ORISE research participation programs provide students and faculty with experience at top government laboratories

Through its contract to operate the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), ORAU partners with some of the most respected federally-funded research laboratories and programs.

Below are links to websites created specifically to provide information about these ORISE programs both for prospective applicants as well as for current research participants and the laboratory staff who mentor them.

  • Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists
    The DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) sponsors workforce training programs designed to motivate students and educators to pursue careers that will contribute to the Office of Science’s mission in discovery science and science for the national need. WDTS also partners and coordinates with other DOE program offices and other federal agencies in its workforce and STEM education efforts.

    DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program
    The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities. 

    Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
    The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts.

    National Science Bowl
    The National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in a wide range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math. The most recent National Science Bowl involved more than 13,000 students and is the only science competition in the United States sponsored by a federal agency. 

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    The Science Education Programs at ORNL provide a wide variety of research experiences for students from K-12 to university students from undergraduates to postdocs as well as university faculty all at the historic ORNL facilities in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

    DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program
    The Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. 

    Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program
    The Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program seeks to increase the numbers of minorities with science and engineering experience in areas important to the success of the DOE-Office of Environmental Management mission.

    Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
    The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, sponsored by DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, is a 10-week summer internship program for students who have completed at least one year of study in a science, technology, engineering, or math major. The program's goal is to improve opportunities for minority and female students in these fields, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

    National Energy Technology Laboratory
    The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) offers opportunities to participate in energy-related research through three highly competitive science education programs. Internships are offered for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates; research fellowship programs are available for postdocs; and training programs enable faculty to collaborate with NETL principal investigators on research at state-of-the-art NETL facilities.

    Postdoctoral Research Associate Program at Savannah River National Laboratory
    The Postdoctoral Research Associate Program at Savannah River National Laboratory offers opportunities for recent Ph.D. graduates who want additional research experience in national security, environmental stewardship or clean energy. The research products of SRNL postdocs advance SRNL’s contributions for DOE’s Office of Environmental Management.

    DOE EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards
    The DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE's mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.

    DOE EERE Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
    The DOE EERE Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships serve as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly talented scientists and engineers to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. 

    DOE Scholars
    DOE Scholars offers unique opportunities for students or post-graduates to learn about the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission and operations in disciplines such as energy security, nuclear security, scientific discovery and innovation, environmental responsibility, and management excellence.

    Carlsbad Field Office Fellowship Program
    The CBFO Fellowship Program is designed to support CBFO's mission by offering high school seniors, undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates in STEM disciplines the opportunity to conduct mission oriented research in DOE's CBFO in Carlsbad, N.M., or at other sites throughout the DOE complex.

    EPSA Fellowship Program
    The Office of Climate, Environment, and Energy Efficiency - EPSA Fellowship program supports the role of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis to deliver unbiased energy analysis to DOE's leadership on existing and prospective energy-related policies, focusing in part on integrative analysis of energy systems. The program objectives are to encourage individuals in educational and experiential learning opportunities and conduct research in mission-related disciplines in order to advance EPSA’s mission.

    Office of International Climate & Clean Energy Fellowship Program
    The Office of International Climate and Clean Energy (ICCE) Fellowship program offers educational and experiential learning opportunities for individuals to conduct research in mission-related disciplines in order to advance ICCE's mission.

    Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Science Education & Internship Program
    The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management offers students and recent college graduates opportunities to learn about the mission of the DOE-EM office and to receive specialized training and practical experience on the safe cleanup of environmental projects stemming from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored energy research.

  • U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Research Participation Program
    The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) conducts biomedical research to improve and sustain warfighter health and performance and focuses on environmental medicine, physiology, physical and cognitive performance, and nutrition research.

    U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity Research Participation Program
    The U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity, known as AMSAA, is an Army Materiel Command organization that conducts a variety of critical analyses to provide state-of-the-art analytical solutions to senior level Army and Department of Defense officials.

    U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology Research Participation Program
    The U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education. AFIT is committed to providing defense-focused graduate and professional continuing education and research to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air and space forces.

    U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center (CERDEC) Research Participation Program
    As an Army applied research center under the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, CERDEC provides the diverse technical expertise and operational awareness and understanding to develop, engineer and foresee essential Army needs in mission command and intelligence technologies, applications and networks designed to connect and protect the Soldier.

    U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command - Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center Research Participation Program
    The U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command - Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) performs medical reconnaissance and special operations to address critical gaps that are underrepresented in DoD medical research programs. TATRC is focused at both ends of the research spectrum, exploring models of high risk and innovative research, and putting research findings into the hands of warfighters while looking toward wider civilian utility.

    U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense Research Participation Program
    The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) is the nation's leading science and technology laboratory in the area of medical chemical countermeasures research and development. With sophisticated laboratories located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, USAMRICD manages a diversified portfolio of medical chemical warfare agent research projects for the Department of Defense and other Federal Agencies.

    Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Research Participation Program
    The Walter Reed Army Insitiute of Research (WRAIR) aims to conduct biomedical research that is responsive to Department of Defense and U.S. Army requirements and delivers lifesaving products including knowledge, technology and medical material that sustain the combat effectiveness of the warfighter.

    U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory Research Participation Program
    The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) aims to provide medical research in the military operations environment to sustain the warfighter’s performance by delivering medical research, developing, testing, and evaluating solutions to air and ground Warriors. USAARL conducts medical research to develop and provide the biomedical basis for countermeasures that prevent and mitigate Warrior injury.

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research Participation Program
    With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working diligently to strengthen our nation’s security by building and maintaining America’s infrastructure and providing military facilities where our service members train, work and live. We are also researching and developing technology for our war fighters while protecting America’s interests abroad by using our engineering expertise to promote stability and improve quality of life.

    U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease Research Research Participation Program
    Since its inception in 1969, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has spearheaded research to develop medical solutions—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and information—to protect our military service members from biological threats. Our specialized capabilities include Biosafety Level 3 and Level 4 laboratories, world-class expertise in the generation of biological aerosols for testing candidate vaccines and therapeutics, and fully accredited animal research facilities.

    U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Participation Program
    The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) undergraduate student internship program provides opportunities for students interested in science, engineering or medical career fields to participate in research directed at improving the care of injured military service members and society at large.

    U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research Research Participation Program
    Scientists at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research (USACEHR) are dedicated to improving risk assessment methods and developing biomonitoring technologies for military environmental health hazards. USACEHR's vision is to effectively develop medical products to ensure force health protection. Their mission is to provide diagnostic and prognostic tools for environmental and occupational health surveillance.

  • DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors the DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions to provide faculty and student research teams with the opportunity to conduct research at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence.

    HS-STEM Summer Internship Program
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals.

    Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School
    NFUSS is a six-week course, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), designed to provide undergraduate students with comprehensive, experimental, hands-on training in topics essential to nuclear forensics. Through laboratory experiments and complementary lectures, students are introduced to the practice and technical aspects of nuclear forensic science.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The Research Participation Programs at the CDC are educational and training programs designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific CDC research and current public health research initiatives at their facilities in Atlanta, Ga.

    Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
    The Intelligence Community 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.

    National Institutes of Health
    Research Participation Programs at the NIH are educational and training programs designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to participate in project-specific NIH research, current public health research, and developmental activities.

    National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program
    The National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program allows doctoral students in mathematics to participate in internships at national laboratories and other approved facilities and gain first-hand experience using mathematics in a nonacademic setting.

    USDA Agricultural Research Service Research Participation Program
    The Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency responsible for developing and transferring solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority. The ARS Research Participation Program places researchers in frontline research posts around the nation.

    National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Visiting Scientist Program
    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Visiting Scientists work with NGA Geospatial R&D Scientists who apply the scientific method in one or more disciplines (e.g., photogrammetry, geodesy, computer science, mathematics, image science, human terrain analysis) to advance geospatial science and enhance agency tradecraft through systematic experimentation and exploration.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    The Internship/Research Participation Programs at EPA provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in current environmental research in areas such as air and radiation, water quality, solid waste and emergency response.

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The Research Participation Programs at FDA are designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific FDA research and developmental activities at eight different FDA facilities.

    Plum Island Animal Disease Center Research Participation Program
    The PIADC Research Participation Program aims to provide a variety of educational and research opportunities, including graduate and postdoctoral fellowships, that will result in the development of new knowledge and technology in the control and eradication of foreign animal diseases.

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Research Participation Program
    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. HRSA programs help those in need of high quality primary health care, people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women and mothers. HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery.