Student Research Funding

The GENTLE project offers grants for Student Research Experience (SRE) or self-defined projects in General Research Areas of Nuclear Fission Technology

The last call for GENTLE Student Research Experiences (SRE) applications closed on August 31st, 2016. SREs will have to be completed by December 31st, 2016, with no exceptions.

The continued interest in nuclear power creates a growing demand for nuclear engineers and scientists in industry, research, technical safety and governmental organisations. A highly skilled and well informed workforce is essential to maintain the current civil nuclear reactor fleet safely, decommission obsolete plants, be involved in new build where policy dictates, and deal with the legacy and future radioactive wastes. The GENTLE project, a joint effort by leading academic and nuclear research institutions in Europe, is aiming to create a sustainable lifelong E&T programme in the field of Nuclear Fission Technology that meets the needs of the European stakeholders.

The GENTLE project has planned a substantial activity for mobility of students from the participating academic institutions in the form of Student Research Experiences (SREs) through grants that cover travel and subsistence costs. SREs address common research between an applicant (student, supervisor) and a host at a nuclear research laboratory from the GENTLE project. The goal is to provide the applicant the possibility to perform experimental research on (real) nuclear materials, focussing on the understanding of basic phenomena related to material behaviour or process technology, the development of analytical methods, or measurement of fundamental physical, chemical or material properties. The duration of the SREs can be up to 24 months.

The selection criteria for SREs are scientific quality of the proposed work, availability of equipment, staff and materials at the hosting laboratory, training benefit to the applicant, and impact on the field.

Interested students can either apply for pre-defined SRE or create themselves SRE proposals within the general research areas of the GENTLE partners. In the latter case a contact between the applicant and a potential supervisor in the host institution will be created (if not yet existing) by the Selection Committee.

In both cases, interested students will apply by using the standard application form.

Direct, self-conceived proposals of SRE contents and objectives by the applicants are strongly encouraged and preferred as one important selection criterion.

It should be mentioned that the granting of the SRE project is of course subjected to the outcome of security and medical evaluation at the hosting organisation.

General Research Areas

SRE Openings

Application Form (to be sent to

Proposals can be submitted by students from the participating organisations. They should be sent to Mrs. Petra Strube at the JRC Directorate for Nuclear Safety and Security (, using the submission template and should be accompanied by a short CV of the applicant and a letter of motivation.


The following rules for the SRE’s apply:

  • The minimum of stay of students within GENTLE SREs should be 1 month, the maximum is 24 Months.
  • Candidates belonging to partner as well as non-partner European academic or research institutions can apply.
  • Students must be enrolled in an EU academic or research institution but must not necessarily have a European citizenship.
  • Agreement on local grant rules (€/month) of the hosting institution will be applied. The recommended grant is in the order of 1000 €/month.
  • The grant cannot be used to extend PhD studies at the institution where the PhD is executed. Only one application plus one extension are allowed (with a maximum total duration of 24 months).
  • During the complete SRE, the students must be enrolled at the university.
  • SRE’s within the same town/region are allowed, but will not be supported financially.



GENTLE is a Coordination and Support Action in the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (Grant Agreement Number 323304) with a duration from January 2013 to December 2016.

GENTLE consortium members are Delft University of Technology, Budapest University of Technology, Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Ricerca Tecnologica Nucleare, l’Institut international de l’énergie nucléaire , the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, SCK•CEN, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, University of Manchester, University of Tartu, Paul Scherrer Institute, and Lappeenranta University of Technology

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