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National Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUF)

The National Undergraduate Fellowship Program in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Sciences provides outstanding undergraduates with an opportunity to conduct research in the disciplines that comprise the plasma sciences in general and fusion research in particular. 

Only students who are matriculated at a U.S. college or university AND are a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident Alien are eligible for a Fellowship. As a research experience for undergraduates (REU), it is intended primarily for students completing their junior year majoring in physics or engineering, but highly motivated students completing their sophomore year are eligible. 

Students in engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, or other related fields are invited to apply. Students should have taken at least one course in electricity and magnetism beyond introductory physics.

The nine-week long research projects are performed at one of the many participating universities and national laboratories throughout the country. In order for students obtain a sufficient background to begin their research projects, the research is preceded by a one week introductory course in plasma physics at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

We're a nationwide program! Some of our research sites include, but are not limited to:

  • Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Princeton, NJ

  • General Atomics, San Diego, CA

  • Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

  • Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM

  • Sandia National Lab, Albuquerque, NM

  • University of Wisconsin- Madison, WI 

Link to Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for previous NUF student presentations

The 2014 program will run from June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014.

The deadline for all application material is February 14, 2014 and the application must be completed online.

Link to onine NUF application

Mentor Project Proposal Form (The deadline for mentor project proposals is 5:00 PM (ET) Friday, February 21, 2014)

**Official transcripts may NOT be faxed to us. You may upload official or unofficial transcripts with your application.**

For additional information, please email Deedee Ortiz at dortiz@pppl.gov.

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