Liane B. Russell Fellowship


The Liane B. Russell Fellowship honors groundbreaking female geneticist Liane B. Russell. Russell has been the recipient of both the Enrico Fermi Award and the International Roentgen Medal. The Russell Fellowship is an integral part of ORNL’s diversity recruiting effort, helping to attract a diverse workforce of scientists and engineers to pursue a path of scientific excellence and substantially contribute to ORNL and the US Department of Energy (DOE) missions and goals.

This fellowship provides funding support over a period of three years for candidates with proven exceptional talent, along with formal mentorship and guidance designed to facilitate successful long term integration and alignment of their research activities with DOE programs. Fellows are expected to conduct research of the highest quality and impact, aim to pursue long-term careers with ORNL, elevate the reputation of the Laboratory, and become scientific leaders in their field.


The Russell Fellowship is open to all fields of science and engineering. Applicants must have received their doctoral degrees before their start dates and can be no more than seven years beyond receiving their doctoral degrees at the date of application submission.

The Russell Fellowship is posted twice each year on the ORNL Careers website. To apply, click the “Open Positions” button on the left side of the page and search the keyword “Russell.”  The online posting dates are listed below:

  • August 1 - October 31
  • January 1 - March 31


For more information about the Russell Fellowship, contact Lauren Wurth at


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