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ORNL has lots of opportunities for students to conduct research in scientific fields. Check out our Fellowship and Internship programs.

Cyber Institute Fellowships Internships

Internship and Fellowship Programs


We are committed to nurturing and educating a diverse, innovative, and world-class future workforce in cyberspace sciences. CSIIR researchers actively collaborate with faculty and students from a wide range of academic programs from High School to Ph.D. from across the nation. Faculty and students with interest in cyber security related research and strong background in mathematics and computer sciences are encouraged to look into the CSIIR Cyber Security Institute and the many internship opportunities available at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

CSIIR Cyber Institute

The Cyber Security Institute at ORNL is an annual 10-week research initiative in which talented graduate and undergraduate students in computer science, mathematics, and related fields are invited to tackle real-world problems in cyber security. The Institute includes focused introductions to relevant cyber security topics, helping students discover areas of interest. Students work directly with ORNL's cyber security research scientists on ongoing projects that may include, for example, exploiting software and hardware vulnerabilities, modeling and simulation of cyberspace, algorithm development, developing secure technologies, and social network analysis.

Fellowship Programs

Krell Institute

The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing a PhD in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing. Funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration, the DOE CSGF trains scientists to meet the nation's workforce needs and helps to create a nationwide interdisciplinary community. The fellowship provides support and guidance to some of the nation's best scientific graduate students, and these graduates now work in DOE laboratories, private industry and educational institutions. Over 250 students at more than 50 U.S. universities have trained as Fellows, and the demand is only growing.

Wigner Fellowship

The Eugene P. Wigner Fellowship Program was established in September 1975 to honor the Nobel Laureate (1963) and first Director of Research & Development at ORNL (1946-47). The program was formed to provide research opportunities for exceptional new scientists in honor of Professor Wigner (deceased). The appointment of Eugene P. Wigner Fellows to ORNL's staff provides an opportunity for outstanding life, physical, computer, and computational, and social scientists and engineers and applied scientists to select and pursue research in an area related to national energy problems and interests. Fellows must be exceedingly well qualified in their fields of expertise and should be no more than three years beyond the doctorate. Fully competitive salaries are offered for these prestigious two-year appointments. Benefits, travel, and relocation expenses will be borne by the Laboratory.

Householder Fellowship

The Alston S. Householder Fellowship honors Alston Householder, founding director fo the Mathematics Division (now the Computer Science and Mathematics Division) at ORNL, and recognizes his seminal research contributions to the fields of numerical analysis and scientific computing. The purpose of the fellowhip is to promote innovative research in scientific computing on advanced computer architectures and to facilitate technology transfer from the laboratory research environtment to industry and academia through advanced training of new computational scientists.

Internship Programs

Research Alliance in Math and Science

The Research Alliance in Math and Science program is designed to provide collaborative research experiences among faculty and students at colleges or universities and DOE national laboratory researchers. These experiences will improve the U.S. competitive research edge while encouraging and promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research throughout the academic year. Students majoring in computer science, the computational sciences (computational biology, computational chemistry, computational materials sciences, and so forth), engineering technologies, and mathematics are placed primarily in the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate during the internship period.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

This program places students in paid internships in Science and Engineering at any of several Department of Energy facilities. Many of the participants in the program have decided on a career in science and engineering because of the nature of the experience. Students work with scientists or engineers on projects related to the laboratories' research programs. The different laboratories each offer different research opportunities

Higher Education Research Experiences

Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (HERE at ORNL) provides research opportunities and associated activities for students at all levels, beginning the term before college entrance through thesis/dissertation research, and higher education faculty. The program is designed to complement academic programs by utilizing the unique resources of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to enhance science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education, encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy, while at the same time contributing to the Laboratory mission.

Postdoctoral Research Associates Program

The ORNL Postdoctoral Research Associates and Postmaster's Research Participation Program are highly selective programs and offer challenging opportunities to recent recipients of doctoral and master's degrees to conduct research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and environment. Appointments are available in all current research and development programs at the laboratory

Postmaster's Research Participation Program

The ORNL Postdoctoral Research Associates and Postmaster's Research Participation Program are highly selective programs and offer challenging opportunities to recent recipients of doctoral and master's degrees to conduct research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and environment. Appointments are available in all current research and development programs at the laboratory


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