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)

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.

Freedom to Focus on Research

The DOE CSGF program's support allows students to focus on academics and research without excessive teaching or other departmental support activities. The fellow’s department must waive any teaching requirements beyond one term.

Read more about this policy. [PDF - updated October 2010]

Annual Renewal and Availability of Funds

Fellows must renew their appointment each year by submitting an online application that demonstrates:

The fellow's status and how much funds are expected to be available can affect the award's length.

The DOE attempts to provide adequate funding to meet the costs of graduate school. Therefore the Krell Institute must approve in advance additional graduate responsibilities, such as a teaching assistantship. Fellows may accept scholarships, prizes and other payments (including veteran’s benefits) that do not require a service.