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Opportunity Deadlines and Upcoming Events

Opportunity Deadline
ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) Ongoing
2017 Student/Faculty Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Varies
DOE, NGA and DoD Summer Opportunties Varies
Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program March 31, 2017
8th Workshop on Neutron Scattering Applications in Structural Biology April 22, 2017
Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) Call for User Proposals: High-Impact Nanoscience Research May 2, 2017
NOAA scholarship annoucement Unspecified
ORAU Events Sponsorship Program Cycle 1 deadline: Sept. 1
Cycle 2 deadline: March 1
ORAU Travel Grants Ongoing (may submit two requests per fiscal year, which runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30)

Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) Call for User Proposals: High-Impact Nanoscience Research

March 15, 2017

The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is soliciting proposals for user-initiated nanoscience research that will make effective use of CNMS facilities and staff expertise. The CNMS nanoscience research program provides users with access to a broad range of capabilities for nanomaterials design, synthesis, characterization, and theory/modeling/simulation.  Access is provided at no cost to users for research that is in the public domain and intended for publication in the open literature.

Scientifically high-impact proposals are sought that take advantage of any of the CNMS research capabilities. In particular, prospective users are invited to take advantage of new and recently upgraded CNMS capabilities for Chemical Imaging. Chemical imaging is the ability to create a visual image of the composition, structure, and dynamics of any given chemical sample. The goal of chemical imaging is to gain a fundamental understanding of complex chemical structure and processes with time-dependent spatial and functional characterization in four dimensions (space and time).

Approved projects will be granted access to CNMS facilities during the period August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 2, 2017. For more information on the Chemical Imaging and other CNMS capabilities, visit Prospective users are invited and strongly encouraged to contact CNMS Staff Members in their respective research areas to discuss their proposal ideas and learn more about the specific capabilities of interest to them.

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DOE, NGA and DoD Summer Opportunties

March 2, 2017

The Department of Energy (DOE) and Office of Environmental Management (EM) are offering summer internships to current undergraduate and graduate students attending a Minority Serving Institution though the Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP). Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a STEM discipline.


  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be working toward a degree in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, or mathematics)
  • Have a minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

When & Where:

  • Summer start dates vary between May 15 & June 5, and are 10 weeks in duration
  • Research internships available at all six national labs
    • Argonne National Laboratory (Illinois)
    • Idaho National Laboratory (Idaho)
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico)
    • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Tennessee)
    • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Washington)
    • Savannah River National Laboratory (South Carolina)
  • Application Deadline: March 20, 2017


  • Selected candidates will be compensated by either a stipend or salary, and may include one round trip domestic travel to and from the host laboratory. Stipends and salaries will be commensurate with cost of living at the location of the host laboratory. Housing information will be provided to interns prior to arrival at the host laboratory, and will vary from lab to lab.

For the full list of internships and eligibility; visit

Questions? Contact To hear more about position openings like this, follow us on Twitter at @GovCareerPaths.


National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Summer Faculty and Sabbatical Appointments

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, has numerous opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows, and Faculty members to participate in a sabbaticals, or short term appointment during the summer/semester breaks. Some Faculty appointments may be completed at the university.

Academic/Topical Expertise areas of interest include:

  • Computation Modeling
  • Data Analytics & Synthesis
  • Environmental Modeling
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Mathematics
  • Statistical Forecasting
  • Cloud Expertise
  • Cyber Security Expertise
  • Data Quality Assurance
  • Data Science.

U.S. Citizenship is required for all appointments. Appointments are made based on the selectee's availability. For short-term summer appointments, applicants should consider applying by the end of April. 

Please visit for specific project details and additional information.


2017 DoD Summer Research Opportunities

DoD announces the following civilian summer research program with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. A listing of all opportunities, complete eligibility information and instructions to apply can be located at The opportunities  are located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, or Adelphi, Maryland. The start dates are based on Applicant availability. Selected participants will receive monthly stipends for their research participation within each program. One application may be utilized to apply to multiple projects.  

U.S. Army Research Lab - Summer Journeyman Fellowship Program (100+ undergraduate opportunities, 50+ opportunities for BS graduates, 60+ Graduate students and recent graduates + Ph.D. candidates) - Non U.S. Citizens may apply for consideration at the Master’s and Ph.D. level.

Application Deadline: March 17, 2017

Information Webpage:

Research areas include, but are not limited to the following:
Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Chemistry, Cell Biology, Chemical Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Health Physics, Hearing Science, Human Factors Engineering, Information Science, Industrial Engineering, Genetics-Genomics, Mathematics, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience Medical Physics, Neuromorphic Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Neuroscience, Physiology, Physics, Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Robotics, Social Science, Spectroscopy, Statistics, Statistical Data Mining and more.

For additional information, please contact Mike Janney, ORAU Senior Recruiter, or (410) 306-9217.

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2017 Student/Faculty Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Feb. 10, 2017

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system. Scientific programs focus on materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security. Visit to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers great research opportunities! 


  • U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Full-time faculty member in STEM field at an accredited U.S. institution

Application Deadline, Informational Website and Contact Information

Higher Education Research Experience Students and Recent Graduates            


  • U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Open to Undergraduates, Recent-BS and AAS, MS, and Ph.D.
  • Appointments are primarily for Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) majors but all majors can apply
  • Minimum GPA - 2.5/4.0

Application Deadline, Informational Website and Contact Information

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Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program 

Feb. 10, 2017

The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the Intelligence Community.

The research is conducted by the Postdocs, while working in partnership with a Research Advisor and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community. In partnership with the Research Advisor, the Postdoc composes and submits a technical proposal that responds to a research opportunity identified at:

Award Details: 

  • Annual stipends range from $75,000 to $79,000, depending on research location.
  • Annual travel budget of up to $6,000
  • Appointments for 2 years, and option to extend for a third year.
  • Host institutions receive an annual laboratory budget of up to $5,000.
  • Research Advisors receive a $10,000 stipend and an annual travel budget of up to $2,000

Postdoc Eligibility:  U. S. citizenship required Ph.D. received within 5 years of the application deadline

Application Deadline:  March 31, 2017

For additional program information please visit:

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8th Workshop on Neutron Scattering Applications in Structural Biology: Oak Ridge, TN, June 5-9, 2017

Jan. 19, 2017

The workshop on Neutron Scattering Applications in Structural Biology aims at enabling structural biologists to fully exploit the latest instrumentation and software development at the SNS and HFIR facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Attendees will participate in lectures and tutorials focusing exclusively on neutron techniques applied in structural biology. The workshop is designed for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty new to or with limited experience of neutron scattering.

Travel and accommodation expenses are supported for selected participants from the United States. International applications are welcome - however the course organization is not able to support travel or accommodation.  The number of participants will be limited to 15. There is no registration fee for all selected participants.

The application package consisting of the below, should be sent electronically to before April 22, 2017.

  • Information form
  • CV
  • Applicant motivation letter (1/2 to 1 page)
  • Principal Investigator letter of support (for graduate students only; 1/2 to 1 page)

Detailed information can be found on the workshop web page:

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ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) now accepting concept submissions

Nov. 3, 2016

The ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) program is now accepting University concept submissions.Universities may now initiate discussion on a potential ODRD idea through the UPO Value Through Partnerships SharePoint new “ODRD Ideas” submission button.

Designed to facilitate collaboration between ORAU Programs and University Partners, ODRD competitively funds select innovative research-based approaches/solutions that fall within the intersection of core capabilities of ORAU and our member universities research interests. Proposed ideas may include any of the following ORAU Core capabilities:

  • Radiation detection/survey applications/modeling
  • Radiochemistry/mercury analyses
  • Health physics/radiation dosimetry
  • Beryllium LPTs/worker health
  • Data analytics/GIS applications
  • Epidemiology/exposure risk assessments
  • Safety culture/health communication
  • Atmospheric science
  • CO2 measurements
  • Nanotechnology related to emergency response
  • Emergency management/community resilience
  • REAC/TS radiation emergency/CBL techniques
  • Energy/nuclear small modular reactors
  • STEM Education & Workforce Development Program Evaluation & Impact
  • Logic Models & Longitudinal Studies
  • External Evaluation Studies of STEM Education Grant Proposals
  • Program/Project Survey Instruments
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Data Management Plans
  • Systematic Review of literature
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research and Analysis
  • Peer Review Technology

Concept submissions should be very brief and should not include any proprietary or business sensitive information. After the concept is reviewed and a partnership project is deemed viable, non-disclosure agreements will be signed to allow detailed discussion either at the university campus or at ORAU. 

Access to the UPO Value Through Partnerships site requires an agreement through the access permission process and a signed MOU. If your school needs access to the site, please let us know. Please remember that information contained in this site is available for ORAU Members only and may not be shared with non-member entities.

For additional information, visit the ODRD Program page or contact Jen Garman, or Cathy Fore, For additional information or assistance with SharePoint access, please contact

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NOAA - Office of Education Scholarships announces 2017 application now open

Oct. 3, 2016

NOAA student scholarship programs provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain hands-on experience, pursue research, and educational training in NOAA-mission sciences.

  • EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides scholarships and internships to outstanding students studying at Minority Serving Institutions.
  • Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $9,500 per year) for full-time study during the nine-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($700/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and academic assistance (up to a maximum of $9,500) for full-time study during a second nine-month academic year.


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Information regarding ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) pilot program

ORAU has launched an ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) pilot program, designed to facilitate collaboration between ORAU Programs and University Partners by funding innovative research-based approaches/ solutions that fall within the intersection of core capabilities of ORAU and our member universities research interests. Through an internal, competitive application process, successful ODRD-funded projects will result in proposals that can generate new sponsored research, jointly performed by ORAU and partner universities.

Funds allocated to universities may be used for faculty summer salary, graduate student salary, travel, equipment, or other assistance relevant to the faculty member’s research. ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the award.

ODRD projects are an ORAU program-driven effort at this time. If the program is extended to FY 2017, additional information regarding eligibility, the application process and deadlines will be provided.   

Spotlight on the Powe Junior Faculty Awards program

Employment and Entrepreneurship seminar at the University of South Carolina

Learn about the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards and how they are making a difference for junior faculty at ORAU member universities across the country.