Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

We will be accepting applications beginning May 1st.

Please read all instructions prior to applying.


If you intend to apply for the Livermore Graduate Scholar Program (LGSP) please note that the submission process occurs in multiple steps and you will want to meet the deadlines (below). Initial submission of your application requires only personal information and should be completed at your earliest convenience. Do not attach a cover letter or any other application materials in the first stage as attachments do not transfer into the Livermore Graduate Scholar application system. Within 24 hours of initiating the application, you will receive an acknowledgement via email. This email will provide instructions for accessing and updating your application file.

Complete applications for the LGSP will include the following items:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (see template: DOC, TXT, RTF)
  2. 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 LGSP office for letters of recommendation. Details of the requirements for these letters will be provided in the request.
  3. Statement of personal and professional goals (~ one page)
  4. Thesis research plan (prepared in coordination with thesis advisor and LLNL technical supervisor). This plan should include administrative details such as percent of your time to be spent at LLNL. Please limit to three pages.
  5. Transcripts: Official transcripts are not required. However, 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.
  6. GRE scores: This is a self-reporting field within the application; official documents are not required.

Above items are due in the application system by May 28. In order to meet this deadline please submit your initial application earlier.

Reference letters are due by June 11.

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 proposed research to 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.

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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.