Graduate Research Scholars (GRS) are compensated through an annual subcontract between LLNL and their faculty advisor. The subcontract is renewable up to three years. GRS receive a salary of $3,500 per month or $42,000 per year. Tuition and fees are covered up to $20,000 per year. Additionally, travel expenses incurred for relocation, conferences, or meetings within the US will be covered up to $5,000 annually for the student and up to $2,000 per year for the faculty advisor to visit LLNL.
Students are expected to spend their full energies on the thesis research supported under the appointment, and therefore may not accept additional fellowships or outside work without prior approval from LLNL. Such requests are normally approved only for financial hardship or extenuating circumstances.