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AF S&T Fellowship Fair- NRC Research Associate Program

Doolittle Institute is working to identify potential candidates for the NRC Research Associate Program (RAP) from U.S. colleges and universities for the Air Force Research Lab Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW).  The NRC RAP program promotes excellence in research conducted by U.S. Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDC) and related institutions.  AFRL/RW has available research opportunities in which postdoctoral and senior-level researchers can apply for paid fellowships that could potentially lead to longer-term government employment. 

The NRC RAP program offers competitive awards for scientists and engineers to conduct independent research in federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Awards include attractive stipends (ranging from $45,000 to $80,000 for recent doctoral recipients and are proportionally higher for Senior Associates), health insurance, an allowance for professional travel, and relocation benefits. Research is conducted in collaboration with a Research Adviser who is a member of the senior professional staff at the laboratory. Research Advisers provide guidance, advice, and support for the Associate during their tenure. The host laboratory provides research facilities, equipment, and funding for supplies to support the Associate’s research.

A complete list of all research “Opportunities” can be found on the NRC RAP web site at:  AFRL/RW-specific opportunities seeking research associates can be found by searching the above web link for “FL, Eglin Air Force Base”. 

Prospective applicants from academic institutions conducting research in the below technology areas matching AFRL/RW eligibility criteria will be invited to attend an S&T Fellowship Fair hosted by Doolittle Institute.  At this event, prospective applicants will have the chance to engage with the advisers and learn more about the research opportunities for paid fellowships with AFRL/RW.

June 2023 Application Period Research Opportunity Areas:

  • Robust GPS-denied Single and Multi-agent (Cooperative) Navigation
  • Characterization of Photonic Crystals, Metamaterials, and Metasurfaces
  • Design of Hybrid Nano-Optical Systems


June 2023 Application Period Timeline:

  • 27 February – 27 March: Candidate Registration Window
  • Week of 27 March: Advisor Initial Review of Candidates & Fellowship Fair Invitations Sent
  • Week of 10 April: Virtual Fellowship Fair
  • Week of 17 April: Advisor Identification of Prospective Candidates
  • Week of 24 April: Prospective Candidate Invitational Orders Sent
  • Month of May: Candidates Visit AFRL/RW & Present Research to AFRL/RW S&Es
  • 1 June: Online NRC Application Opens
  • 1 August: NRC Application Deadline