Quantum Computing Summer School Fellowship

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 20 December 2017

The Quantum Computing Summer School is an immersive 10-week curriculum that includes tutorials from world-leading experts in quantum computation as well as one-on-one mentoring from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) staff scientists who are conducting cutting-edge quantum computing research. Summer school fellowship recipients will be exposed to the theoretical foundations of quantum computation and will become skilled at programming commercial quantum computers, such as those developed by D-Wave Systems and IBM. Ten students will be awarded a fellowship from LANL that covers travel, living expenses in Los Alamos, and salary, with a fellowship value ranging from $7,500 to $13,000, based on academic rank (junior, senior, 1st year graduate student, etc.).


Dates:  June 4 through August 10, 2018

Duration: 10 Weeks

Location: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alomos, New Mexico

Due Date: January 26, 2018


Who can apply?

This highly-selective program is designed for upper division undergraduates to early graduate students. We encourage students from all STEM majors (physics, computer science, engineering, math, chemistry, etc.) to apply. Ideally, students should have some familiarity with quantum mechanics and/or linear algebra, as well as some basic programming skills (e.g., in Python).


    In the first 2 weeks, students will attend lectures given by world-leading experts – from both academia and industry – in quantum computing research. The lectures will cover the following topics:

    • Introduction to quantum-mechanical formalism and quantum information theory
    • Gate-based quantum computing
      • Universal sets of gates
      • Shor’s, Grover’s, and other algorithms
      • Quantum error correction and fault tolerance
      • Hands-on programming of IBM’s quantum computer
    • Adiabatic quantum computing
      • Introduction to adiabatic algorithms, adiabatic theorem
      • Encoding problems in Ising-model Hamiltonians
      • Hands-on programming of D-Wave’s quantum computer
    • Applications
      • Data science / machine learning
      • Quantum chemistry
      • Simulating many-body systems
      • Solving optimization problems

    Application process


    • Current resume (Please state citizenship in your application)
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Letter of intent describing your
      • research interests and experience,
      • familiarity with quantum mechanics and/or linear algebra,
      • programming experience,
      • interest in this summer school, and
      • overall strengths and goals.

    Apply here!