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Graduate Student Research Program

By providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories, the DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program prepares graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers.

About the Program

The SCGSR program provides many key benefits.

  • The program provides supplemental funds for Ph.D. Candidates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to conduct part of their thesis work with an NREL lab scientist to help prepare the students for careers.
  • The goal is to prepare graduate students for careers in STEM critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.
  • The award period lasts between 3-12 consecutive months to collaborate with experienced scientists.


To apply, applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Be a Ph.D. candidate in physics, chemistry, materials science, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, computer or computational science with a thesis that aligns with the Office of Science Research areas:
    • Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
    • Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
    • Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR).
  • Must collaborate with an NREL scientist to design a joint research project that is mutually beneficial for the student and scientist.

Eligible graduate students must apply online.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science's Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories.