The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

2019 National School on Neutron & X-ray Scattering

The 21st NX School will be June 16 - June 29, 2019

*** Successful applicants will be notified by mid-April ***

Argonne National Lab Oakridge
Attendees from the 20th NX School (2018)
Attendees from the 20th NX School (2018)


About the School

The main purpose of the National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering is to educate graduate students in the use of major neutron and X-ray facilities. Lectures, presented by researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories, will include basic tutorials on the principles of scattering theory and the characteristics of the sources, as well as seminars on the application of scattering methods to a variety of scientific subjects. Students will conduct short experiments at Argonne's Advanced Photon Source and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor, which provides hands-on experience using neutron and synchrotron sources.

The School is jointly conducted by Argonne National Laboratory's Communications, Education, and Public Affairs Division; Advanced Photon Source and Materials Science Division; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Neutron Scattering and Materials Science and Technology Divisions.

The School is supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.

Target Audience

The school accepts 60 applicants each year targeting:

  • Graduate students attending North American (includes Canadian and Mexican) universities.
  • Those using experimental physical analysis techniques in their research (typically getting a degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, geosciences, engineering, or related fields.)

Most commonly, priority is given to students who:

  • Are expected to use multiple neutron or x-ray experimental techniques in their graduate research (ideally both x-rays and neutrons)
  • Already started their graduate research and will utilize neutron and x-ray techniques to complete it, typically students in their 2nd or 3rd year of graduate work
  • Typically only one student per department is accepted. Almost never more than one student from a single research group.
  • Students from universities in states that are underrepresented in federal research funding are encouraged to apply.
Applications (2019 deadline has passed, look here in January 2020 to apply)

To apply to the school each student should:

  1. Read the application instructions here
  2. Students should register here (closed!)
  3. Make sure to contact three references, who will complete the Evaluation Form (here) and e-mail it to (preferred) or mail/FAX as listed below. It is the student's responsibility to follow up with their references to make sure they are submitted prior to the deadline.


National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering
Communications, Education, and Public Affairs       Division
Bldg. 360
Argonne National Laboratory
Lemont, Illinois 60439-4845


FAX: (630) 252-3193

Questions concerning application or other aspects of the School should be directed to or call (630) 252-4114.

Additional Resources

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Please download and post the School flyer (here) note this has wrong deadline!.  NX Flyer thumbnail illustration