How to Apply

The annual DOE NNSA SSGF application process begins in October with the opening of the online application. It concludes the following April when formal acceptance is required of those selected to comprise the newest class of program fellows. 


The application is comprised of 16 individual sections which can be completed in any order and over multiple visits to the secure site.  A check list has been incorporated for easy tracking of progress toward completion as well as a mechanism to track the status of the applicant’s reference letter submission, GRE scores, transcripts, etc.

Required Supporting Materials

  • Transcripts: Request an official transcript from each university or college you have attended, including your current fall transcript.  Have transcripts mailed directly to the Krell Institute.
  • GRE: Request that your GRE scores be sent to the Krell Institute, code 6343, and department code 5199.
  • PRA: If you are a Permanent Resident Alien (PRA), you must send a copy of the front and back of your PRA card to Krell Institute as a requirement of the application.
  • References: We recommend that you use the link within our online system to notify references of your request for letters.  The system will send your references an email with a link to our online system where they can submit a letter.  Alternatively, you can download either a PDF or MSWord version of the reference form for their use.
  • Program of Study: Generate your Program of Study (POS) with your graduate advisor's assistance.  If you are an undergraduate senior and you cannot get a graduate advisor at your preferred institution to review your POS, ask your current undergraduate advisor to help you generate and approve your proposed POS.  You will be required to check a box on the final submission page that confirms that both you and your advisor approve of your POS before you are able to press the "Final Submission" button.  An email will be sent to your advisor, once you submit your application, with the list of coursework you submitted.  If you are chosen for a fellowship, you and your advisor will be asked to sign the POS and return it to the Krell Institute.

After Submission

  • Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted.  If you do not receive an email within 24 hours please contact us.  Print the completed application and keep a copy of it for your files.
  • Application Status: You can check the status of your application via the online system at any time, even after final submission.
  • Application Deadline: Online applications are due in January of each year.  It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm that all application and supporting materials are received by the stated deadline.

Application information will be used solely for the purpose of selecting fellows and administering the program.  Please note that materials submitted in support of this application will be considered confidential as described in the Krell Institute Fellowship Privacy Statement. It is the applicant's responsibility to read and understand this policy.  All applications from candidates who do not receive funding are destroyed after the selection and awarding process.