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Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Deadline: Program-Dependent (Links at bottom of page)

  • NOTE: Opportunities are available for high school students (those who will be entering college Fall 2014), undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty

About the Program

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is a multi-program science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation’s leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.

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.


Participants in HERE at ORNL will be funded by programmatic funds of the ORNL host research divisions or through funding provided by institutions of higher education. Currently, there are no DOE funds earmarked for education that are available in this program.


General Benefits for Research Participation appointments include:

  • Stipend (determined by category of participant)
  • One round trip between home or school and ORNL
  • Housing allowance (for students whose permanent address is more than 60 miles from Oak Ridge)

Application Information and Deadlines

For information on program deadlines and how to apply, click on the button below that best describes the level for which you are applying: