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Recent Master’s and Ph.D. Graduate Opportunities at ORNL

These programs offer challenging research opportunities to recent recipients of Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Participants are matched with active research teams and conduct research in areas that support Oak Ridge National Laboratory missions.

All programs on this page are limited to recent Master’s or Ph.D. graduates. Recent is defined as having obtained the degree within five years of the application submission date. You must be at least 18 years old by the first day of your appointment. Application deadlines vary by program.

Program Eligibility Duration Commitment
Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity (ASTRO)
  • Recent Master’s or Ph.D. Graduate
  • No citizenship requirement
1-12 months
Add’l 12 months possible
Full-time or part-time
Computational Science and Technology Advanced Research Studies (C-STARS)
  • Current Graduate Student
  • No citizenship requirement
  • 3.5+ GPA
  • Prior computational experience
Year-round – 1 year minimum
Add’l 4 years possible 
Full-time or part-time
Post-Master’s Research Participation Program
  • Recent Master’s Graduate
  • No citizenship requirement
Year-round - 1 year
Add’l 3 years
Nomar González-Santini

Nomar González-Santini

Electrical Engineering, Ph.D. Student
Michigan State University

“I built a mathematical model of a specific wireless charger topology and validated the equation based on simulations. In general, my research will provide a more complete design guideline of a wireless power transfer system for electric vehicle battery charging. Improvements in the area of charger systems for electric vehicles provide an aid to their mass development and translate to a potential reduction in carbon emissions to the environment.”


“I had the chance to conduct the project myself from the very beginning. I was even able to write a digest paper for a conference in wireless power transfer after only eight weeks of the internship. After the program, I will continue to collaborate with Dr. Ozpineci.”


“In this program, you will be able to expand your professional network, gain real research experience, possibly define your thesis topic and connect with a future collaborator. Interning at ORNL has been the greatest thing I have been able to do this year.”

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