DOE NNSA Stewardship Graduate Fellowship Program

Application deadline:   January 13, 2016

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) provides excellent financial benefits and professional development opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in fields of study that solve complex science and engineering problems critical to stewardship science.


The DOE NNSA SSGF program provides fellows with many unique benefits:

  • A $36,000 yearly stipend.
  • Payment of full tuition and required fees during the appointment period at any accredited U.S. university.
  • An annual $1,000 academic allowance for research or professional development expenses
  • A term of up to four years, subject to annual renewal.
  • Participation in an annual DOE NNSA SSGF program review, with related travel expenses reimbursed.
  • A 12-week research practicum at one of DOE’s national defense laboratories: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory or Sandia National Laboratories (California or New Mexico).
  • Augmented stipend during the practicum.
  • The option to participate in a second practicum at a different DOE laboratory.
  • 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 other conferences.


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 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.

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, gender, religion, age, physical disability or national origin.

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