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Become a GSAS Scholar PDF Print E-mail

Who can Apply as a GSAS Scholar?

Senior graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all relevant science and engineering disciplines are eligible to apply. Senior graduate student means a student who is nearing completion of his/her doctoral thesis (3rd, 4th, or 5th year).

Please note that your research experience need not be specific to the session topic. For example, you may have expertise in microscopy or device physics that can be applied to the session topic.

Upcoming Sessions:

Catalysis: Doha, Qatar, January 6-8, 2013

Selection Criteria

  • Technical Capabilities
  • Potential Contributions to a Global Research Team: Each team will have students from around the world and a balanced range of capabilities including materials synthesis, characterization, device design and fabrication, theory and measurement, etc.  
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Global Leadership Potential
  • Communication Skills, including English Language fluency

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Session organizers and representatives from the host institution. GSAS is dedicated to ensuring a balance of disciplines, gender, expertise, and participation from different parts of the world.

Travel Support

Scholars who are selected to participate will receive full travel and lodging support. You must have a passport that is valid at least 6 months beyond your travel dates. You must travel and be lodged with the group.

In accordance with our sponsor's guidelines, in order to receive travel support, applicants from US institutions must be US citizens or US Permanent Residents.

Scholars may not invite spouses or accompanying persons.

Research Fellowships Awarded after the Session

Host institutions may award postdoctoral research fellowships to GSAS Scholars with the most promising research plans.


  1. To qualify for these research fellowships, applicants must be available for hire as postdocs at a predetermined date. 
  2. Representatives from the host laboratories will assess participants during the Session and contact them shortly afterward to discuss fellowship opportunities.

Application Instructions

  1. Register on this website Your registration will require approval. Once approved, you will be sent an approval notice to the e-mail address you entered. When you receive the approval, you will be able to log in and complete your application.
  2. Update your Profile: Login and go to the User menu. Select "My Profile." Mouse over the EDIT button (upper left corner of the profile.) Select "Update Profile" and complete all fields on the tab entitled "Application Information" and the tab entitled "Research." Information on the remaining tabs is optional. When finished, use the UPDATE button on the bottom of the profile to save changes.
  3. Update Your Profile Image:  Login and go to the User menu. Select "My Profile."Mouse over the EDIT button in the upper left corner of the profile. Select "Update Image". Image specifications and instructions will be given.
  4. Submit a Letter of Recommendation: If you are a graduate student, this letter must be from your thesis adviser and must give the actual or estimated date of your PhD completion. If you are a postdoc, please also provide a letter your current supervisor. The letter(s) should also recommend you for the session, i.e. describe your thesis work, your skills and qualities - in other words, describe why you are a good candidate for the session. Letters must be on letterhead, signed, scanned and emailed by the author to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Application Deadlines

Session:  Catalysis: Doha, Qatar, January 6-8, 2013 

You will be able to edit your application until the application deadline. While you are an applicant, your profile will only be visible to GSAS reviewers. If you are accepted as a participant, your profile will be displayed on the GSAS website.

Session Contact

For more information, please contact Stephanie Gutierrez: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Feedback from Scholars

How has GSAS helped you develop a global perspective?:
Working with people from different countries is one. Everyone has their own concern and expertise. With the same goal, we have to communicate and try to figure out a best solution for everyone. That is really great. Also, I saw and learned the viewpoints of GIANT faculties. Since it is a big global institute, I could learned to see things differently.