PNNL-WSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program

World class opportunity

Tackle scientific challenges alongside some of the nation’s leading energy, environment, and national security researchers

Announcement of the 2022 Distinguished Graduate Research Program 

Apply to the Distinguished Graduate Research Program

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Program overview

Washington state is home to several research institutions, and Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are paving the way in clean energy, smart manufacturing, sustainability, and national security innovation. And they’re seeking fresh minds. Through the PNNL-WSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP), Ph.D. students will earn a stipend along with benefits, funded by their WSU and PNNL advisors, while working under a prestigious graduate committee on nationally relevant research. It is a unique opportunity to tap into the knowledge and world-class research infrastructure available at both institutions.

DGRP Students
DGRP students at the 2019 Cohort Announcement

DGRP students will work with faculty at WSU and scientists at PNNL while completing their graduate coursework and subsequently transfer to PNNL for the remaining years of their PhD program to gain hands-on research experience with PNNL scientists. Research opportunities include but are not limited to the following areas:

The Four-Year Program* Includes:

  • Assistantship for financial support (salary, tuition waiver, benefits, support for mandatory fees) that is funded by a student’s WSU and PNNL advisors.
  • Oversight by graduate committee of nationally-recognized scientists
  • Collaboration with nationally recognized (and, in some cases, world-renowned) researchers
  • Access to world-class research infrastructure

Questions about the program? Contact DGRP@wsu.edu

*Additional support may be requested from advisors if Ph.D. program extends beyond four years. Funding does not come directly from the DGRP.



Recent DGRP Publications

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