Graduate Student Funding Opportunity Announcement

Published: 28 February 2017

DOE_SC HorizontalThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program is accepting new applicants for supplemental funds to conduct part of their thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. These research opportunities are expected to advance graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.
The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period. The award period for these research projects range from 3 to 12 consecutive months. DOE SCGSR research areas include:

  • Atmospheric System Research – new expertise in coupling observational data from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility with high resolution numerical models to advance predictive understanding of aerosol and cloud processes. Of particular interest are applications for this topic that enable observationally focused graduate students to develop skills in numerical modeling or modeling-focused graduate students to develop skills in working with advanced observational data.
  • Earth System Modeling developing new algorithms or computational methods for earth system model codes that will both advance earth system science and be designed to effectively and efficiently utilize emerging generations of leadership class computers
  • Regional and Global Climate Modeling – analyze or use models to isolate, identify, and quantify high-latitude climate variences and feedbacks
  • Environmental System Science – delineate an integrative, hypothesis-driven approach and clearly describe the existing needs in state-of-the-art models through terrestrial ecosystem and subsurface biogeochemical process research projects that will inform land process, watershed, and ecosystem models, and aligns with the scope and focus of the DOE Terrestrial Ecosystem Science and/or Subsurface Biogeochemical Research programs.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2017 Solicitation 1, for project periods beginning anytime between October 30, 2017 and February 28, 2018. Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 200 graduate awardees from about 90 different universities to conduct thesis research at DOE national laboratories across the nation. The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education.
Applications are due May 16, 2017, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, visit the Office of Science Priority Research Areas for SCGSR Program or see SCGSR How to Apply page.

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.