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JSA Accepting Applications for Academic Year 2017-2018 Graduate Fellowships at the Jefferson Lab

About the JSA/Jefferson Lab Graduate Fellowship Program
The JSA/JLab Graduate Fellowship Program is funded by the JSA Initiatives Fund. JSA will award fellowships to qualified doctoral students at SURA member universities for research related to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia. Each fellowship will provide the awardee's home institution with a $10,000 stipend. The awardee's home institution must agree to provide the remaining research assistant stipend from institutional or research funds. An additional $2,000 supplemental stipend is provided to the awardee's home institution for the graduate student. Conference travel support is also available for use during the fellowship period. Funds for the 2017-2018 Graduate Fellowship Program are limited.

Within ninety days after completing a fellowship, awardees are required to provide a written report to JSA on accomplishments during the period of the fellowship, including:

  • Results of experimental or theoretical research undertaken at Jefferson Lab
  • Summaries of talks or lectures based on such research
  • Copies of preprints/publications based on such research

Purpose
The JSA/JLab Graduate Fellowship Program contributes to addressing the nation's commitment to grow our future science leaders and researchers by providing the environment and financial resources for graduate students to work alongside Jefferson Lab researchers as they continue their academic studies and pursue research opportunities in this specialized field of science. Since the Fellowship Program was first established in 1989, over 190 fellowships have been awarded to graduate students from 21 different SURA member institutions for research at the Jefferson Lab.

Eligibility
Eligible students must be enrolled full-time in a relevant doctoral program at a SURA member university. Awardees may not concurrently hold another major full-time fellowship or internship. Students may apply at any stage of their graduate careers or while undergraduate seniors. Awards are limited to two years. Students seeking second-year support must resubmit an application.

Application Due Date
Application materials are due by March 10, 2017. Incomplete applications and applications received after the announced deadline will not be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the required form and accompanying materials are received in a timely manner.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should download and complete the application form for submittal of proposals. Applicants should provide the reference form to three individuals for letters of recommendation. See the application form for instructions regarding supporting materials. Application packages should be submitted via email to jsaprograms@sura.org, with the subject line "JSA Graduate Fellowships" by the closing date.

Evaluation Criteria and Process
JSA will appoint a Selection Committee that will read and evaluate eligible applications and make its recommendations for award of 2017-2018 fellowships to qualified students who meet the criteria. The Committee will consider the following criteria:

  • Merit and quality of proposed research based on applicant's research plan
  • Utility and relevance of proposed research to the Jefferson Lab, including proposed utilization of Lab resources
  • Likelihood that proposed research objectives can be accomplished by graduation
  • Academic qualifications from official transcripts and GRE scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Overall completeness of application package

The Committee may consider other information if necessary to ensure a fair and objective evaluation process.

Questions
Contact the SURA Chief Governance Officer Elizabeth L. Lawson. SURA is the Administrative Member for JSA. The SURA Chief Governance Office manages and supports the activities and programs of the JSA Programs Committee.

JSA manages and operates the Jefferson Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Last updated January 25, 2017.