Application Instructions

Call for applications – CLOSED

All doctoral students, postdocs, and computational scientists are encouraged to apply to our intensive two-week course.


ATPESC provides advanced training to 60-70 participants. Qualified applicants must have:

  • Substantial experience in MPI and/or OpenMP programming.
  • Used at least one HPC system for a reasonably complex application.
  • Plans to conduct computational science and engineering (CS&E) research on large-scale computers.

Anyone who has attended ATPESC in a previous year is not eligible to apply.

Ability to access all supercomputing resources used in this training program is mandatory for participation. For ATPESC 2018, the following restrictions apply to foreign nationals: 
  1. Foreign nationals from countries that appear on a restricted foreign country listing in section 15 CFR 740.7 License Exceptions for Computers (namely, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria) require a very lengthy approval process for access to DOE supercomputers, which will not complete in time for ATPESC 2018. Therefore, citizens of these countries are not eligible to apply for participation in ATPESC 2018.  
  2. Foreign nationals from countries other than those listed above will need a valid passport and visa supporting documents with an expiration date beyond the end of the training program (August 10, 2018). Selected applicants will be provided a letter of invitation for visa purposes if needed.
  3. Depending on the country of citizenship, the process for approval of accounts can take anywhere from weeks to months, and we cannot guarantee successful approval. Selected applicants whose accounts have not been approved by July 6, 2018, will not be able to participate in ATPESC 2018. 

Applicants are expected to be proficient in English in order to take full advantage of this training program. Results from TOEFL/IELTS/PTE examinations are not required.

Applicants must commit to attend the entire program. If they fail to do so, they will be responsible for their travel, lodging and meal expenses.


  • April 16, 2018 – Notification of acceptance (DELAYED till April 23)
  • April 27, 2018 – Registration deadline for accepted applicants
  • May 4, 2018 – Registration deadline for wait-listed applicants


Your application must include (in this order):

1. Statement of Purpose (SOP)

This document should include the purpose for attending the training program, a description of your computing experience and your current/future CS&E research plans. This part of the application should be no longer than two pages. Please include your First and Last Name, Job Title and Institution at the top of the document.

  • Note: the curriculum of the training program is geared for participants with substantial MPI and/or OpenMP programming experience who have used an HPC system for a reasonably complex application and have conducted or are preparing to conduct CS&E research on large-scale computers. Please be prepared to describe in detail your previous experience with HPC systems (e.g. size of simulations, kind of systems, experience as user and/or developer, software and solvers used, etc.) and your future CS&E plans on leadership-class supercomputers.

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

3. Letter of recommendation (LOR)

One letter of recommendation from an advisor, supervisor, or referee.

  • Note: if your advisor, supervisor, or referee wants to make a confidential recommendation, they should send it directly to before the submission deadline. In that case, ATPESC support staff will include it in your application. As an exception, you would not include the LOR in your final PDF file. Nonetheless, you are still responsible for ensuring final submission by your advisor, supervisor, or referee. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please do not include in your application any article, additional letters or other document that is not one of the three mentioned above.

When you have compiled all the documents listed above:

  1. Please create one PDF file with all items: SOP, CV and LOR (if not confidential)
  2. Log in to EasyChair to apply for ATPESC 2018

On the EasyChair application form:

Please use standard capitalization (i.e., “Chris Smith”; not “CHRIS SMITH” nor “chris smith”).

  • For the Author Information, complete the Author 1 fields with your information and leave the other author fields blank.
  • For the Title, use your first and last name followed by “Application” EXAMPLE: John Doe Application.
  • For the Abstract, enter a short paragraph summarizing your purpose for attending and the name of the referee that will be submitting the letter of recommendation (if not included in your submission package).
  • For the Keywords, enter your Country of citizenship, CS&E Field (from the list in attachment) and Job Title (Ph.D., Postdoc, Scientist, Researcher, Engineer, etc).
  • Upload your PDF file.
  • Click on the submit button only once.

If you have any questions, please contact ATPESC staff.