U.S. Particle Accelerator School
U.S. Particle Accelerator School
Education in Beam Physics and Accelerator Technology

Educational Opportunities

Department of Energy-Funded Traineeships

The U.S. Department of Energy is funding several traineeships designed to fund graduate-level education in critical need areas. The traineeships are open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

Illinois Institute of Technology and Northern Illinois University:
Chicagoland Accelerator Science Traineeship (CAST) supports Master's-level programs at IIT and NIU in the greater Chicago area.  Students awarded a fellowship will receive funds to cover a stipend for living expenses and tuition needed for a Master's degree (this takes 2-2.5 years). Students accepted into this program will perform research at Fermilab, Argonne National Lab, or a participating local industrial partner to produce a Master's-level thesis. Students successfully completing the program may have opportunities to continue toward their PhD at the same institution (IIT or NIU).  Fellowship recipients will attend the USPAS for part of their educational training. NIU and IIT have a strong tradition of training students in accelerator science and technology, together having graduated over 50 MS and PhD degrees in the past 20 years.

To apply at IIT contact Yagmur Torun torun@iit.edu to express interest and/or ask questions. Submit an application at

To apply at NIU contact Mike Syphers msyphers@niu.edu to express interest and/or ask questions. Submit an application at https://www.niu.edu/grad/admissions/apply-now.shtml

Michigan State University:
The Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship (ASET) at MSU supports PhD or MS students in the Physics and Astronomy or Engineering Departments with research traineeships linked to U.S. national laboratories. Students study at MSU to prepare including USPAS classes, and then carry out traineeship linked to their research choice at a national laboratory.  The national laboratory partner is selected to fit the student’s interests. Topics under ASET include: superconducting RF technology and RF engineering, ion source development, beam dynamics and optics, computer modeling and advanced computations, cryogenic systems, beam diagnostics and instrumentation, and accelerator controls and optimization. More information on MSU can be found under University Graduate Programs below. Information on ASET including contacts to ask questions and application procedures can be found on the web page Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship (ASET).

Stony Brook University:
In collaboration with Cornell University and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, CASE established the Ernest Courant Traineeship in Accelerator Science & Engineering which is funded by the Department of Energy's Office of High Energy Physics. This MS and PhD program will provide for in-depth studies of the following topics: (a) Physics of large accelerators and systems engineering; (b) Superconducting radiofrequency accelerator physics and engineering; (c) Radiofrequency power system engineering, and (d) Cryogenic systems engineering (especially liquid helium systems). Students in the traineeship program who complete the necessary courses will be issued a certificate in Accelerator Science and Engineering with specialization in one of the four areas listed above.

More information can be found on the web page CASE.