RFP Application Procedures


Students with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences or engineering are eligible to apply for the Rickover Fellowship Program in Nuclear Engineering. The program is open to all individuals who will be starting graduate studies or graduate students who are currently enrolled in a qualified course of study (see Qualified Academic Areas). The award is limited to 48 months maximum for doctoral candidates. Awards may be limited to less time than the maximum in some situations.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. If any applicant is a dual citizen, the applicant is required to renounce their non-US citizenship in order to be interviewed as a finalist, and ultimately 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. 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

Application forms will be available from November through the end of January.  Applications from previous years or from other fellowship programs may not be used.  Completed applications will be accepted through January 31st for fellowships beginning the following September. 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) (Must have three reference forms submitted for you.)
  • Transcripts* (Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts sent directly from university registrar. Current transcripts should have Fall 2018 grades, if applicable.)
  • GRE scores (scores must be sent directly from ETS using GRE code 5949, test scores dated before 2010 will not be accepted)
  • Authorization for Release of Information Form (Electronic)

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

USCA, Special Programs, Charleston Office
125 Building A Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 201
Charleston, South Carolina 29412
843-647-7741 fax

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.