Rickover Fellowship Program Application Procedures


Students with undergraduate degrees in mathematics, computational science, physical science, or engineering are eligible to apply for the Rickover Fellowship Program in Nuclear Engineering. The program is open to all individuals seeking a doctorate who will be starting graduate studies (on or before September 1, 2022) or who are currently enrolled in a qualified course of study (see Qualified Academic Areas). The initial award is limited to 48 months maximum for doctoral candidates. Prorated for previously completed graduate work, appointments may be shorter than the maximum allowable number of months. Extensions beyond the initial appointment will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. If any applicant is a dual citizen, the applicant may be required to revoke their non-US citizenship in order to be to accept the Fellowship award. Applicants must be capable of obtaining a security clearance from the DOE. If a clearance is not granted in a timely manner, the Fellow will not be allowed to continue in the program. No renewal appointments will be granted to Rickover Fellows who are not able to obtain a security clearance.

Employees of the DOE Naval Reactor Programs and their prime contractors are not eligible for the Rickover Fellowship Program in Nuclear Engineering. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Application Deadline – January 31, 2022

Application forms will be available from November through the end of January 31st of each year for fellowships beginning the following September.  Applications from previous years or from other fellowship programs may not be used.  Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered for awards.  A complete application packet consists of the following sections:

  • Student application (Electronic)
  • Reference Forms (Electronic) (3 reference forms required)
  • Transcripts* (Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent directly from university registrar. Current transcripts should have Fall 2021 grades, if applicable.)
  • GRE scores (scores must be sent directly from ETS using GRE code 5949, test scores dated before 2012 will not be accepted)
  • Authorization for Release of Information Form (Electronic)

All parts of the application must be received by the SCUREF, Charleston Office by January 31st. GRE scores are required for a complete application. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered for awards.  Applicants should submit all materials electronically through the SCUREF website.  If you are unable to submit the application electronically, please contact Nicole Huchet at (843) 793-1079 or via Email.

*Transcripts should be sent directly from the university registrar by fax, mail, or email to:

SCUREF, Charleston Office
PO Box 1026
Johns Island, South Carolina 29457
843-614-6421 fax
UPS/Fed Ex/DHL address:
SCUREF, Charleston Office
2860 Maybank Highway
#1026 (You must use the pound/hashtag sign)
Johns Island, SC 29455