Last updated: January 12, 2021.
Due to health and safety concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is restricting visitor access to campus and has temporarily suspended new internship appointments. You may continue to apply to this opportunity, but appointment offers will vary by program and will only be issued once it is deemed safe to do so.
For the latest information and guidance, please visit these COVID-19 resources:
If you have any questions, please contact us at ORNLedu@orau.org.
To submit your application, you will need to answer the following four short-answer questions:
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Once your application is submitted and complete (including all attachments and recommendations), your application will be available to ORNL researchers to view for consideration. Your application will remain active for 12 months after submission. When the twelve month mark is approaching, you will receive a notification that your application is expiring should you wish to resubmit it. This opportunity does not close to applications at any point in the year, so you will not receive a notice that your application was rejected. You may view your application status (including status of recommendations) at any time by logging in to Zintellect.com.
The ORNL Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity Program is a highly selective and offers challenging short-term (3 to 12 months) research opportunities to students enrolled in a graduate program (for a MS or PhD degree). ASTRO participants conduct research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and environment.
The program’s goals are to:
The emphasis on a research mentoring approach allows ASTRO appointees to become integral members of ORNL research and development teams. The appointees gain exposure to current national issues in science and technology, have opportunities to share and exchange innovative ideas and techniques, and make significant contributions to ORNL programs. Depending on the nature of the research and availability of funding, participants are encouraged to publish and present research findings and write funding proposals as part of a research team to enhance their own professional development. The interaction of ideas, skills, approaches, and technologies will be of mutual benefit to the fellow and ORNL.
The ASTRO program is administered by the STEM Workforce Development Unit of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), which is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Researchers from any of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's mission areas may review ASTRO applications and issue an appointment offer. Information on ORNL's ongoing research topics may be found by browsing https://www.ornl.gov/. Many research groups are cross-disciplinary and are supported by multiple Divisions and Directorates. Current research topics include (but are not limited to):
For more information, visit Science Education Programs at ORNL or contact ASTRO@orau.org.
Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited institution. Applicants also must be at least 18 years old before starting the program.
The ASTRO program does not have citizenship requirements, although specific research projects may have additional restrictions. If a selected applicant is not a U.S. citizen, they must obtain and show proof of a valid visa status allowing us to pay them a stipend. Once an offer has been made, the ORISE Immigration Office may guide the process of obtaining appropriate immigration documents. Participants who are foreign nationals must also receive approval and clearance from the U.S. Department of Energy; this process is initiated by ORNL and could take more than ten weeks.
Appointments involve a full-time commitment to the research program at ORNL, and the ASTRO participant must be in residence at ORNL during the entire period of the appointment. The participant's research must be conducted in a manner and according to a time schedule that meets the overall research needs of ORNL. The program accepts applications at any time, with flexible appointment start and end dates. Appointments are for a minimum of three months up to twelve months. Renewals may be possible, depending on continued eligibility of the student, availability of funding, and other considerations.
To document the effectiveness of the program, participants are required to submit to ORISE a report when they renew or end their program tenure. These reports should summarize their research and include a copy of any publications resulting from their appointment. If future papers are published as a result of research they performed at ORNL, copies should be sent to ORISE.
ASTRO participants are required to have coverage under a health insurance plan and must provide proof of such coverage. It is your responsibility to secure insurance coverage before arriving at the appointment site.
All other contingencies of an appointment offer must be met before the applicant can begin an appointment.
Participants receive a competitive monthly stipend based on their educational level, research area, and experience. The stipend is taxable.
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