*NEW* NSSC-MSI Summer Research Fellowship Program



Meeting the security needs of our nation and preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction requires a concerted effort including involvement of our best scientists. The purpose of this program is to encourage participation of talented students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) in National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) mission-relevant science by joint partnerships with the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC). The program will serve as a pipeline for talented individuals leading to research careers at the U.S. National Laboratories.

The goal of the NSSC is to educate and transition new scientists and engineers into nuclear science and security jobs in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) labs and other federal employment. NSSC-MSI summer research fellows will gain first-hand experience in a research environment through faculty-mentored research projects studying nuclear and particle physics, nuclear chemistry/radiochemistry, nuclear instrumentation, radiation detection concepts and techniques, nuclear engineering, simulation, algorithms, and modeling to advance the state-of-the-art for nuclear nonproliferation applications.



The summer research fellowship program is open to any currently registered undergraduate students of at least Junior standing and currently registered graduate students from a qualifying Minority Serving Institute (MSI). Applicants must be US citizens to apply. The program involves partnership with at least one NSSC member from a participating NSSC university or national laboratory. MSI applicants must establish collaboration with one of the participating NSSC universities prior to submission of their application and a letter of commitment from the sponsoring NSSC member must be submitted at the time of the application deadline. A list of participating faculty and national laboratory members can be found on the NSSC website


Details of Award

Awards will be made to the NSSC partnering institutions hosting summer fellows from MSI institutions. We anticipate giving approximately 5 undergraduate and 5 graduate awards of up to $8,000 per fellow depending on the student’s academic standing. Students will be expected to commit eight to ten weeks of time in the host institution’s research group. The award will cover travel, housing and living expenses during the time spent at the host institution. The summer fellowship program is a full time commitment; holding another job during the fellowship is not allowed.


Application Format

To apply for the NSSC-MSI Summer Research Fellowship, a student must provide all of the information requested on application forms. The complete application package consists of:

  • Student Application Form - download here
  • CV or Resume
  • Official Transcripts
  • Essay
  • Two Letters of Reference - download here
  • Faculty Member Nomination Form - download here
  • A Letter of Commitment from the Sponsoring NSSC Member


Selection Criteria

Summer fellowship awards will be based on the applicant’s academic merit and the degree to which participation in the program will further their educational goals.


Application Due Date and Submission Details

Applications for the NSSC-MSI Summer Research Fellowship Program are due on February 2, 2015 to NSSC management at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please note: applications must be complete to be considered for funding.



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