Research Associateship Programs

National Research Council of the National Academies:
Applications Sought for Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Awards

The National Research Council of the National Academies announces the 2013 Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs to be conducted on behalf of federal research laboratories and affiliated institutions in over 100 locations throughout the United States. These programs provide opportunities for Ph.D., Sc.D. or M.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of the sponsoring laboratory. Initiated in 1954, the Associateship Programs have contributed to the career development of more than 13,000 scientists and engineers ranging from young researchers and recent Ph.D. recipients to distinguished senior scientists.

Full-time Associateships will be awarded on a competitive basis in 2014 for research in the fields of chemistry; earth, atmospheric and space sciences; engineering, applied sciences and computer science; life and medical sciences; mathematics; and physics. Many of the laboratories are open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. Awards are made for one or two years, renewable for a maximum of three years; senior applicants who have held the doctorate at least five years may receive awards for shorter periods.

Annual stipends for recent Ph.D. recipients for the 2014 program year range from $42,000 to $80,000 depending upon the sponsoring laboratory, and are appropriately higher for senior award recipients. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000 and are higher for additional experience.

Financial support is provided for allowable relocation expenses and for limited professional travel during the duration of the award. The host laboratory provides facilities, support services, necessary equipment, and travel necessary for the conduct of the approved research program.

Contact with the Research Adviser/mentor at the proposed sponsoring  laboratory, including discussion of the proposed project, is necessary prior to submitting a formal application to the NRC. Application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1 for reviews in mid-March, mid-June, mid-September and midJanuary respectively. Initial awards will be announced immediately following each review with notification of alternate candidates at a later time. Detailed program information, including instructions on how to apply online, is available on the NRC Web site at:

Questions should be directed to the: National Research Council of the National Academies

Fellowship Programs Office, Associateship Programs
500 Fifth Street NW, Keck 568, Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 334-2760 Email:

Annual application deadlines:

Qualified Applicants will be reviewed without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex or national origin.