NDA PhD Bursary 2019-20

National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is pleased to announced the 2019-20 PhD bursary call for proposals.

Funding will be available to UK academic institutions for PhD projects and to SMEs seeking ‘top-up’ funding for CASE awards and EngDocs in relevant areas.


Only project proposals with a total cost to NDA of less than £120,000 will be considered. This excludes the cost of any collaboration with US research organisations. Eligible projects will include PhD projects involving universities or subcontractors where the bursary is used as a grant top-up in order to access national facilities for research involving the handling of radioactive materials.


To comply with the Government’s protective security procedures, all employees/contractors will be subject to an Industry Assurance check and a level of National Security vetting.

Proposals will be assessed by a group of nuclear industry specialists. Contractual arrangements will be administered by NNL on behalf of the NDA.

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals must be submitted using the application form via the link below. The deadline for submissions is 15:00 on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

For detailed information on the submission proposal click here.

Applications can be made here:

The full advert – including details of the key goals and objectives for NDA in funding this programme – can be found by clicking on this link.

Click on these links for additional information and contract terms and conditions – part 1 and part 2.

Further Information

NNL and the Nuclear Decommissioning Research Working Groups will be happy to answer any questions relating to the research themes that have been set out in this bursary call. If there is sufficient demand, this process will include a conference call with nominated experts.

In the first instance, any questions should be submitted in writing to the administrator, Dr Mark Bankhead via