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Welcome to the Fellowships Office of Policy and Global Affairs

The Fellowships Office (FO) of the National Academies administers predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowship awards on behalf of government and private/foundation sponsors; these fellowship awards play an important role in the career development of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and scholars for the academic, federal, industrial and international workforce. Current opportunities are as follows:

Research Associateship Programs (RAP)
The NRC Resident Research Associateship Programs were established in 1954. The goal of this program is to provide advanced training for highly qualified graduate postdoctoral and visiting scientists, while enhancing the research conducted in federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. A wide variety of research opportunities are available at top research laboratories across the U.S. and in select foreign locations. These awards are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and with some limitations, foreign nationals in all fields of science and engineering.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
Through its Fellowship Program, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. Administered by the National Research Council (NRC) since 1979, these programs provide fellowship support at the predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral levels. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens who can demonstrate superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Jefferson Science Fellowship
Recognizing that knowledge of state-of-the-art science, technology, and engineering (STE) is essential to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy, the Secretary of State began the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program at the U.S. Department of State, in 2003. Tenured academic scientists and engineers from U.S. institutions of higher learning are eligible. Fellows spend one year at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Following the fellowship year, the Jefferson Science Fellow returns to his/her academic career, but remains available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects.

Optical Society of America, Foundation Fellowships
The Optical Society of America 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 PhDs through postdoctoral research at an OSAF sponsoring company.


  In the Spotlight  

THE FELLOWSHIPS ROUNDTABLE 20th Anniversary - The Fellowships Office biannual Roundtable is celebrating its 20th Anniversary on April 30, 2015. Fellowship administrators will gather to participate in a variey of interesting sessions and hear Drs. Suzanne Orgega and Jeff Allum of the Council of Graduate Schools. Click here for the agenda.

THE CHANGING FACE OF SCIENCE celebrates the people of diverse backgrounds who are changing the face of science, engineering, and medicine. Support for this publication was provided by the Presidents’ Circle Communications Initiative of the National Academies.
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SuntzeffJEFFERSON SCIENCE FELLOW DR. NICOLAS SUNTZEFF was recognized for his leadership of the High-Z Supernova Search Team when two team members – Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess – were awarded with the Nobel Prize for Physics in December 2011. Suntzeff was the Principal Investigator and co-founder (with Schmidt) of this team which studies distant exploding stars. In 1998, the team made the unexpected discovery that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating. Suntzeff is an observational cosmologist and holds the Mitchell/Heep/Munnerlyn Chair of Observational Astronomy in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the Texas A&M University. As a 2010-2011 Jefferson Science Fellow, Suntzeff worked as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, in the Office of Human Rights.

The Fellowships Office is a unit of the
Policy and Global Affairs division at the National Research Council.