Application and supporting material must be submitted on Zintellect, an online application system. All application components must be received in the system in order to be considered. Completed applications must be submitted by January 31, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Letters of recommendation must be received by February 13, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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Application Requirements


You must complete a profile in Zintellect. The profile consists of questions that are common across all opportunities.

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The application includes questions specific to the program, proposed hosting facility, and proposed research plan. You must identify a hosting facility and potential mentor currently conducting or directing research in an area related to FES. See the list of facilities that have hosted FES Fellows in the past and may consider hosting additional Fellows. You may propose a hosting facility not included in this list.

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Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

The résumé or CV should include academic history, employment history, relevant experiences and publications list.

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Transcripts may be unofficial transcripts issued to the students. Documents must have any Social Security number (partial or complete), dates of birth (partial or complete), and student identification numbers redacted from all pages. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that documents do not contain any of the above mentioned or other personally identifiable information (PII) that, if lost or compromised, could cause serious harm (including identity theft) to the applicant.

Selected candidate must provide proof of completion of the degree before the appointment can start. 

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References and Letters of Recommendation

Every applicant should submit at least four letters with the application. It is important that these letters be submitted by four different people. Two letters should be provided from people who can speak to the applicant’s past work experiences and two people who will be involved in some way with the proposed research. For applicants applying for the International Travel Supplement, a fifth letter is required from the second project mentor located outside the United States.

Provide letter(s) of support from your proposed Fusion Energy Science Program mentor(s). Provide a letter of support from a proposed mentor with whom you have had contact concerning the research plan to be performed. The proposed mentor should provide a letter since they are agreeing to a significant amount of work. The mentor letter should provide information illustrating that s/he is familiar with the details of the applicant’s proposed project, and concurs with the proposed scope of the research. For applicants applying for the International Travel Supplement, a similar letter is required from the second project mentor located outside the United States.

Provide a second letter of support from a member of the Hosting Facility. Provide a letter of support from a faculty member or research scientist from the domestic hosting facility. This person should be in a position to support the research in some aspect, (e.g. is an experimental science director or senior scientist at the hosting facility, the original developer of a simulation code to be used in the research, or the chair of the department). This person should be someone other than the proposed mentor, and should be located at the domestic facility where the project will be completed. This individual should be familiar with the technical details of the proposal.  

The final two references will each need to provide a completed reference form (requested within the application) and provide a letter of support. As an applicant, you are required to contact the two references provided and ask each of them to complete the reference form they received AND provide a letter of support.

These letters should provide information about the applicant themselves and the applicant’s past work experiences.

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