The DOE NNSA LRGF is open to U.S. citizens engaged in full-time, uninterrupted study toward a doctoral degree at an accredited U.S. university. Students must be in their second (or later) year of doctoral work in one of the supported fields of study at the time they apply.

The fellowship requires a university program of study (POS) that demonstrates both depth and breadth by including courses in the physical, engineering, mathematical and/or computer sciences. Fellows must also complete a minimum of two 12-week laboratory residencies at one of four approved NNSA facilities. Extended residences of more than six months are encouraged.

During the summer, fellows should conduct full-time research related to completing their degree, enroll in classes, or make progress toward fulfilling the laboratory residency requirement.

This equal opportunity program is open to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, religion, age, physical disability or national origin.

TA Policy: Freedom to Focus on Research

The DOE NNSA LRGF's support allows students to focus on their academics and research without excessive teaching or other departmental support activities. Each fellow's department must waive any teaching requirements beyond one term in order for the student to be accepted into the program. Please review our teaching assistant policy in full. [PDF - Updated 11/2017]

Annual Renewal and Availability of Funds

The fellowship must be renewed for each of up to four years. Online renewal applications must demonstrate acceptable academic performance, progress toward completing the approved program of study and laboratory residency experiences, and research consistent with program goals. Renewal is contingent on the availability of funds to meet the program's costs.

The DOE intends to provide adequate support to meet graduate school costs. Therefore, the Krell Institute must approve in advance any teaching or other academic department responsibilities. Fellows may accept scholarships, prizes and other payments (including veteran’s benefits) that do not require a service.