U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Scholarship and Fellowship Program


This Scholarship and Fellowship program provides funding for undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and trade school and community college scholarships. In addition, faculty development grants are funded under this authority as explained below. 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. The trade school and community college scholarship program supports certificates or Associate degrees in crafts/disciplines necessary for developing and maintaining a nuclear workforce.

This activity is intended to benefit the nuclear industry broadly. NRC requires scholarship and fellowship students to comply with a service obligation agreement for a period of 6 months for every year or partial year of support received. However, the NRC may establish criteria for the partial or total waiver or suspension of any obligation of service or payment incurred by a student. The employment may be with the NRC, other Federal agencies, State agencies, nuclear-related industry, or academia in the students’ sponsored fields of study. Recipients of scholarship 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 targets probationary, tenure-track faculty in these academic areas during the first 6 years of their career.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 651 (c)(1), Public Law 109-58, 119 Stat. 801, 42 U.S.C 2051 (b).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must be a U.S. public or private institutions of higher education, accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individual Recipients must be undergraduate and graduate students of accredited U.S. public or private institutions of higher education. Candidates for the Faculty Development program are targeted for probationary, tenure-track faculty in nuclear related fields during the first 6 years of their career. All recipients must be U.S. citizens or noncitizen national of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status).
Administration and cost will be determined in accordance with guidance in 2 CFR 200 for institutions of higher education. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Apply using the electronic application package required in the Funding Opportunity Announcement this enables NRC to receive the application from Grants.gov.

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 the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Please see the active Funding Opportunity Announcement for published response deadlines.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
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 or 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 or 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. See the selection criteria as stated in the funding opportunity announcement.
How may assistance be used?
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 institution’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 obligation agreement for a period of 6 months for every year or partial year of support received.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. The recipient shall submit "Performance Progress Reports" (reported on SF-PPR, SF-PPR-B, and SF-PPR-E) and a final report as stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of the award document in compliance with 2 CFR 200. The recipient shall submit "Federal Financial Reports," (reported on SF-425) as stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of the award document in compliance with 2 CFR 200. The recipient shall adhere to the performance monitoring requirements (depending on the program) as stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of the award document in compliance with 2 CFR 200.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
The recipient shall adhere to records management requirements as stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of the award document in compliance with 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. Matching is not required for this program but is encouraged.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of performance for project grants shall be between 2 and 4 years (depending on the program). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
M'Lita Carr Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Two White Flint North
11545 Rockville Pike, Mail Stop: TWFN- T5-E02
, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: MLita.Carr@nrc.gov Phone: 301-415-6869
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $15,000,000; FY 15 est $15,000,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Award amounts ranage from $150,000.00 to $450,000.00 (depending on the program).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Reports, brochures, guidelines, and frequently asked questions are available at http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/grants.html.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.