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, 2024) 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.

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, 2024

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. An application consists of the following sections:

  • Student application
  • References (3 required)
  • Transcripts (Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent directly from university registrar.)
  • GRE scores (Scores must be sent directly from ETS using code 5949. Please call ETS if you don’t see code 5949 on their online request form. Test scores dated before 2014 will not be accepted.)
  • Authorization for Release of Information Form

Application forms are located at the SCUREF website at www.scuref.org and applicants should submit all materials electronically through this site. If you are unable to submit the application electronically, please contact Nicole Huchet at nhuchet@scuref.org, (843) 793-1079 so alternatives can be discussed.

Please Note: All parts of the application must be received at SCUREF by January 31st. GRE scores are required for a complete application. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered for awards.