Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Strategic Partnerships

Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the core partner universities associated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

This relationship allows Georgia Tech faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students the opportunity to take advantage of the ORNL facilities, and collaborate with researchers at Oak Ridge.

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Student Opportunities


  • ORAU- Science Education Programs at ORNL 
    Students currently pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics discipline are eligible for research internships at ORNL. More information can be found at http://www.orau.org/ornl/undergraduates/default.htm
  • Students who have recently completed an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree and are looking for an opportunity to gain practical experience to complement their degree. Depending on the opportunity, recent graduate is defined as within one semester to within three years of graduation. More information about ORAU.
  • Applications are now being accepted for the Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) for the 2020 spring term. Application are due October 7, 2019. The program encourages undergraduates and recent associate and bachelor’s graduates to pursue STEM careers by providing research experiences at a DOE laboratory. Fall/spring terms are 16 weeks in duration, while the summer term is 10 weeks in duration.


  • $500/week stipend
  • $175/week housing allowance (paid with stipend) and limited travel reimbursement, if permanent address is at least 50 miles from host laboratory. Learn more about Housing for ORNL Research Participants.
  • Eligibility

  • Be an undergraduate student or recent associate or bachelor’s graduate from an accredited institution
  • Have completed at least one year of college at the time of application
  • Have an undergraduate cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be 18 years or older prior to the start of the internship
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident at the time of application
  • Limited to no more than two internships
  • Have medical insurance during their time at the laboratory
  • Learn more here: https://orise.orau.gov/ornl/undergraduates/suli/default.html


  • GO! @ ORNL- Graduate Opportunities at ORNL
    ORNL’s mission to deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs in clean energy and global security and to create economic opportunities, requires fresh minds and new ideas. To achieve this, we have implemented a world-class postdoctoral program and are now partnering with top universities to develop an innovative graduate program that integrates PhD students into the ORNL research environment. More information on the GO! Program.​
  • GO! ORNL includes:
    • Cutting edge research
    • Mentoring
    • Funding
    • Agreement
  • DOE Office of Science Graduate Research (SCGSR) Program
    The SCGSR program aims to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. More information on the SCGSR program.
  • ORAU- Science Education Programs at ORNL
    Students who have recently completed a master’s degree or PhD and are looking to advance their career with practical laboratory experience. More information on ORAU’s Science Education Programs at ORNL.
  • Computational Science & Technology Advanced Research Studies (C-STARS)

    (C-STARS) is a highly selective program that offers challenging graduate research opportunities in the computational sciences to all students (no U.S. citizenship requirement). Participants conduct research on nationally visible advanced computing projects in the areas of national security, climate science, urban dynamics, health data analytics, astrophysics, energy, chemistry or biology. Benefits include a monthly stipend, dislocation allowance, and possible funding for educational expenses, health insurance supplement, and conference travel

    Enrichment activities including professional development workshops, Laboratory tours, lectures, seminars and poster presentations

    Learn more here: https://orise.orau.gov/ornl/c-stars/default.html


ORAU Faculty and Student Programs

Relevant, hands-on research opportunities connect classroom instruction to real world applications. ORAU maximizes the potential of the talented faculty and students in our university consortium by investing in programs that inspire and support academic excellence, technological innovation, and creative problem solving.

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Faculty Opportunities

Get Acquainted With Oak Ridge National Lab

The purpose of these funds is to facilitate new collaborations and introductions of Georgia Tech faculty, students, and staff to Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). Funds are available for travel by individuals or small groups of Georgia Tech personnel.

The most common form of transportation used is personal vehicle with mileage reimbursement at the current federal rate. One night of hotel stay at federal government rate in Oak Ridge and per diem food costs are allowed for each participant. Generally, up to $350 is available per driver participant (and up to $200 per passenger participant) making the trip from Georgia Tech to ORNL.

As an alternate form of transportation, a couple of buses travel from Atlanta to Knoxville, TN. After arriving in Knoxville, transportation to Oak Ridge will need to be arranged. Uber will be the cheapest option but the price will vary based on the time of day ($20 – 35). A taxi will cost approximately $50.


Funding Request Form: Get Acquainted With Oak Ridge National Lab


Faculty Joint Appointments

The purpose of the Georgia Tech/ORNL Joint Faculty Program is to attract and recognize scientists and engineers with rising national or international stature and reputation at all academic levels, and to enhance the quality of science, technology, education and industrial development. Faculty with expertise in the sciences, engineering or related fields of research conducted by ORNL and who would benefit from an immersive experience at ORNL should consider this opportunity.

Georgia Tech and ORNL works together to identify candidates with research areas of joint interest to both institutions. Georgia Tech faculty interested in being considered for a joint appointment at ORNL should contact Dr. Julia Kubanek, Georgia Tech’s representative on the Core Partner University Liaison Committee

Georgia Tech Faculty Currently Jointly Appointed to ORNL:

  • Marilyn Brown, Public Policy holds a joint appointment with ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Sciences Division
  • Samuel Graham, Mechanical Engineering holds a joint appoint with ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division.
  • Nolan Hertel, Nuclear Engineering holds a joint appointment with ORNL’s Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Division and was acting director of the Center for Radiation Protection Knowledge
  • Comas Haynes, Fuel Cells & Battery Technologies holds a joint appointment with ORNL’s Material Science and Technology Division
  • Vivek Sarkar, Computer Science holds a joint appointment with ORNL's Computer Science and Mathematics Division


ORNL Researchers Currently Jointly Appointed to Georgia Tech:


ORNL Researchers with Adjunct Faculty Appointments:

  • Moe Khaleel, adjunct faculty in Materials Science and Engineering is Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Sciences at ORNL


ORAU Faculty and Student Programs

Relevant, hands-on research opportunities connect classroom instruction to real world applications. ORAU maximizes the potential of the talented faculty and students in our university consortium by investing in programs that inspire and support academic excellence, technological innovation, and creative problem solving.

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Funding Opportunities

Innovation Crossroads

Oak Ridge National Lab is seeking new entrepreneurs with great clean energy ideas to join the program next spring. Selected participants will receive:

  • A generous stipend for two years, including health and travel benefits; and
  • Entrepreneurial training, access to mentors, and introductions to investors and potential customers.


Cohort 4 applications open on September 17, 2019!



Current, full-time teaching faculty at Georgia Tech who want to strengthen their scientific and technical expertise in the field while collaborating with world-renowned researchers are encourage to apply to the DOE Visiting Faculty Programs and the Higher Education Research Experience program.


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