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In-Residence UC-NL Graduate Fellowship

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, Jun 1st 2017

Fellowship Overview and Priorities The University of California, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have a close, long-standing and strategically important collaborative relationship that offers graduate students unique research, training, and career development opportunities. The UC Laboratory Fees Research Program is leveraging that relationship by offering a competitive fellowship award that provides up to three years of support for Ph.D. candidates who wish to conduct thesis research on-site at LANL or LLNL. UC graduate students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible for the two-year in-residence fellowship; successful applicants who wish to extend their fellowship for a third year may request an extension based on progress and merit review. The proposal must include a research plan approved by the UC faculty advisor, and identify a research supervisor at one of the two eligible UC-affiliated national laboratories who will provide mentorship, guidance and oversight during the fellowship period in collaboration with the student’s UC academic advisor. Fellows must be advanced to candidacy at the beginning of the award, must devote at least 80% time to the proposed research, and must be in-residence at least 6 months at the national lab during each year the fellowship term. The award will be administered by the student’s home UC campus and the student will be the grantee of record.

The UC-National Lab Graduate Fellowship provides the following support:

 An annual award of $60,000 for two years, with the possibility of an extension for a third year
 An additional $5,200 (total for the fellowship period) to support project-related travel
 An indirect cost reimbursement of up to 8% (total direct cost basis) to the student’s home UC campus

Fellowship funds may be used for stipends, UC tuition and fees, and other dissertation-related expenses consistent with the proposed research. See the FAQs for general guidance on UC tuition and fees for students advanced to candidacy.

The national laboratory (LANL or LLNL) must provide:
 Laboratory scientist who will serve as mentor and research supervisor
 Office space, a computer, access to appropriate research facilities, data sets, or other resources required to complete the proposed research
 A structured mentoring and research oversight plan
 Structured opportunities to learn about the laboratory’s research mission and facilities, participate in seminars, lectures, and other laboratory research training activities



How to Apply: 

Key Dates Final RFP release: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Applicant teleconference: Friday, April 28 at noon Pacific Time (register here)

Letters of intent due: Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 12:00 noon Pacific Time

Notification of LOI outcome decision: Friday, June 16, 2017

Full proposals due: Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 12:00 noon Pacific Time

Notification of review outcome: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (expected)

Graduate Fellowship start date: April 1, 2018