No. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.

Per our teaching assistant policy, your department must certify that no more than one term of teaching, grading or other departmental support activity is required of you or that any requirements beyond one term will be waived. You must present your department chairperson’s waiver when you are offered a DOE CSGF award.

No. You must be a full-time student working toward your Ph.D. at a U.S. university (by fall 2016).

No, as a second-year graduate student you are not eligible for the DOE CSGF. First-year doctoral students and undergraduate seniors are eligible. If you aren’t sure whether this applies to you, review additional FAQs on this subject or contact us.

At the time you apply, you cannot have completed more than a year of full-time graduate work toward your Ph.D. Review other FAQs on this subject or contact the program coordinator with specific questions.

You can apply to the DOE CSGF, but if you get an award you may have to give up your current fellowship. The DOE CSGF cannot be accepted concurrently with another federal fellowship.

A previous master's degree in another field doesn’t affect your application. As long as you are no further than the first year of doctoral work in your current field of study, you are eligible.

As long as you’ll start a doctoral program by the time the fellowship would begin (fall 2017), you’re eligible.


Students in the physical, engineering, computer, mathematical or life sciences are eligible. If you feel your area of study doesn’t fit these categories but does emphasize high-performance computing, we encourage you to apply and convince reviewers that your work can be properly represented as computational science. Read more about fields of study supported by the DOE CSGF.


We need an official transcript from all universities listed on your application, including the current fall term (if you are enrolled). If the fall transcript isn’t available until after the deadline, we will still accept your application and consider it complete.

Program of Study (POS)

You can attend any accredited U.S. university offering a Ph.D. during the fellowship period. Read about the program of study requirement.

Application Status & Submission

Yes, you can save your application and work on it any time. Your application is considered final — and no further changes can be made — once you click “Final Submission" within the "Review for Final Submission" section of the system. You can, however, continue using the online system to prompt listed references to submit their letters and/or to check your application’s status..

The 2017-18 application deadline is Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Please keep in mind that all application materials — including references, transcripts and the completed application — will be due at that time.

For studies beginning in fall 2017, we will notify you by late April 2017.

For those considering whether to apply for this next class of awards, the fellowship start date will be September 1, 2017. Remember, funding is renewable for up to four total years.