The Advanced Light Source (ALS), a division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is a national user facility that generates intense x-ray radiation for scientific and technological research. As the United States’ first third-generation synchrotron radiation source, the ALS offers outstanding performance in the vacuum ultraviolet to soft x-ray energy range and excellent performance in the infrared and hard x-ray regions. The facility welcomes researchers from universities, industry, and government laboratories around the world. The ALS is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences program.
Join Us to Shape the Future of Synchrotron Radiation Science
ALS Doctoral Fellowships allow student researchers to work at the frontier of synchrotron radiation research and to help advance state-of-the-art techniques and applications. Students who have passed their Ph.D. qualifying or comprehensive exams, and advanced to candidacy, can apply to spend a year in residence at LBNL working closely with an ALS staff member. Fellows acquire hands-on scientific training and develop professional maturity to complement their doctoral research. Applicants must be full-time students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the science or engineering disciplines, and pursuing research that will benefit from ALS capabilities.
The fellowships are offered as one-year appointments with the possibility of renewal. Both new and renewal appointments require submitting an application, as discussed below. Successful applicants will be compensated with a $20,000 annual stipend, which will generally be augmented by funding from their home institution or thesis advisor.
Fellows are expected to remain enrolled in the graduate program at their home institution, to live in or near Berkeley, and to work primarily at the ALS for the entire year. They will also benefit from a series of professional development activities, including an orientation program, seminars throughout the year, and an opportunity to present results at the end of the fellowship. In addition to acknowledging the ALS, Fellows are asked to acknowledge partial support from the ALS Doctoral Fellowship in Residence Program in any publications resulting from work done while stationed at Berkeley Lab.
Please contact ALS Science Council Chair Eli Rotenberg for more information.
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on June 30 each year, for an appointment to coincide with the following academic year.
Application Process Timeline for the 2019–20 Fellowship Cycle
|June 1, 2019||Applications open|
|June 30, 2019||Applications close|
|August 1, 2019||Notification of successful applicants|
|October 1, 2019||Fellowship start date|
|September 30, 2020||Fellowship end date|
The application period for the 2019-20 fellowship cycle has now closed.
2018–2019 Fellowship Recipients
The selection committee selected the following award recipients for the 2018–2019 academic year:
- Emma Anquillare, Boston University
- Brian Chase Chandler, UC Berkeley
- Ane Etxebarria, CIC Energigune
- Chenyi Gu, Nanjing University
- Brooke Kuei, Pennsylvania State University
- Asritha Nallapaneni, The University of Akron
- Jennifer Nill, UC Davis
- Shambhavi Pratap, Technische Universität München
Andrew Shum, Tufts University
- Zhuyun Maggie Xiao, UCLA
- Ziheng Yao, Stony Brook University
These exceptional Ph.D. students have been selected to perform a major part of their thesis work at the ALS during a one-year appointment covering the 2018–2019 academic year.