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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Scholarship and Fellowship Program

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Nuclear Regulatory Commission


This Scholarship and Fellowship program provides funding for undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, trade school and community college scholarships, and faculty development grants. The program allows students to pursue an education in science, engineering, or another field of study that the Commission determines is in a critical skill area related to its regulatory mission. Scholarship and fellowship recipients need to be enrolled in a trade school or postsecondary accredited educational institution; programs accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency; registered apprenticeship programs; a professional degree or graduate program offered by an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. The activity supported by this funding is intended to benefit the nuclear sector broadly. Consequently, NRC requires scholarship and fellowship students to serve 6 months in nuclear-related employment for each full or partial year of academic support. The employment may be with NRC, other Federal agencies, State agencies, Department of Energy laboratories, nuclear-related industry, or academia in the studentsÂ’ sponsored fields of study. Recipients of scholarships and fellowships must commit to the service obligation agreement. The program also supports faculty development in the nuclear-related fields of Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics, Radiochemistry and related disciplines as determined by the NRC. The program specifically target probationary, tenure-track faculty in these academic areas during the first 6 years of their career.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $15,000,000; FY 10 est $15,000,000; FY 11 est not reported. - Funds availability are subject to annual appropriations.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

This program provides funding to accredited post-secondary schools and institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, fellowships, and stipends to develop a cadre of professionals, and a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. Faculty development grants provide support for developing applications for research, small amounts for initiating or continuing research projects in their areas of expertise, and expenses associated with an institutionÂ’s faculty development plan. Funds are managed by the awardee institution. Primary responsibility for general supervision of all grant activities rests with the grantee institution. Funds many not be used for purposes other than those specified in the award. Fellowships, scholarship and stipends are paid to the students and fellows directly through his/her institution. Scholarship and fellowship recipients are required to comply with a service obigation agreement for a period of 6 months for every year or partial year of support received.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Not Applicable.

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Awards range from $36,500 to $450,000 in FY2009, with an average award of $307,000.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

The period of performance for project grants shall be between one and four years (depending on the program) years at intervals determined at the time of award. Funds must be expended within the active period of performance. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Applicant Eligibility:

Applicants must be an accredited U.S. public or private institutions of higher education.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Undergraduate and Graduate students of four year accredited public or private institutions of higher educations. Beneficiaries also include students in a technical or trade program within an accredited Trade School or Community College.

Award Procedure:

Applications are processed by the assigned staff and approved by the NRC, based on a set of criteria established by the NRC, as stated in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

John Gutteridge 11555 Rockville Pike Mail Stop: W5-A6 Rockville, MD 20852 , Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: Phone: 301-492-2313

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