LPC Graduate Scholars

The LPC Graduate Scholars Program at Fermilab, is designed to help build and maintain the strength of the CMS Collaboration and is made possible by funding from the US DOE, US NSF and Fermilab.

This program is aimed to support exceptional Graduate Students from USCMS institutions, by allowing them to spend a year at Fermilab to pursue thesis research opportunities at the LPC.

The deadline for applications and supporting letters for calendar year 2017 is Monday October 17, 2016. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. The slate of LPC Graduate Scholars for 2017 will be selected based on a competitive process. The proposals will be rated based on merit, uniqueness, creativity and relevance to CMS and the LPC.

The details of the application and selection process are given below and applications will be accepted by filling the online application.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Qualified Graduate Program with the Ph.D. as their degree objective at a member institution of the USCMS collaboration. (for collaborating USCMS institutions see http://www.uscms.org/uscms_at_work/collaboration/collaboration_board.shtml ). At the time of application, applicants must have obtained the Ph.D. candidacy at their home institution, and must have established a defined graduate thesis project and graduate thesis advisor.

Applicants are NOT eligible to apply if one, or any combination, of the following describes their graduate education status:

  • Applicant is in the last year of Ph.D research.
  • Applicant has not completed at least 2 years in graduate school.
  • Applicant has not obtained the Ph.D. candidacy with an established thesis project at the time of application.
  • Applicant is in a Master's degree program, with a Master's as the terminal degree.
  • Applicant is in a Master's degree program with no thesis research requirement and program is not a pathway to Ph.D. degree.
  • Applicant's institution is not a member of the USCMS collaboration.

Application Material


Format: 1 inch margins, font minimum 11 or 12 pt., common typeface (e.g., Arial, Palatino, Georgia), pages numbered.

The applications must include a research proposal, with a maximum length of 4 pages.

The proposal should include the following:

  • A description of the proposed project (hardware, software, computing).
  • The proposed physics analysis.
  • A justification of how the student, the project and the analysis, will benefit from the LPC collaboration.
  • The names of the graduate advisor and the LPC mentor. The expectation is that the proposal is prepared in consultation with the graduate advisor and the LPC mentor.

Supporting Letters

We require three recommendation letters:

  1. A letter of recommendation from the LPC mentor. The letter should include agreement by the mentor to supervise the student at the LPC, including weekly meetings, and to provide a mid year report to the LPC coordinators. Please note that the LPC mentor should be a Senior Researcher on CMS (either from Fermilab or from a university, resident at the LPC or with a presence of 75% or more of their time at the LPC). Your Ph.D. advisor is not eligible to act as a mentor.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the Ph.D. advisor, supporting the application and detailing provisions for supervision of the student at the LPC.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a CMS colleague (can be non-USCMS) who is familiar with your work.

Start Date and Duration

The starting date for the appointment as a LPC Graduate Scholar will be Jan 1, 2017 for a duration of one year. The start date is negotiable, but should be no later than March 2017. Renewal is possible but requires a new proposal. The maximum amount of time as CMS LPC-GS is two years.

Selection Criterion

The LPC Graduate Scholars for 2017 will be selected based on a competitive process. The proposals will be rated based on the merit, its uniqueness, creativity and relevance to CMS and LPC. Successful candidates are expected to be in good academic standing at their institutions, and should have completed at least 2 years in graduate school and should not be in their final year of thesis research.

Financial Support

  • The LPC-GS will receive a full year stipend (including fringe benefits).
  • No tuition costs will be provided.
  • No indirect-costs or university overhead will be provided.
  • A travel budget to enable attendance at a conference to present the work completed at the LPC, and a weeklong trip to CERN for presenting the work during a "CMS physics week".