Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

Program Overview

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a world-renowned laboratory with research opportunities in physics, chemistry, materials and environmental sciences, scientific computing, and many engineering fields. The goals of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at SLAC. The SCGSR Program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at SLAC in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students' overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at SLAC.

The SCGSR Program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at SLAC in collaboration with a Laboratory scientist within a defined award period. The award period for the proposed research project may range from 3 months to 1 year.

Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period. Awardees are eligible to receive a monthly stipend in the amount of up to $3,000 for general living expenses. The actual monthly stipend amount will be based on an assessment of the individual's situation, with factors under consideration including, but not limited to: duration of proposed research, location of home residence, and concurrent federal funding (under normal circumstances, awardees will receive the maximum monthly stipend). Stipends are provided directly to the awardees through direct-deposit to the awardee's designated bank account.

Awardees are eligible to be reimbursed for their in-bound and out-bound travel expenses only if SLAC is greater than 50 miles from their university/resident location. The reimbursement applies to transportation costs only (i.e. not other relocation costs).

Application Information

Graduate students currently pursuing PhD degrees in areas of physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology (non-medical), mathematics, computer or computational sciences, or specific areas of environmental sciences that are aligned with the mission of the Office of Science are eligible to apply for the supplemental research awards provided by the SCGSR Program. Click here to learn if you meet the eligibility requirements. Eligible graduate students must apply online. Specify SLAC as your first choice laboratory assignment.

Important Dates:

  • July 2014: online application opens
  • September 24, 2014: applications are due
  • December 2014: offer notification begins
  • January 20, 2015: earliest start date for proposed project periods
  • September 30, 2015: latest start date for proposed project periods

Please visit the SCGSR website to learn more about the program.

Research Opportunities

To learn more about the research conducted at SLAC, view our:

Information on SLAC's scientific computing can be found here.


If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:

Enrique Cuellar