Have an interest in nuclear-related studies and research? The DOE wants you! The agency has just announced that it is seeking applicants for $5 million worth of scholarships and fellowships as part of its efforts to recruit and train the next generation of nuclear scientists and engineers.

This opportunity is open to any student enrolled in two-year, four-year and graduate engineering and science programs related to nuclear energy at accredited U.S. universities and colleges.

Besides some obvious studies categories such as nuclear physics, materials and engineering, DOE says it is also willing to consider applicants from mechanical and electrical engineering programs as well as chemistry, radiochemistry, health physics and even nuclear policy tracks. The door is also open to students in two-year programs certificate programs or minors in nuclear power, maintenance, radiation protection and engineering technologies.

DOE says the undergrad scholarships will average $5,000 per year, but it says that it also has budgeted for three $25,000 scholarships for distinguished undergraduate students. The maximum award for fellowships will be $50,000 per year over three years. Winners will be notified by June 2010; the actual awards will be distributed in July 2010.

The application deadline is April 26, 2010. There are links to the scholarship and fellowship applications through DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Program website.