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Apply for GATE

The Science Alliance has a long history of supporting graduate students via assistantships and fellowships awarded by individual departments, now known as the Graduate Advancement, Training and Education (GATE) program, to support meritorious, collaborative research between the university and ORNL. This program will continue to provide opportunities to students currently studying at our university and will also help recruit the next generation of scientists moving forward. We are now beginning the next phase of this program by offering full graduate research assistantships to students based on the merit of their research. (Note: These new awards are in addition to the support that Science Alliance currently provides to departments through the GATE program.)

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, November 14, 2022. Fellowships will begin August 1, 2023. Applications are now open at InfoReady.


Each applicant will need to complete an online application via InfoReady and provide Science Alliance with the following:

  1. A one-page personal statement
  2. A three-page research proposal
  3. A one-page CV
  4. Current academic transcripts
  5. Three letters of recommendation including one from the ORNL-affiliated collaborator

Successful GATE awardees will receive a twelve-month appointment, including a stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance. Applicants should have a record of ORNL affiliated research and be in good standing with both the relevant academic department and the Graduate School. The review committee will give preference to students that have successfully completed PhD candidacy requirements in their program of study, although early career and MS students are also eligible to apply.

General Duties:

  • Perform ORNL affiliated research


  • $2500.00 per month for 12 months
  • Tuition waiver
  • Free Health insurance while enrolled in classes

Candidate Must have:

  • ORNL related research
  • Good standing within the Department & Graduate School

And some of the following:

The ideal candidate must possess good communication and organizational skills, be involved in meritorious research, and maintain good academic standing.


Apply for Graduate Advancement, Training and Education.