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Nuclear Power Fellowship

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Nuclear Power Research at Nevada

Since 1992, the University of Nevada, Reno has conducted externally-funded research on the response of spent nuclear fuel transport casks to fire accident conditions as well as performance and reliability of materials in advanced nuclear power applications. This work has been funded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, National Laboratories, the State of Nevada, and industry.

Nuclear Power Fellowship

The objective of the Fellowship in Materials & Thermal Science for Nuclear Power program is to help develop a workforce with advanced degrees who are able to support the design, construction, operation and regulation of nuclear facilities, and the safe handling of nuclear materials. This program is funded by the US Nuclear Regulatory commission.

Program Benefits

  • A yearly stipend of $25,500 for up to four years for Ph.D. Fellows; or $22,500 for up to two years for MS Fellows.
  • Full-time graduate tuition at the University.
  • Faculty research supervision and professional career advisement.
  • Travel and registration for one professional conference per year.
  • An internship at a National Lab, the NRC or a nuclear industry facility performing research and analysis that will enhance the professional experience and development of the Fellow. Relocation costs for the internship will be provided by the fellowship program.

Program Requirements

The following conditions must be fulfilled to receive/maintain a fellowship:

  • US Citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Full-time enrollment in the graduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Perform research leading to an MS or Ph.D. under supervision of a faculty research advisor.
  • Sign a Nuclear Regulatory Commission service agreement which requires the Fellow to work for in a nuclear related role for six months for every one year (or fraction thereof) of funding he/she receives from the Program. Download a sample agreement.
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.3 or better (on a 4.0 scale) each semester and make satisfactory progress toward completion of a dissertation or thesis.
  • Author or co-author and submit one paper per year to a peer reviewed conference.
  • Apply to the University Graduate Student Association for supplemental travel funds to present a conference paper. Funds not provided by the Association will be provided by the Fellowship Program.
  • Submit one application, with the support of the faculty advisor, to a national graduate fellowship program, such as those from the DOE NNSA or DOE Office of Science, if the fellow is eligible to apply.
  • Intern one summer at a nuclear related National Lab, government agency or nuclear industrial site.

Application Process

  • To apply for travel funds to attend an orientation weekend at the University send an email to
  • After receiving graduate admission to the University, applicants should submit tentative proof of US citizenship or permanent residency, an essay describing professional background and goals and an indication of willingness to fulfill the fellowship requirements (listed above) to

Contact Us

Nuclear Power Fellowship (0388)

1664 N. Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89557

Phone (775) 784-7066

Fax (775) 327-5059

Paul Laxalt Mineral Research, Room 2472

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