Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program

Website: DOE Office of Science Graduate 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 to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory 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.

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. 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 in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories 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.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • At least 18 and U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residence
  • Must be full time enrolled in a Qualified Graduate Program with the Ph.D. as their degree objective. Those who already obtain a Ph.D. aren't qualified.  
  • Applicants must be pursuing a Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology (non-medical)1, mathematics, engineering, computer or computational sciences, or select areas of environmental sciences at an accredited college or university in the United States or its territories
  • Graduate Research aligned with DOE Office of Science Research Programs.
  • Establishment of a Collaborating DOE Laboratory Scientist
Student Type
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • Us Citizen

The SCGSR Program Application Requirements Include:

  1. Required Fields of the Online Application System
  2. A SCGSR Research Proposal
  3. Official Graduate Transcripts and Proof of Ph.D. Candidacy
  4. 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.
Contact Information

Office of Science
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585