The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Computational Science & Technology Advanced Research Studies Program (C-STARS) is highly selective and offers challenging graduate research opportunities in the computational sciences. C-STARS participants conduct research on nationally visible advanced computing projects in the areas of National Security, Climate Science, Urban Dynamics, Health Data Analytics, Astrophysics, Energy, Chemistry or Biology.


  • Applications are accepted on a year-around basis
  • Appointments are for twelve months, with the possibility of an additional 12-month extension
  • Participants are assigned to high-visibility, leading-edge computational projects
  • There is no U.S. citizenship requirement


  • Participants receive a bi-weekly stipend; the amount is commensurate with the participant’s academic status
  • Participants receive a housing allowance, if the participant’s permanent address is farther than 50 miles from Oak Ridge
  • Participants receive in- and out-bound transportation reimbursement, up to a specified ceiling, if the participant’s permanent address is farther than 50 miles from Oak Ridge
  • The mentor can allocate funds for tuition and fees
  • Participants can attend enrichment activities, including professional development workshops, Laboratory tours, lectures, seminars and poster presentations, with mentor approval


  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be enrolled in a Master’s or a Ph.D. program at an accredited institution
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0
  • Have a significant amount of high-performance computational experience
  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold a visa allowing the participant to be paid
  • Have medical insurance during the appointment – verification required


  • Participants must avoid activities that could present a conflict of interest, and must behave in a responsible and professional manner
  • Participants must complete pre- and post-appointment surveys

Next Steps

All positions are available through the ORNL Computational Science & Technology Advanced Research Studies (C-STARS) Program. To read a full description of each position, click the Position name. The full description includes information on how to apply for the position online.