Postgraduate Research Program (PGRP)

The NETL Postgraduate Research Program (PGRP), managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, is a high-intensity program designed to not only identify recent master’s and doctoral graduates of high promise, but to continue developing advanced research skills within those graduates. It allows the postgraduate researcher to systematically outline career goals and helps provide the means of achieving these goals. One way the program helps to achieve these goals is the critical interaction with NETL principal investigators, who become the postgraduate’s mentor. This interaction affords the postgraduate researcher a unique opportunity to define and structure his or her investigations, to establish a research paradigm, and to publish results--all critical skills needed to become an independent scientist or engineer. See the NETL On-Site Research Core Competencies.


  • Carbon Management
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Combustion Science
  • Computational Research
  • Environmental Science
  • Fuel Cell Research
  • Geosciences
  • High Temperature/High Pressure Science
  • Materials Performance
  • Methane Hydrates Research
  • Process Development
  • Reciprocating Engines Research
  • Remote Sensing
  • Sensors and Controls
  • Separations Science
  • Surface Science


Post-Master: Ten weeks to two year initial appointments renewable up to three years

Post-Doctoral: Ten weeks to two year initial appointments renewable up to five years


Graduates who received their master’s degree within the last three years, or doctorate within the last five years.


  • Stipend – All postgraduate appointments provide a monthly stipend based upon academic classification and experience.
  • Insurance – Stipend supplement for single or family medical insurance is provided for most appointments (restrictions apply).
  • Household Relocation – Awarded on a case-by-case basis, relocation supplements assist with moving your household goods from your current residence to the research center (restrictions may apply).
  • On-station Travel – Classified as travel during your appointment, on-station travel is designed to enhance your learning experience by promoting attendance at conferences, workshops, and other educational meetings. Awarded on a case-by-case basis.


Application is always open.

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