ASNT Fellowship Award

The ASNT Fellowship Award provides financial support in the form of a $20,000 cash award, for high-quality research activities in science and technology at the graduate level (M.S. or Ph.D. candidates).

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Fellowship Information


Academic institutions in the United States with graduate educational research programs are eligible for the Fellowship Award. ASNT membership is not required for eligibility.


The application should be in the form of a proposal for a graduate level research project from the university outlining what the program or graduate study activity will consist of and how long they will manage the Fellowship. All Fellowship proposals should be formatted as follows:

  • Length: The proposal, with all supporting materials, should not exceed twenty (20) one-sided pages.
  • Title Page: Should list the title, school name, the faculty member submitting the proposal, the name of the potential student recipient, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. It shall also specify the anticipated start date, estimated date of completion, and to who the funds are to be disbursed.
  • Abstract: A brief executive summary of the nature and scope of the research to be performed.
  • Research Proposal: This should contain a detailed description of the graduate research project, indicating the objectives, planned approach, and expected results.
  • Program of Study: This should provide a brief description of the actual or typical program of study of the potential student recipient. A brief catalog description of the indicated courses would be helpful.
  • Research Facilities: This should include a description of the research facilities, equipment, and other appropriate resources available for use on this project.
  • Budget: This should indicate the resources dedicated to the project. The proposed use of ASNT Fellowship funds should be indicated explicitly. None of the ASNT Fellowship funds can be used for overhead or indirect institution expenses.
  • Background Information: This should include a resume or background information for both the faculty advisor(s) and the potential student recipient.
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Up to five (5) recipients are selected. Submissions will be critically reviewed using the following guidelines and the contents and quality of the submitted proposals:

  • How novel is the research
  • Value of potential contribution
  • Soundness of technical approach
  • Scope of the proposed research effort
  • Potential for successful completion
  • Adequacy of the proposal team
  • Adequacy of the facilities

Award Timeline

  • Applications are due 29 February.
  • Recipients and non-recipients will be notified after Council's evaluation of all proposal submissions.
  • Funding will begin in July. The funds shall be directed to the contracting office of the university or college department of the recipient for disbursal as described in the proposal.
  • Recognition of selected awardees will be presented at the ASNT Annual Conference. 
  • The Fellowship student recipient has the option to present their findings at an ASNT symposium, either virtually or in-person, following the completion of the research. ASNT's Program Specialist will provide deadlines for presentation submission.
  • A paper on the completed research must be submitted to ASNT no later than twenty-four (24) months after the start date indicated on the proposal. You will have the option to submit your paper to Materials Evaluation (ME) or Research in Nondestructive Evaluation (RNDE).

For any questions regarding the award process or timeline, please contact ASNT’s Program Specialist at

Form of Award

$20,000 in funding.