Enhance your expertise and collaborate with many of the nation’s leading science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experts as you complete your research. Opportunities are available for current Master’s and Ph.D. students to participate as members of research teams at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

All programs on this page are limited to current graduate students from an institution of higher education in the United States, except where noted. You must be at least 18 years old by the first day of your appointment. Application deadlines vary by program. Click on the program name to learn more about each.

Graduate Student Research Programs

Program Eligibility Duration Commitment
Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity (ASTRO)
  • Current Graduate Student
  • No citizenship requirement
  • Open to Foreign Institutions
Year-round - 1-12 months, with add’l 12 months possible Full-time or part-time
Computational Science and Technology Advanced Research Studies (C-STARS)
  • Current Graduate Student
  • No citizenship requirement
  • 3.5+ GPA
  • Prior computational experience
Year-round – 1 year minimum
Add’l 4 years possible 
Full-time or part-time
Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE)- Current Graduate Students
  • Current Graduate Student
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA
Flexible terms Full-time or part-time
Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS)
  • Current Graduate Student
  • No Citizenship Requirement
  • 3.0+ GPA
Flexible terms; 10-week minimum suggested in summer Full-time or part-time

DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

  • Current Graduate Student
10-week Summer 16-Week Fall or Spring Full-time