Application to the Fermilab-University Joint PhD Program
Generally, students apply to start the Joint PhD Program after they
have completed coursework and any required candidacy exams at their
home institution. If accepted to the program, they remain
enrolled at their home institution, which will ultimately grant their
degree. They are, however, expected to spend the majority of
their time at the lab.
Regardless of their own nationality, those students applying from US universities should submit the following:
The following variations apply to students applying from non-US universities:
- A letter of support from the PhD adviser at the home institution.
This letter should include information about his or her position
at the university and area of research.
- Proposed course of research and thesis topic. This should be written collaboratively between the student and adviser.
- Student's current CV.
- Proposed start date. This should be no less than three months after the application deadline (September 1st of any given year.)
- Proposed financial support. This should come from the local
adviser. Note that graduate stipend, tuition, and fees, are
generally paid to the university, and should include any applicable
indirect charges. Other requests, such as equipment or
conference travel, will be reimbursed directly by the lab and should
be listed separately.
- While not strictly required, it is strongly advised
that the application identify an adviser at Fermilab who has agreed to
mentor the student. In this case, the Fermilab adviser should also
submit a letter of support.
- The names of two people other than the local adviser to serve as
professional references. If a Fermilab adviser has been identified, he
or she may serve as one of these references.
Application materials may be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The evaluation process may involve an interview, which will be arranged at Fermilab's expense if needed.
- In most cases, students from non-US universities are paid directly as Guest Scientists. We regret that in some cases, we
may not be unable to reimburse the cost of tuition at non-US universities.
- Be aware that start times can be delayed significantly longer for
students who don't already hold a US student or work visa and vary
greatly by home country. Please contact us to discuss a reasonable
schedule with respect to application and start date.