The DOE NNSA SSGF is open to U.S. citizens planning full-time, uninterrupted study toward a doctoral degree at an accredited U.S. university. Those eligible to apply include senior undergraduate students and first- and second-year doctoral students focusing their studies on high energy density physics, nuclear science, or materials under extreme conditions.

DOE NNSA SSGF recipients must be enrolled as full-time graduate students at an accredited U.S. college or university and must study and research within the fellowship's goals. During the summer, fellows should conduct full-time research related to completing their degree, enroll in classes or take a practicum assignment at one of the DOE NNSA laboratories.

This equal opportunity program is open to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Freedom to Focus on Research

The DOE NNSA SSGF program'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.

Read more about this policy. [PDF - updated 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 department-approved program of study, completion of a practicum and research consistent with national goals in stewardship science. 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.