BLDAP Application

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Director's Apprenticeship Program

Application Process


This program is open to public school students in Alameda, San Francisco, and West Contra Costa counties, and seek to reflect the racial demographics of the residential population. Students must be full time residents of the state of California to apply.

We especially encourage high school students from underrepresented groups in STEM - African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Latinx, LGBTQ+, students from low income households, and those who will be the first generation in their family to attend college - to apply.

This program is for current sophomores and juniors.

Reccomendation for Student Applicants

Educators, supervisors and mentors may now begin to submit recommendations in support of their student's application. Recommendations will be due by Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Link to Recommendation Form


Link to application form

Submit the application by April 1, 2021 to be considered for BLDAP 2021.

Required: One (1) recommendation from your science, math or technology teacher and/or mentor. Students will be required to list their recommender's email address as part of the application by March 21. Recommenders will have an extended deadline to submit their letters. Our team will reach out to recommenders.

The form includes short free-response questions. The answers to these questions will be used to evaluate your application. Please be as concise as possible while also letting us know about your personality, motivations, and curiosity.

  1. Tell us why you want to attend the Berkeley Lab Apprenticeship Program. How do you think you would benefit from attending this program?

  2. If you could make a discovery of a new element or solve a world/community problem, what would it be and why?

  3. (OPTIONAL) How do you think scientists, engineers, and technicians can use their work to create a better society?

Important dates

Applications close: April 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST

Applications review: April 2 through April 19, 2021

Notification of selection and non-selection to applicants: May 15, 2021

Orientation 1: This will be an introduction to the program and to help students go over the required paperwork. This orientation is optional.

  • Saturday May 1st, 2021

  • Sunday May 2nd, 2021

Orientation 2: Students will be required to attend. This orientation will cover the logistics for the kits and projects.

  • Saturday June 19, 2021

  • Sunday June 20, 2021