The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that up to $12.5 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be awarded in early 2010 to support at least 80 graduate fellowships. The funding will be available to U.S. students pursuing advanced degrees in science, mathematics and engineering through the newly created DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship program.Â
The goal of the fellowship program is to encourage students to pursue graduate degrees in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering, and environmental and computer sciences – fields that will prepare students for careers that can make significant contributions for energy and the environment.
‘Training the next generation of U.S. scientists and engineers is critical to our future energy security and economic competitiveness,’ says DOR Secretary Steven Chu. ‘This fellowship is part of the administration's effort to encourage students to direct their talents towards careers in science and our nation's next technology revolution.’
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and currently a first- or second-year graduate student enrolled at a U.S. academic institution, or an undergraduate senior who will be enrolled as a first-year graduate student by fall 2010. Applicants must be pursuing graduate study and research in the physical, biological, engineering and computational sciences. Interested students can apply online at the Office of Science Graduate Fellowship program.
Each fellowship award will be $50,500 per year for three years to provide support for tuition, living expenses, research materials and travel to research conferences. Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of peer review. Completed applications are due Nov. 30.
SOURCE: Department of Energy