U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Scholarship and
Fellowship Program

This Scholarship and Fellowship 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.

Recipients need to be enrolled in a professional degree or graduate program

offered by a four year institution of higher education in the United States.

Recipients of scholarships and fellowships must commit to employment by the Commission.

Agency - Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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Program Accomplishments

It is anticipated that approximately 8-10 awards will be made resulting in approximately 40-50 fellowships and or scholarships.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program provides funding to four year institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, fellowships and stipends to develop a cadre of nuclear professionals.

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 to be paid to the awardee directly through his/her institution.

Recipients are required to enter in an agreement for employment with the NRC for a period equal to the level of support received.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be four year U.S.

public and private institutions of higher education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students. Four year public and private intuitions of higher education.


Proposals must be signed electronically by an official authorized to commit the institution in business and financial affairs and who can commit the organization to certain proposal certifications. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for colleges and universities. Applicants for scholarship and fellowship support must show evidence of ability such as academic records, and grade point average.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Proposals should be submitted as specified in the funding opportunity announcement posted at www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Applications are processed by the assigned staff and approved by the Commission based on a set of criteria established by the NRC.


Deadlines are stated in the solicitations.


Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Section 243).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90-180 days.




Proposals for renewal are subject to review and acceptance by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission office of Human Resources Training Division.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The schedule of NRC payments is arranged at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements


The schedule of reports is arranged at the time of negotiation.


The extent and frequency of audits depend on the size of the grant and the particular grant provisions.


Awardee is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate total costs incurred under the agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $400,000; FY 08 $400,000; and FY 09 est not reported. Funds are subject to annual appropriations.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852 and Two White Flint North, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.Mailing Address: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Washington, D.C. 20555-0001. Telephone (301) 415-7000.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Capacity and ability of the institution to effectively conduct the program. Number and quality of students that will be served by the program. Justification for number of students served and amount of stipend and scholarship support. Quality and feasibility of recruitment and marketing strategies. Quality of technical programs for scholarship/fellowship programs. Type of student support, i.e. mentoring or advisor assistance Feasibility and completeness of an evaluation plan that will measure the effectiveness of the scholarship/fellowship program Institutional support for the program and the extent to which the institution is committed to making the program an organizational focus. Plans for sustainability. Additional merit review considerations apply.

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