Research Associateship Programs
- The National Academies
Next Deadline: May 1, 2011
The objectives of the Research Associateship Programs are (1) to provide postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers
of unusual promise and ability opportunities for research on problems, largely of their own choice that are compatible
with the interests of the sponsoring laboratories and (2) to, thereby, contribute to the overall efforts of the laboratories.
For recent doctoral graduates, the Research Associateship Programs provide an opportunity for concentrated
research in association with selected members of the permanent professional laboratory staff. For established scientists
and engineers, the Research Associateship Programs afford an opportunity for research without the interruptions
and distracting assignments of permanent career positions.
In these programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities
listed on this website. Prior to completing an application, prospective applicants should contact the proposed
Research Adviser to assure that funding will be available if their application is recommended by NRC panels. Once
mutual interest is established between a prospective applicant and a Research Adviser, an application is submitted
through the NRC WebRap system. Reviews are conducted four times each year and review results are available approximately
6-8 weeks following the application deadline.
Prospective applicants should read carefully the details of the program to which they are applying. In particular, note
eligibility details. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents)
and some laboratories have research opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond
the PhD). When searching for research opportunities you may limit your search to only those laboratories which
match your eligibility criteria. In addition, note the application deadlines, as not all laboratories participate in all reviews.
Stipend - An NRC Research Associate receives a stipend from the National Research Council while carrying out his or
her proposed research. Stipends for Associates are limited to the amounts set forth by the NRC and the sponsoring
federal laboratory and any other arrangement, formal or informal, between an applicant and laboratory personnel for
additional monies or other considerations is strictly prohibited. Note than NRC awards for applicants to NIST are
made directly by NIST and Associates are hired in two year term appointments.
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