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Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Scholarship Program (NSFUP)

Ready to make an impact?  Click here to get startedThe Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Scholarship Program (NFUSP) provides scholarships to qualified undergraduate students pursuing degrees in disciplines relevant to technical nuclear forensics including physics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, and materials science.  Students gain hands-on experience through summer research opportunities at Department of Energy national laboratories and close interaction with technical experts throughout the national nuclear forensics community.  The program aims to build a viable student career path in nuclear forensics in order to cultivate the next generation of highly qualified scientists in this critically important field and is a complementary program to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellowship Program.

Program Length

Nine-to-12 week summer appointment at a national laboratory performing study and research within the objectives of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office nuclear forensics mission, and a fall term to complete and present a technical report detailing the research.


Domestic Nuclear Detection Office


National laboratory locations across the U.S.


Scholarship recipients will receive a stipend of $10,000 to support the summer research appointment at a national laboratory and project completion during the fall term, and to participate in developmental activities.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered, an application must:

  • Be an undergraduate student enrolled in a full-time degree program in nuclear or geochemical sciences, including but not limited to physics, chemistry, engineering, and material science; and
  • Be a U.S. citizen.

Application Deadline

The application period for the 2015-2016 academic year will begin in early November 2014 and close February 2, 2015.

Application Requirements and How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Online application
  • Three references
  • Official transcripts
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship

Who to Contact for Additional Information

NFUSP is administered by the South Carolina Universities Research and Education Foundation (SCUREF).  Visit the NFUSP page for more information.

For all other inquiries, email, with “NFUSP” in the subject line.

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