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The ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships will provide the opportunity for recipients to pursue independent research of their own choosing that supports the mission of ARL. The Fellow benefits by having this opportunity and by working alongside some of the Nation's best scientists and engineers. ARL benefits by the expected transfer of new science and technology that enhances the capabilities of the U.S. Army and the warfighter in times of both peace and war.

For more than 50 years, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) ( has conducted the great majority of the Army's basic science programs. Among their many successes, ARL civilian employees helped develop the proximity fuze, worked to develop ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, the first operational, general purpose, electronic digital computer), grew some of the first synthetic large quartz crystals, and developed the titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V. Currently, ARL scientists and engineers are pioneering research in such areas as neuroscience, energetic materials and propulsion, electronics technologies, network sciences, virtual interfaces, and synthetic environments and autonomous systems. They are leaders in modeling and simulation, and have high performance computing resources on-site. They are expanding into frontier areas, such as quantum information and quantum networks.

The Army Research Laboratory invites exceptional young researchers to participate in this excitement as ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows. These Fellows must display extraordinary ability in scientific research, and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. Candidates are expected to have successfully tackled a major scientific or engineering problem during their thesis work or to have provided a new approach or insight, evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.

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All the ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship positions have been filled and applications are not being accepted at this time. These positions are highly sought after, and outstanding candidates should continue to look to this program for opportunities in the future. Please check back in early 2019 for more information.
  • the Harry Diamond Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • the George F. Adams Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • the Robert J. Eichelberger Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • the ENIAC Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship

Eligibility criteria
  • By the application deadline, applicants must have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, computational sciences, behavioral sciences or engineering. Applicants who intend to defend their dissertation after the application deadline are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be within three years from date of award of Ph.D. or Sc.D. by the application deadline.
  • There are no citizenship requirements; however, selected fellows must successfully complete a Department of Defense clearance process, requiring a background security investigation. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate exceptional qualifications with respect to academic and scholarly achievement, as evidenced by research and publication.
  • Candidates are expected to have conducted research on a major scientific or engineering problem during their thesis work or have provided a new approach or insight evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.

Fellowship benefits
  • Stipend - $100,000
  • Health insurance
  • Paid relocation
  • Professional travel allowance

Fellowship terms
  • Awards are contingent upon the successful completion of a background security investigation.
  • One-year appointments renewable for up to three years based on performance.
  • Fellowship appointments require a full-time commitment to the research program at ARL, and Fellows must be in residence at ARL (i.e. conduct their research on site) during the entire period of the appointment. In some cases, ARL may provide for temporary location at another facility (e.g. another federal facility or a facility ARL is working with under the Open Campus effort) to meet the specific needs of the research program.
  • Fellows will be required to submit annual progress reports and a final report at the end of the appointment. These reports include an abstract of the research conducted and copies of publications resulting from it. If future papers are published as a result of research performed at ARL, copies must be provided to ARL.
  • Fellows will be required to sign and abide by an appointment letter and an ARL IP agreement concerning discoveries, inventions, data, copyrights, and a disclaimer of liability.

Application materials

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  • Curriculum vitae (limit 10 pages)
  • Statement of previous research, describing research accomplishments and impact
  • Proposal describing research that will be conducted at ARL articulating the rationale-approach and expected needs
  • Ph.D. or Sc.D. transcript 
  • Letters of recommendation from four references
Finalists will be asked to present a seminar at the Army Research Laboratory.

Review process and selection timeline

Please check back in early 2019 for updated information.