NDA PhD Bursary Call

Developing and Maintaining Skills and Innovation
Relevant to Nuclear Decommissioning and Clean-up
Submission deadline: Friday 13th September 2024, 3pm

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is requesting applications to its bursary scheme to support the NDA mission to deliver safe, sustainable and publicly acceptable solutions to the challenge of decommissioning and clean-up of the UK’s civil nuclear legacy. The NDA’s goals for the scheme are as follows:


Maintain and develop the key skills that will be required to help us carry out the mission over the coming decades


Provide fundamental understanding of technologies and processes across the NDA estate


Develop early stage technologies and techniques 
(TRL 1 – 3)


Encourage two-way knowledge transfer between the academic and industrial communities working on nuclear decommissioning

The call is open to UK academic institutions for projects that will lead to the award of a PhD.

This year, up to £750,000 is available to support projects that will lead to the award of a PhD. Universities and Research Institutes are invited to submit proposals up to a value of £150,000 per project under the thematic topics outlined on the Themes and Topics page.

For general enquiries relating to the NDA PhD bursary call, please contact nda_phd@uknnl.com.

What is not covered under the scheme is R&D focused on site-specific challenges, such as improving the efficiency of an existing plant or process or on training resource in a specific capability. Those research areas are the responsibility of the individual subsidiaries and site license companies (SLCs).