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The Air Force Science & Technology Fellowship Program offers nationally competitive fellowship awards to postdoctoral and senior scientists to perform collaborative research at U.S. Air Force research facilities across the country. Since 1966, the Air Force S&T Enterprise has hosted over 1,000 fellows under the NRC Research Associateship Programs and many of these researchers have gone on to successful careers in government laboratories. The Air Force Science & Technology Fellowship Program continues this tradition of providing high quality research opportunities with Air Force scientists and engineers at Air Force Research Laboratory, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Space Force.

AFRL is the only Air Force organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for the nation’s air, space, and cyberspace forces. AFRL can trace its roots back to organizations that began their activities during the First World War, 100 years ago. Visions of early airpower leaders such as General Hap Arnold and Dr. Theodore von Karman were instrumental to the research and development programs since they understood science as the key in air supremacy. Today, the lab and its predecessors have overseen more than 80 years of critical research efforts for the Air Force and Department of Defense. AFRL technology breakthroughs can be found in all of today’s modern aircraft and weapon systems. AFRL continues to build on this paradigm-shifting research heritage by unleashing the power of innovative air and space technology for the warfighter. The passionate commitment of our scientist and engineers to strengthen the discovery of revolutionary technology inspires new warfighting capabilities, develops solutions to satisfy known gaps, and rapidly responds to urgent warfighting technology needs. AFRL is excited about the mission that lies ahead whether in air, space, or cyberspace and will continue to provide unprecedented technology as an important strategic asset for the Air Force. View more information about AFRL research.

AFIT is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education. A component of Air University and Air Education and Training Command, AFIT is committed to providing defense-focused graduate and professional continuing education and research to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air and space forces. AFIT’s research programs complements its graduate education programs, allowing students to develop enhanced understanding of their disciplines’ fundamental principles as well as appreciation of the most pressing unanswered questions. Consistent with the AFIT mission, its basic and applied research projects primarily focus on problems related to current or anticipated Air Force and Department of Defense needs. View more information about AFIT research.

USAFA is a military academy for officer candidates for the United States Air Force. The Academy's stated mission is "to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become leaders of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation." Graduates of the Academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. In addition to a rigorous military training regimen, cadets also take a broad academic course load with an extensive core curriculum in engineering, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, military studies and physical education. View more information about USAFA research.

The U.S. Space Force was established on Dec. 20, 2019, when the National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law, creating the first new branch of the armed services since 1947. The establishment of the USSF resulted from widespread recognition that space is a national security imperative. When combined with the growing threat posed by strategic competitors in space, it became clear that there was a need for a military service focused solely on pursuing superiority in the space domain. While the Space Force is the newest service, the Department of Defense has been working in the space domain since the beginning of space exploration. The Space Force consolidates satellite acquisition, budget and workforce from across more than 60 different organizations into a unified, efficient, effective service for space operations.