The National Ignition Facility's Final Optics Assemblies, shown here mounted on the lower hemisphere of the target chamber, contain special optics for beam conditioning, color conversion, and color separation. Courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Benefits and opportunities available to DOE NNSA LRGF recipients include:

  • A $45,000 yearly stipend (effective 9/1/2024).
  • Payment of full tuition and required fees during the appointment period at any accredited U.S. university.
  • An annual $2,000 academic allowance for research or professional development expenses.
  • A term of up to four years, subject to annual renewal.
  • Participation in an annual program review, with related travel expenses reimbursed.
  • Two 12-week residencies at one or more of the following sites: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory or Sandia National Laboratories (New Mexico), or at the Nevada National Security Site.
  • The opportunity for additional or extended residencies not to exceed a combined total of 24 months.
  • An augmented stipend during residency periods.
  • The opportunity to join a larger scientific community that understands and appreciates the role stewardship science plays across a variety of science and engineering disciplines.
  • Opportunities to attend and publish research results at conferences.