JSA Accepting Applications for Academic Year 2021-2022 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 $11,000 stipend. The awardee's home institution must agree to provide the remaining research assistant stipend from institutional or research funds. Conference travel support is also available for use during the fellowship period. Initiative funds for the 2021-2022 Graduate Fellowship Program are limited.

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 230 fellowships have been awarded to graduate students from 22 different SURA member institutions for research at Jefferson Lab.

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 23, 2021. 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 electronically via email to jlab_committee@sura.org, with the subject line "2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Overall completeness of application package

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

SURA is the Administrative Member for JSA and manages and supports the activities and programs of the Jefferson Lab Committee. Send questions to jlab_committee@sura.org.

JSA manages and operates the Jefferson Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Last updated February 9, 2021.