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​​​​​​The Office of Nuclear Energy Issues Requests for Scholarship and Fellowship Applications

August 31, 2023

​The Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) today announced two new Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the University Nuclear Leadership Program (UNLP) seeking applicants for the following opportunities:

  • Trade School and Community College Scholarship Program – provides students receiving training as nuclear energy-related technicians $5,000 toward the cost of tuition and additional expenses for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Four-year College/University Undergraduate Scholarship Program – provides students pursuing a nuclear energy-related degree $10,000 toward the cost of tuition and additional expenses for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Graduate Fellowship Program – provides $169,000 over three years to support graduate research relevant to nuclear energy and includes a summer internship at a DOE national laboratory or approved facility.

    Student applications are due on January 16, 2024 and must be submitted using the online system at NE intends to notify award recipients in spring 2024.

FY 2023 Scholarship RFA

FY 2023 Fellowship RFA

Scholarship & Fellowship Q&A

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Students can apply without their institutions being UNLP-approved. However, institutions with students receiving awards will need to be UNLP-approved by NE prior to the transfer of award funds for students. This is done by the university/college through a separate Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0002265) found at For more information on how to become a UNLP-approved institution, please visit the Scholarship and Fellowship Resources page at​​

Office of Nuclear Energy's University Nuclear Leadership Program (UNLP), Scholarship and Fellowship Support Funding Opportunity Announcement: DE-FOA-0002265

October 15, 2020​

This FOA is to award multiple cooperative agreements to accredited United States (U.S.) two- and four-year colleges and universities to receive and administer scholarship and fellowship funding—provided through the UNLP and as administered by the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)—on behalf of selected students attending those institutions.

​The application process will be open continuously for the 10-year cycle of this FOA.

UNLP University FOA DE-FOA-0002265 Amendment 3​

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​NE Releases Amendment 002 to the FY 2024 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research FOA

December 8, 2023

Amendment 002 to the FY 2024 CINR FOA includes the following changes:

  • clarifies requirements that 80% of the total budget request should directly support lead or collaborating partners that are MSIs for the IRP-2: Grand Challenge Research and Development at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) workscope.
  • REU supplement related to subawards, and the budget form have been updated on pages 7 and 38 of the FOA, respectively.
  • clarification regarding indirect costs as they relate to REU supplement has also been provided on pages 7, 20, 38, and 39 of the FOA.

FY 2024 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear (CINR) Research and Development (R&D) Amendement 002 (DE-FOA-0003038)​


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FY2024 Submission Deadlines - All deadlines at by 5:00 pm ET

CINR R&D  Deadline
DOE Topic Area Office HoursJuly 10-13, 2023
Letter of Intent (Mandatory only for NSUF-1 and NSUF-2 Applications)July 12, 2023
R&D/NSUF Pre-Applications (Mandatory except for IRPs)July 26, 2023
NSUF Preliminary State of WorkAugust 31, 2023
NSUF Final Statement of WorkDecember 6, 2023
Full R&D/NSUF and IRP ApplicationsDecember 20, 2023

Additional Resources:

FY 2024 Webinar Presentations

General Q&As

Nuclear Science and Engineering Sourcebook


DOE Launches Two Infrastructure Funding Opportunities to Enhance Access to Nuclear Energy Instruction and R&D

December 6, 2024

NE has allocated a combined $7 million for the University Reactor Sharing and Outreach Program and University Nuclear Research Infrastructure Revitalization funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).​ 

The University Nuclear Research Infrastructure Revitalization FOA supports the revitalization of U.S. capacity for university-led nuclear R&D by establishing or improving university nuclear facilities, equipment, and other related capabilities. The University Reactor Sharing and Outreach Program FOA encourages universities with existing nuclear research reactors to share resources and facilities with non-reactor educational institutions, such as K-12, vocational schools, and community colleges, among others. 

These FOAs are designed to increase access to nuclear energy instruction, remove barriers to participate in nuclear research and development, and inspire more students to consider careers in nuclear energy. 

DOE plans to announce the awardees for each FOA in the spring of 2024.  

New FOAs Announcement


Link to full press release

FY24 University Reactor Sharing and Outreach FOA

FY24 University Nuclear Research Infrastructure Revitalization FOA