Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program
The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students (US citizens or lawful permanent residents) to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities.
The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the 6 Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories/facilities. Online application and awards administration support is provided by Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) under Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. Collaborating DOE Laboratory Scientists may be from any of the participating DOE national laboratories/facilities. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories/facilities may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.
Graduate students currently pursuing Ph.D. degrees in areas of physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, computer or computational sciences, or specific areas of environmental sciences that are aligned with the mission of the Office of Science are eligible to apply for the supplemental research awards provided by the SCGSR program. Eligible graduate students must apply online.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Minimum Age and U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency
- Academic Status
- Enrollment in a Qualified Graduate Program
- Graduate Research aligned with DOE Office of Science Research Programs
- Establishment of a Collaborating DOE Laboratory Scientist
- Applicants are eligible to submit only one application per award cycle.
- An application whose SCGSR research proposal has the same scope as that of a previously awarded SCGSR application will not be considered.
- Individuals who meet all other eligibility requirements are eligible to receive more than one SCGSR award during the graduate education provided that the cumulative total of the award periods for all SCGSR awards do not exceed 12 months. If a current SCGSR Awardee is successful in competing for a new SCGSR award, the Awardee must successfully complete the current award and fulfill all their obligations and award terms and conditions associated with that award before the award start date of the new award to be eligible to receive that award.
- For applicants who have participated in WDTS’ laboratory based undergraduate programs, the applicants must have successfully completed their participation in those programs by fulfilling all the programs’ requirements before they could be considered for a SCGSR award.
- US Citizen
- Permanent Resident
The SCGSR Program Application Requirements Include:
- Required Fields of the Online Application System
- SCGSR Research Proposal
- Official Graduate Transcripts and Proof of Ph.D. Candidacy
- Two Letters of Support
Applicants should create an account on the SCGSR online application system well before the application deadline and become familiar with the application information requested.
- The online application system will guide applicants through the application requirements.
- Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be considered for evaluation and placement.
- Materials uploaded into the online application system will provide the sole basis for evaluation. It is recommended that the applicant review the Application Evaluation and Selection prior to completing the application.
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