Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowships

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The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.

The program fosters a community of bright, energetic and committed Ph.D. students, alumni, DOE laboratory staff and other scientists who share a common desire to impact the nation while advancing their science.  Fellowship students represent diverse scientific and engineering disciplines but the common thread is their use of mathematical and computing techniques for their research.

DOE CSGF recipients use math and computers to conduct doctoral research in many fields, including:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Astrophysics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics

For a more comprehensive look at the fields of study the DOE CSGF supports, check the work our fellows and alumni are doing.


Computational science is interdisciplinary by nature, using algorithms, mathematics and computers to analyze and solve scientific and engineering problems. The DOE CSGF’s unusual program of study helps nurture this crosscutting foundation.

The result: scientists who may reside in science, mathematics, engineering or computer science departments but share an interest in research using computing and mathematical methods. Although their pursuits vary widely, the DOE CSGF helps these computational scientists develop a sense of community that’s often difficult to find in a single academic department.  It starts with practicum assignments at DOE laboratories, where interdisciplinary teams conduct research in ways far different than in academic departments.

At the annual program review, fellows find additional benefits of the program’s boundary-crossing nature. Often, one fellow’s research will inspire new ideas or approaches in another student working in a seemingly unrelated area.



The DOE CSGF is open to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who plan full-time, uninterrupted study toward a Ph.D. at an accredited U.S. university. We encourage applications from students in engineering and the physical, computer, mathematical or life sciences who meet the following eligibility requirements. The fellowship provides four years of support, but must be renewed each summer.

The following criteria will be used to determine the eligibility of those applying for DOE CSGF. At the time of application, eligibility will apply to:

  1. Undergraduate seniors
  2. Applicants with no more than B.S. or B.A. degrees who are not enrolled in graduate school
  3. First-year graduate students (M.S. degree or Ph.D. students without an M.S. degree)
  4. Enrolled M.S. degree students beyond their first year provided that they plan full-time, uninterrupted study toward a Ph.D. at: 1) a different academic institution, OR 2) in a different academic department
  5. Applicants with no more than M.S. degrees who are not currently enrolled AND who will not have been enrolled in graduate school for two years prior to resuming graduate studies
  6. First-year Ph.D. students with an M.S. degree provided that they 1) completed the M.S. degree within two years at a different academic institution, 2) completed the M.S. degree within two years in a different academic department, OR 3) prior to current enrollment, they had not been enrolled in graduate school for at least two years

During the fellowship period, fellows are required to be enrolled as full-time graduate students at an accredited U.S. college or university and conduct research in areas of interest to the DOE. The summer should be spent conducting full-time research related to the completion of one's degree program, enrolled in classes or on a practicum assignment.

This equal opportunity program is open to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, religion, age, physical disability or national origin.

Student Type
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident

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Benefits & Opportunities

The DOE CSGF has defining benefits that set it apart from other science- and engineering-focused graduate fellowships:

  • A yearly stipend of $38,000
  • Payment of full tuition and required fees during the appointment period (at any accredited U.S. university)
  • An annual $1,000 travel allowance
  • Up to four years of total support, depending on renewal
  • A twelve-week practicum experience at one of 21 DOE national laboratories or sites, including access to DOE supercomputers
  • A rigorous program of study that ensures fellows have solid backgrounds in a scientific or engineering discipline plus computer science and applied mathematics
  • An annual program review for fellows, alumni, university and DOE laboratory staff, held each summer in the Washington, D.C. area

Funded by the Department of Energys Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration, the DOE CSGF trains scientists to meet the nation?s workforce needs and helps to create a nationwide interdisciplinary community.  The fellowship provides support and guidance to some of the nation?s best scientific graduate students, and these graduates now work in DOE laboratories, private industry and educational institutions. 

Service Agreement

The program of study (POS) provides the academic breadth necessary for future success in the computational sciences. Many alumni have acknowledged the importance of the broad foundation provided through the POS. 

The fellowship program requires a POS that will provide a solid background in a scientific or engineering discipline, computer science and applied mathematics. The major field must fall in one of these categories, and the program of study needs to demonstrate breadth through substantial academic achievement in the other two.

Timely completion of the POS is an explicit commitment accepted by students and their advisors. The POS must be completed prior to the start of the third year of the fellowship. An exception is made for fellows who begin their doctoral studies coincident with this fellowship award. Such students will have three years to complete their POS; at least one course in each disciplinary area must be completed within the first two years of the fellowship.

The practicum (research experience) is a unique opportunity for DOE CSGF fellows to work in a DOE laboratory with some of the most respected scientists in the world. This experience offers the fellows insight into how their scientific interests can translate to research areas important to the nation.

Working outside of their thesis studies, the fellows use the practicum as a time to learn new skills and expand their research capabilities.

The practicum takes place at a participating DOE research laboratory for at least one twelve-week period. The practicum is typically undertaken during the summer months, but may be completed at any time within the first two years of the fellowship. An additional financial allowance is provided to cover extra expenses during this time.

Contact Information

Please email with any questions about the DOE CSGF application.

Krell Institute
DOE CSGF Program
1609 Golden Aspen Drive
Suite 101
Ames, Iowa 50010
Phone: 515.956.3696?
Fax: 515.956.3699