DOE Office of Science Announces Graduate Student Funding Opportunity

Published: 19 September 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 research areas that are central to the Office of Science mission. These research opportunities are expected to advance graduate students’ doctoral theses while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.
The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs of living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period. Award periods for these research projects range from three to 12 consecutive months.
The Atmospheric System Research topic is Coupling Atmospheric Observational Data with Numerical Models. Applications should target one or more of these processes:

  • aerosol particle formation, growth, absorption, and aging
  • cloud microphysical processes such as ice nucleation, drizzle and precipitation formation, and phase partitioning
  • land-atmosphere interactions that influence aerosol and cloud formation
  • interactions between clouds and the environ­ment, such as entrainment, convective initiation, cold pools, and organization on a range of scales.

Within DOE’s Climate and Environmental Sciences Division, high-priority atmospheric science research requires new expertise in coupling observational data from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user 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.
The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2017 Solicitation 2 for project periods beginning between June 4, 2018, and October 1, 2018. Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 250 graduate awardees from more than 100 universities to conduct thesis research at 17 DOE national laboratories. The DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists sponsors and manages the SCGSR program, in collaboration with the six Office of Science research program offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education.
Applications are due Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5 p.m. Eastern time. For more information, please visit the list of SCGSR priority research areas or the SCGSR program page.
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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research as part of the Atmospheric System Research Program.