Accelerator Engineering Fellowships for Underrepresented Minorities (ASPIRE)




Accelerator Science Program to Increase Representation in Engineering, or ASPIRE, is a Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory fellowship providing immersive learning experiences, at Fermilab, to undergraduate and graduate (masters) engineering students, who are historically and contemporarily underrepresented in accelerator engineering fields, including Black, LatinX, and Indigenous identities, and women.

The ASPIRE Fellows participate in the design, development and construction of world-leading particle accelerators, initially the PIP-II project, presently under construction at Fermilab.


Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows will have acquired accelerator engineering skills that will provide a platform for their future careers and/or post-graduate work in the case of undergraduate participants.

A primary goal of the ASPIRE program is to develop participants into competitive candidates for full-time employment in particle accelerator and related fields, including at Fermilab, upon Fellowship completion.

  • Salary:
    • Junior Undergraduate: $23.00 per hour
    • Senior Undergraduate: $25.00 per hour
    • Master (year 1): $1000 per week
    • Master (year 2): $1050 per week
  • Housing: Arranged housing partially subsidized by fellowship.
  • Transportation: Paid round-trip airfare or mileage reimbursement if permanent address is more than 50 miles from Fermilab.

Eligibility criteria

  • Undergraduate junior and senior or post-graduate (masters) engineering students who are historically and contemporarily under-represented in accelerator engineering fields, including Black, LatinX, Indigenous identities, and women
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident at time of application
  • Full-time enrollment in a 4-year program of study (for undergraduates) at all US colleges or universities for the duration of appointment
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Application Process


  • Professional Development
  • Summer Opportunities


  • STEM

Eligible applicants

  • Third-year Undergrads
  • Fourth-year+ Undergrads
  • Graduate Students


  • Historically Excluded/Underrepresented
  • Women

Citizenship status

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident

ASU Nomination required

  • No

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