Neutron Scattering Graduate Research at ORNL

In FY 2023, Neutron Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is launching a pilot program that offers graduate students the opportunity to pursue collaborative research projects working side-by-side with scientific experts at two of the Department of Energy’s world-leading neutron sources, the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS).

The program will be open to graduate students from US-based universities admitted to PhD candidate programs. Students will be required to apply jointly with their PhD supervisor and an ORNL Neutron Sciences staff member who also will serve as the student’s scientific mentor.

Positions will be awarded to work for periods between 3 and 12 months. The students’ salary and benefits will be paid by their university while ORNL will cover the costs for allowable travel and local living expenses.

Research proposals will be evaluated based on

  • Scientific merit: Does the proposed research program represent forefront science in its discipline and is neutron scattering utilized in an appropriate and advantageous manner?
  • Strategic value: Is the proposed activity likely to advance neutron scattering by introducing new scientific ideas or experimental techniques, or developing advantageous collaborations with academic groups?

To apply for the pilot program, download the forms below and return all completed documents to

The application deadline for the FY 2023 pilot program is August 14, 2022.

Program Application

Program Application - Student

Program Application - Faculty

Program Application - ORNL Staff