Programs & Funding

Open to current or recent graduate students at the Masters, Doctoral or Post-Doctoral level in relevant STEM fields (including those who have received the graduate degree within the past three years), the Rose Award provides for an academic year residency at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) including a three-week orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., conducted by the American Councils for International Education in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Rose Education Award commemorates the legacy of Robert Rose, founder of the U.S. Fuel Cell Council, the national trade association for fuel cell technologies in the U. S., which became the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association. Rose is well-known worldwide for his achievements in advancing hydrogen and fuel cell systems and paving the way for the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program over two decades ago.

Program Goals and Organizations. Established in 2018 by the American Councils for International Education in cooperation with Breakthrough Technologies Institute/Rose Institute for Strategic Energy (BTI/RISE) and Battelle Memorial Institute, Pacific Northwest Division (Battelle), operator of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Rose Education Award was created to expand opportunities for graduate students, recent graduates, and early-career professionals from the U.S. and around the world to gain firsthand experience studying and working with leading US specialists in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at PNNL.

Eligibility. The Rose Award will be provided annually or biannually on a competitive basis to US or international graduate students in a relevant STEM field at the M.A. and Ph.D. level and/or to recent graduates who are currently engaged in a relevant area of STEM study or research.

Initial Round of Awards: For the 2019-2020 academic year, awards will be open to qualified applicants with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the United States. While future awards may focus on broader clean energy topics, the first round will focus on hydrogen safety, a key enabler for the widespread deployment and successful commercial viability of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Applications from candidates of traditionally under-represented groups in the STEM fields are particularly encouraged.

Placement. Rose Award recipients are expected to remain in residence at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, for a period of 8/9 months following an initial three-week introductory seminar organized in cooperation with the US Department of Energy in Washington, D. C. There is currently no financial provision for the support of dependents of Rose Award recipients.

Terms of Rose Education Awards: Rose Awardees will receive a stipend of $25,000 to $35,000, for the full program, payable in monthly installments for the duration of the program, health insurance, round-trip travel from their home to Washington, D.C., and then to Richland (WA), as well as a professional development subsidy for attendance at one professional conferences. Additionally, American Councils program staff will provide necessary logistical and other support for Awardees over the course of their internship, including an orientation conference at the start of the program.

Application Requirements: The competition for the Rose Award is open and merit-based.

  • A completed online application form:
  • Personal statement of academic and professional interest and relevance to goals and resources of PNNL and the Rose Award (maximum 500 words)
  • Updated curriculum vitae or resume
  • Citizenship (Photocopy of ID page of passport or proof of permanent residency)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a current or recent faculty member)
  • Applicants for the Rose Award must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent and submit official transcripts of all college- and university-level coursework from the past five years.

Letters of recommenders are asked to comment on the candidate’s qualifications, including technical skills as well as communication skills (both oral and writing skills) for undertaking the proposed program at this time.

Participants must have the necessary academic background for participating in substantial project work at PNNL. In addition, as the selected candidates will work on government funded research at PNNL, a DOE owned facility, the selected candidates will be required to comply with DOE requirements for access to PNNL and access to information generated at PNNL. Continued participation in the program will be contingent upon meeting the access requirements in effect.

All applications will receive consideration without regard to any factor such as race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, marital status, family responsibilities, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability.

Your application must be submitted to Adrian Erlinger, Program Manager ( in the order given by June 21, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. Any documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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