The Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), and Mars, Incorporated are pleased to announce that they will nominate and sponsor a maximum of 85 total graduate students to attend the 63rd annual meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, from June 30 through July 5, 2013. We invite your institution to nominate up to two students for each sponsor to be considered for this very exciting opportunity.

Since 1951, Nobel Prize winners and students in chemistry, physics, and physiology or medicine have met annually in Lindau, located on Lake Constance in southwestern Germany. It is anticipated that some 550 students from more than 70 countries will attend the weeklong meeting in 2013. There are formal lectures in the morning, and the remainder of the day is set aside for the students to meet informally with the Nobel Laureate scientists, as well as with their fellow students from around the world. Information on the most recent meeting and comments from students who attended are available at

In 2013, the meeting will feature recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. You may nominate students to attend this meeting who:

  • are U.S. citizens currently enrolled at a university as full-time graduate students;
  • have completed by June 2013 at least two academic years of graduate studies toward a doctoral degree in chemistry or in a related discipline, but not be planning a dissertation/thesis defense before December 31, 2013;
  • If applying to DOE, NIH, or NSF: be supported by and/or working on a project, grant, or fellowship sponsored by the DOE Office of Science (DOE-SC), NIH (NCI, NIAAA, NIDCR, NIEHS, or NIGMS only), or the NSF Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (NSF-MPS).
  • If applying to ORAU: be attending an ORAU member institution (list is available here: and actively engaged in research funded by private or public sources.
  • If applying to Mars, Incorporated: be actively engaged in research funded by private or public sources.

All forms and nomination instructions can be found at We are especially interested in receiving nominations from a diverse group of students, including women, under-represented minorities and people with disabilities.

The selection process for the Lindau Meeting occurs over three phases. The universities and National Laboratories complete the first phase by selecting up to two students per sponsor and submitting the nomination packet for each student.  DOE, NIH, NSF, ORAU, and Mars, Incorporated complete phase two by selecting the students to nominate to the Lindau Meeting.  The final phase of selection is completed by the Lindau Meeting and its screening process. All three phases ultimately adhere to the Lindau Meeting’s selection criteria.

All nominations must be submitted online before Friday, December 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm, Eastern Time. Nominees will be notified by January 31, 2013 whether they have been selected for phase three of the nomination process. Further information about the program, including the web site for submission of nominations, can be found online at

The President/Chancellor/Director of your institution may delegate responsibility for submitting nominations to another office in your institution. However, individual faculty members may not submit nominations directly. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact me using the contact information below.

Best wishes and good luck,


Sam Held

Program  Manager

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

PO Box 117, MS 36

Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117

865.576.8223 office 865.368.3272 mobile

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