Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must either be in the process of completing their Ph.D. (within one year and employment may not start until Ph.D. requirements have been verified), or have received their Ph.D. degree within five years of being hired as a Lawrence Fellow.

Although US citizenship is not required for application, candidates should be well versed on their current visa status (if any), and be prepared to provide this information should they be selected as a potential fellow.

How to Apply

(Please read through this section before continuing on to the application)

Between August 1 and October 1 a link will appear below that takes you to the job posting for the Lawrence Fellowship where you can officially apply for the position. Before you do this, please read through this section so that you are aware of the information you will be required to provide and the process by which it is collected.

We will begin accepting application August 1.

Initial submission of your application requires only personal information and should be completed at your earliest convenience. Within 24 hours of initiating the application, you will receive an acknowledgement via email. This email will provide instructions for accessing and updating your application file. This email will also request that these additional items be added to your application file:

  • Project Relevance Statement Using no more than three or four sentences, describe the scientific significance and potential impact of your proposed research. This section should clearly state why your work is important. In addition, you should state how your work is relevant for LLNL's missions. Be succinct and use plain language that can be understood by a general, lay audience.
  • Interest Statement (See Writing Your Interest Statement) This is your research proposal. Describe the background, the aims and/or goals of the proposed research, why it is important, and how you plan to do it at LLNL. Also specify the directorate(s) that you would be most interested in working in. Your proposal should be limited to no more than 6 pages. It is recommended that you prepare your Interest Statement in advance, using a word processor.
  • Names and email addresses for three references (one must be your thesis advisor and the other two should be scientists who can speak with authority on your research)
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts are not required and electronic copies are preferred. If you are unable to obtain an electronic copy of your transcripts, hard copies can be mailed to Christine Zachow at LLNL, P.O. Box 808, L-019, Livermore, CA 94551.

These updates must be completed by October 1st in order to receive full consideration.

Reference Letters

Upon submission of your referee names, a request for recommendation letters will be automatically generated and sent via email to the references with instructions for submitting their letters. These letters are a critical part of the committee's evaluation of applications.   We highly recommend that you contact these references prior to submitting your application to confirm their availability to provide us with a letter on your behalf.   Application packages that do not include all reference letters by the deadline will not receive full consideration.

Click here to view an example of an Interest Statement submitted by a previous applicant who was awarded the Lawrence Fellowship.

Selection Process Timeline

Application deadline
Reference letter deadline
Committee reviews candidates (Please note: the committee goes through several reviews during this time to identify a short list of finalists for interviews.)
Early February
Early February
Final committee deliberations and recommendation to Deputy Director for Science & Technology (DDST)
Selected candidates notified

If Selected as a Finalist

  • Selected finalists will be notified of their finalist status and invited to LLNL for two days of interviews and to give a seminar on their current research work.
  • A pre-employment security background check must be completed for finalists before an employment offer can be made.
  • Once the security background check is approved, the interviewed finalists selected by the Deputy Director for Science & Technology to receive an offer will be contacted by an LLNL HR/Recruiting and Employment representative. Only the HR rep is authorized to extend an official employment offer.
  • Hire decisions will be made in February.

Writing Your Interest Statement

When writing your Interest Statement, it is important to be succinct (no more than 6 pages) and to use good English. Remember to include a title. The committee that will be reviewing your statement is composed of scientists from many different disciplines. Your statement should have an introduction that would be understandable to a broad audience, but should also include enough details to satisfy the experts. Most essential is a description of why this research is important, what are the advantages of carrying out this research at LLNL, and a description of how this research will be carried out at LLNL. Explore the LLNL web sites provided on the Description page to help you with writing this part of your statement.