URA-Sandia Graduate Student Summer Fellowship

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Summer 2024 Application Deadline has been extended to Friday December 8, 2024


Paid Graduate Student Fellowship

Opportunity at Sandia National Laboratories for paid graduate student fellowship involving unclassified work in a variety of research and development fields. The fellowships are sponsored by Universities Research Association (URA) and administered through Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

Complete information regarding the summer 2024 Graduate Student Fellowship is available (here and below).


This program provides science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research experiences that support Sandia National Laboratories’ (SNL) Research Foundations (for information about the Research Foundations, please visit https://www.sandia.gov/research/research-foundations/; not all Research Foundations may be participating in 2024.) Sandia’s mission is “To render exceptional service in the national interest” as one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Laboratories. As a DOE National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory, Sandia has a core mission in national security that is synergistically served by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across a broad range of disciplines in these Research Foundations.

Program Description

Summer Fellows will work in close collaboration with Sandia’s technical staff members to engage in challenging research and development projects. They will also be included in meetings, events, and tours sponsored by the SNL Student Intern Program, SNL Academic Programs, and URA to support professional development and social engagement among the Fellows.


Applicants must be full-time masters or doctoral graduate students and US citizens.


Summer Fellows will be selected from applications received by midnight US ET November 24, 2023. Selected applicants will receive a stipend and participate in the defined research of a hosting SNL Research Foundation. Diverse students and those from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed by URA and the hosting Research Foundations, with anticipated notification of the students selected by December 15, 2023.

Stipend and Inbound/Outbound Travel

Depending on the work location of the Sandian mentor paired with each student selected, the fellowship will be served either at SNL’s Albuquerque, NM or Livermore, CA site. The stipend will be based on participation for 3 months (12 weeks, 40 hours/week) and the Fellow’s stage of progress towards terminal degree as of May 2024: Master’s or PhD student with earned Bachelor’s degree, $35.36/hour (NM), $40.71/hour (CA); PhD student with earned Master’s degree, $38.60/hour (NM), $44.07/hour (CA); PhD student beyond qualifying exams, $42.65/hour (NM), $47.54/hour (CA). Medical or other employment benefits are not provided. Up to a total of $2,000 will be provided in reimbursement for allowable inbound/outbound travel expenses. Information regarding housing, on-boarding, and other logistics will be provided to the applicants selected.

How to Apply

Students may complete a separate application for each participating Research Foundation for which their graduate program and interests are a good match. All applications must be made through the ORISE Zintellect – go to the Opportunities Catalog tab, search for Sandia in the Keyword box and submit applications no later than midnight US ET November 24, 2023.

Appointment Dates

The selected Summer Fellows should start work on dates negotiated with the SNL sponsor organization beginning in May 2024 and ending in August 2024 to encompass 12 working weeks.

Inquiries may be sent to ura@sandia.gov with subject line “Inquiry: URA-SNL Summer Fellowship”.