Applications for the annual bursary scheme are invited from:

  • UK academic institutions for PhD projects
  • sub-contractors Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) seeking ‘top-up’ funding for CASE (Council for Advancements and Support of Education) awards and EngDocs

The relevant themes are:

1. characterisation
2. waste packaging and storage
3. land quality
4. decommissioning
5. spent fuel and nuclear material
6. research not covered by other themes but aligned to the NDA’s mission

Eligibility will cover PhD projects involving universities or sub-contractors where the bursary is used as a grant top-up to access national facilities for research involving the handling of radioactive materials.

This year, for the first time, researchers will also have an opportunity to include an element of collaboration with US institutions, where an existing partnership is already established.

The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) administers the scheme on behalf of the NDA.

NNL will host webinar sessions to provide further background on the research themes.

For webinar dates and how to join please see NNL website

Webinars are taking place from Friday 18 September.

Proposals must be submitted using the application form on the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) website and need to be sent directly to by 15:00 on Tuesday 20 October 2015.

Further information on the scheme, the assessment criteria and selection process is also available by contacting the administrator: Dr Mark Bankhead: