Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

We will be accepting applications until May 8.

Please read all instructions prior to applying.


Applicants for the LGSP will be required to submit the following items as part of their application.

  1. Curriculum Vitae (see template: DOC, TXT, RTF)
  2. Statement of personal and professional goals (~ one page)
  3. Four references: names, affiliations and email addresses of thesis advisor. LLNL technical supervisor and two additional scientific references. These references will be contacted directly by the Livermore Graduate Scholar Program office for letters of recommendation.  Details of the requirements for these letters will be provided in the request

Reference letters are due by May 22.

Within a few days of submission of an application to the Livermore Graduate Scholar Program, candidates will receive an acknowledgement via email. This email will provide instructions to the candidates for accessing and updating their applicant record. It will also request the following additional items be added to the student application record:

  1. Thesis research plan (prepared in coordination with thesis advisor and LLNL technical supervisor). This plan should include administrative details such as percent of the student's time to be spent at LLNL. It should be stressed that LLNL is the LGSP student's home institution for employment and travel purposes and the majority of the student's time should be spent at LLNL. Please limit to three (3) pages
  2. Transcripts-If unable to obtain an electronic copy of transcripts, hard copies can be mailed to Christine Zachow, P.O. Box 808, L-019, Livermore, CA 94551
  3. GRE scores

Criteria for Selection

A committee of representatives from disciplines across the Laboratory will evaluate all applications. Criteria for selection include the following:

  1. Student must have completed preliminary exams
  2. Relevance of the proposed research to the LLNL programs
  3. Quality of the collaborative research proposal
  4. Undergraduate and graduate academic performance
  5. Recommendations
  6. Professional and personal goals of the applicant
  7. Strength of collaboration between thesis advisor and LLNL technical supervisor, including the plan for the joint supervision of the research

Note:  Application packages without reference letters from the thesis advisor or LLNL technical supervisor will not be considered.

Finally, applicants who meet all selection criteria will be required to complete an official LLNL employment application as well as background investigation documents.


LGSP appointments have traditionally been made to students of physics, astrophysics, laser science, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, computer science, biology, genetics and biotechnology, materials science, and related disciplines. Non-technical or non-traditional proposals may be considered if a suitable LLNL mentor/supervisor can be identified.

For information on LLNL’s S&T road map to the future, see

Duration and Requirements for Continuation

Appointments will be for a maximum of 4 years following commencement of thesis research. The appointment will end upon the student’s submittal of their thesis.  Progress will be reviewed annually to ensure students are making reasonable progress toward completion of requirements for a degree. The student must maintain good academic standing as defined by their campus. Employment may be terminated if the thesis advisor and the LLNL technical supervisor agree reasonable progress is not being made, with the concurrence of the relevant LLNL supervisory committee.

As employees of LLNL, students are also expected to follow all safety and security policies and procedures.  Failure to do so could also result in termination.