Maria Goeppert Mayer Fellowship 2025

The Maria Goeppert Mayer Fellowship aims to attract early career researchers who are eager to develop their careers in Argonne’s mission-driven, high-impact research environment. This fellowship was established in honor of the legacy of Maria Goeppert Mayer, for her pioneering leadership as an Argonne scientist and Noble Prize Winner. Fellows work closely with an Argonne sponsor to pursue their research interests. Fellows are hired as an Argonne Scholar with full benefits, a highly competitive salary and a stipend for research support. Fellows may renew their appointments on an annual basis for up to three years, with the possibility of retention. Candidates interested in a research career in a Department of Energy national laboratory are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship details

  • Proposals must align with one of the following strategic initiatives. Candidates should review the descriptions of the initiatives in the applicant instructions before applying.
    • Artificial intelligence (AI) for science
    • Autonomous discovery
    • Circular economy
    • Climate action
    • Coherent X-ray science
    • Deep decarbonization
    • Imaging and detection of signatures (For the national security portion of this initiative only, the selected candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance and must be a U.S. citizen. Please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Security Clearances webpage for more information about requirements for obtaining a security clearance process.)
    • Radioisotope discovery
  • The following funding model allows Fellows to advance independent research as outlined in their fellowship proposal, while making significant contributions to Argonne initiatives:
    • The first two years of the fellowship are funded 100% by Argonne’s Laboratory Directed Research Development (LDRD) Program.
    • The third year is funded 50% by LDRD and 50% by other programs identified by the fellow and the host division.
  • Fellows will receive a competitive salary, full employment benefits, and a stipend for research support.
  • Fellows may renew their appointments on an annual basis for up to three years, with the possibility of retention if of mutual interest to the fellow and Argonne.

Candidates are encouraged to review Argonne’s scientific and engineering research areas and the following resources to identify Argonne divisions aligning with your research proposal. Detailed descriptions of initiatives relevant to this fellowship are provided in the applicant instructions.

View the LinkedIn Live recording for tips on applying to this LDRD Named Fellowship.


  • Ph.D. conferred within three years at the time of application or completion of Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment
  • Evidence of academic achievement with potential for technical and research leadership
  • Research in areas that align with Argonne’s mission
  • Demonstrated leadership through collaborations, service on committees, outreach, professional society engagement, etc.
  • Creativity and motivation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Alignment with Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork

Application Instructions

To be considered for the Maria Goeppert Mayer Fellowship, candidates must apply through Requisition 416142 on the Argonne Careers page. Applicants must read the detailed applicant instructions before applying.

  • Instructions for Applicants
  • Briefly, the following documents must be uploaded with your application in Workday. Once your application is submitted, you will not be able to make changes.
    • Research proposal, biosketch and project plan submitted using the research template. Please review the applicant instructions for guidance about using the template.
    • CV
    • Graduate transcripts — refer to applicant instructions for acceptable format
  • The following documents should be sent directly to :
    • Three letters of recommendation – refer to applicant instructions for guidance

All application materials must be submitted by 7:00 p.m. Central Time (U.S.) on October 1, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review.

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