The Fellowships Office administers pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and senior fellowship awards on behalf of government and private sponsors; these fellowship awards play an important role in the career development of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and scholars for the academic, federal, and private sector workforce both in the U.S. and internationally.
The NRC Research Associateship Programs promote excellence in scientific and technological research through post-doctoral and senior research awards at sponsoring federal laboratories. Postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers receiving awards experience career enhancement through concentrated research in top quality laboratories. Federal sponsors benefit from the introduction of new ideas and expertise and opportunities for the development of long-term collaborations. Since its inception in 1954, the NRC Research Associateship Programs have supported the research of over 13,000 scientists and engineers.
The Ford Foundation funds Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowship awards. The objectives of these fellowship awards are to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The Ford programs offer approximately 60 predoctoral awards, 35 awards for dissertation research and 24 postdoctoral awards each year. In addition to administering the competition and awards, the Fellowships Office organizes the annual Conference of Ford Fellows, which enhances the professional development of Ford scholars through formal seminars, mentoring and networking.
The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) fund the Jefferson Science Fellowship for senior scientists and engineers who hold 1-year fellowships tenable at the U.S. Department of State or USAID. In its 13 year history, over 114scientists, engineers, physicians and technologists have worked in various Department of State and USAID offices and regional bureaus, providing valuable insights in policy-making decisions. After their tenure year, Jefferson Science Fellows continue to serve as a resource to the Department of State and USAID for short-term assignments.
Through The Optical Society, Foundation Fellowships, the OSA Foundation inspires future optics innovators, supports career development for optics students, recent graduates, and young professionals and recognizes distinguished achievement in the field through the presentation of awards and honors. OSAF Fellowships are intended to provide career enhancing experiences to recent Ph.D.s through postdoctoral research at an OSAF sponsoring company.
In addition to making a variety of fellowship awards, the Fellowships Office organizes annual conferences and symposia for the various fellowship programs and facilitates a bi-annual Fellowship Roundtable for administrators of fellowship programs, both public and private.