Eligibility & Program Requirements

The DOE NNSA SSGF is open to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien planning full-time, uninterrupted study toward a doctoral degree at an accredited U.S. university.  Those eligible to apply for the program include senior undergraduate students and first and second year graduate students focusing their studies on high energy density physics, nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics.

Fellows in the DOE NNSA SSGF program are required to be enrolled as full-time graduate students at an accredited U.S. college or university and to conduct study and research within the goals of the fellowship program.  The summer should be spent conducting full-time research related to the completion of one's degree, enrolled in classes or on a practicum assignment at one of the DOE NNSA laboratories. Fellowship support is limited to four years and must be renewed each year.

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 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 October 2011].

Annual Renewal and Availability of Funds

The fellowship must be renewed each year. This requires the submission of an online renewal application that demonstrates 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 of the award is contingent on the availability of funds to meet the costs of the DOE NNSA SSGF program.

It is the intention of the DOE to provide adequate funding to meet graduate school costs.  Therefore, teaching or any other academic department responsibilities must be approved in advance by the Krell Institute.  Scholarship awards, prizes and other payments (including veteran’s benefits) that do not require a service may be accepted.