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Graduate Opportunities

ORNL offers graduate students and recent graduates several distinct opportunities to stay engaged with research. Students at ORNL are able to participate in short-term research appointments, internships, and get involved with the ORNL-UTK graduate program. Whether you are seeking a short break after a master's degree or looking for a cutting-edge graduate program to solve energy problems, ORNL has something for you.


The Bredesen Center For Interdisciplinary Research in Graduate Education

In 2010 the Tennessee General Assembly granted ORNL and the University of Tennessee approval to initiate an interdisciplinary doctoral program focused on Energy Sciences. The Bredesen Center honors Governor Phil Bredesen, who served Tennessee from 2003 to 2011, in recognition of his leadership in education and economic development for the state.  Since it's inception numerous students from across the nation have joined the program to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research related to energy. The Bredesen Center is a special program that leverages the capabilities of the Department of Energy's largest lab for open science  Both undergraduate and master's students are encouraged to apply. For more information please visit or contact The Bredesen Center Assistant Director, Mike Simpson, at

"GO" ORNL Program

ORNL is extending its energy-campus to many top research universities across the southeast united states. Doctoral programs have been established at Duke University, Florida State University, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt University, Virginia Tech, and University of Virginia. For more information please contact Ian Anderson at

Post-Master's Program

This program allows recent master’s graduates the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research with ORNL principal investigators. Generally there is no citizenship requirement; however, each position has specific qualifications. Position-specific applications are accepted year-round. Positions are primarily for one-year appointments and may be renewed. A  master’s degree is required, and these positions are primarily for those within five years from their degree award. Apply Now!

GEM Fellowship

ORNL is a proud employee partner of the National GEM Consortium, a non-profit group established to help underrepresented minorities in STEM attend graduate programs. ORNL GEM Fellows spend at least one summer conducting research at our Lab as a part of the fellowship program. To learn more information about GEM or to apply please visit or contact Channa Palmer at


In 2012, more than 400 graduate and recent graduates at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level were engaged in research at ORNL.  These students participated in a wide range of research activities including summer, fall, and spring internships. Graduate internships are open to both international and U.S. citizens although some programs may have specific citizenship requirements. For more information or to apply to internships at ORNL please visit


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