GRSP: How to Apply

Complete applications for the GRSP will include the following items:

  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Academic institutions: you will be asked to list all of your academic institutions, degrees awarded and anticipated, and GPA for each
  3. Transcripts: Official transcripts are not required. However, if you are 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.
  4. GRE scores: This is a self-reporting field within the application; official documents are not required.
  5. Project Relevance Statement: Using no more than three or four sentences, describe the scientific significance and potential impact of your proposed project. This section should clearly state why your work is important.
  6. Three references: names, affiliations, and email addresses of thesis advisor; LLNL technical supervisor; and one additional scientific reference. These references will be contacted directly by the GRSP office for letters of recommendation. Details of the requirements for these letters will be provided in the request.
  7. Interest Statement: this is your thesis research plan (prepared in coordination with thesis advisor and LLNL technical supervisor). This should include a justification of why LLNL? This plan should also include the percent of your time to be spent at LLNL. Please limit to three pages.

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 activities to LLNL programs
  3. Quality of the collaborative training and research proposal
  4. Undergraduate and graduate academic performance
  5. Recommendations
  6. Professional and personal goals of the applicant
  7. 7. Strength of collaboration between thesis advisor and LLNL technical supervisor, including the plan for the joint supervision of the research activities
  8. The thesis advisor and LLNL technical supervisor’s level of commitment to the GRSP
  9. University concurrence for student and faculty participation

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


GRSP 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 three years following commencement of thesis research. A 4th year may be approved on a case-by-case basis. 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. Appointment 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.

Students are also expected to follow all safety and security policies and procedures. Failure to do so could also result in termination of appointment.

Deadlines for Applying

We are in the process of revamping this program in order to comply with new regulations as well as funding requirements through our contract. As a result, we will not be accepting applications in FY21 as we work through the issues with our contract.



This RFP is divided into two parts:
Phase One: Student eligibility requirements, application instructions and selection criteria.
Phase Two: RFP provisions and contractual information specific to any resulting subcontract.

Multiple awards are anticipated. Students should pay particular attention to Phase One and provide a copy of this RFP to their Office of Sponsored Projects.

Points of Contact

Administrative and Application questions: Christine Zachow, (925) 423-0633
Programmatic questions: Annie Kersting (925) 423-3338
Contractual questions: DeeAnna Hill, (925) 422-0888