Prospective Students

About DGRP

The WSU-PNNL Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP) is a collaborative program between the institutions. It provides an enhanced experience for the students through research in a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory.

DGRP students at the 2022 Cohort Announcement


While applying to a WSU graduate program, you must work with a WSU professor as your point of contact who will seek out a collaborating mentor at PNNL. The WSU and PNNL mentors will jointly submit a DGRP application. Prior to final appointment in the DGRP, the student must be accepted into a Ph.D. program at WSU through their department and WSU Graduate School.

The DGRP is particularly interested in helping to recruit outstanding students to WSU graduate programs representing the existing and emerging areas of collaboration within PNNL’s core capability areas.

Eligible WSU graduate programs have included but are not limited to the following:

Yes; work with your WSU advisor to submit a DGRP application.

DGRP students are funded by their WSU and PNNL advisors. Funding does not come directly from the DGRP. Upon passing prelims and achieving ABD status at WSU, students are eligible to begin the 24-months at PNNL (typically years 3 and 4 of a graduate program). During the period of PNNL funding, students receive an elevated stipend level (increase of at least 10%).

No, the DGRP is not an internship at PNNL. Although the DGRP is designed to give students hands-on experience working with scientists and lab equipment at PNNL, the DGRP is part of a student’s WSU graduate program. Additional information can be found under “Summer Funding” in the DGRP Guidelines.

Students are eligible to transition to PNNL once all but dissertation (ABD) status is achieved. Typically this is sometime during year 3 (or later) in their graduate program.


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