Since its founding in 1952, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has evolved into one of the world’s leading applied science laboratories. To maintain the Lab’s reputation for science and engineering excellence, it is essential that LLNL aggressively recruit and retain the best students and postdocs from the world’s leading universities. For more than 20 years, the Graduate Research Scholar Program (GRSP) and its predecessors has played an important role in attracting young scientific and engineering talent to the Laboratory. Under the GRSP, PhD candidate students from eligible campuses are granted appointments for up to three years to engage in research activities at the Laboratory while completing their thesis. These appointments are implemented through a close working partnership involving the student, the student’s academic thesis advisor and the Laboratory technical mentor. Following successful completion of their PhD program, GRSP students are often encouraged to consider a career at the Laboratory.