Contact Us  |  Search:  
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Fellowships Office
Policy and Global Affairs
Fellowships Homepage Programs Fellowship Resources Staff Directory Contact
2019 ARL DPF Banner

Instructions for Application Materials

Applicants must complete each section of the online application as outlined below. Applicants must register online and ensure all application materials are submitted by the deadline of July 13, 2023, at 5 PM Eastern Time.

Profile and Confidential Information
After registering online, applicants must enter data on the Profile and Confidential Information pages. Once these pages are complete, applicants can begin a new application by selecting Edit.

Applicants must complete the Eligibility page (linked in left navigation after selecting Edit) before proceeding with the remainder of the online application (see Eligibility criteria).


Click here for Formatting Instructions for Document and Transcript Uploads

Curriculum vitae (maxmim ten pages)
  • Name and current institutional affiliation
  • Education (degrees, institutions, dates)
  • Academic employment history (including dates, academic rank, and tenure)
  • Honors and awards (list up to 10 of the most significant)
  • Other national or international professional experience
  • Peer-reviewed publications (no more than 5 of the 10 pages; you may indicate the total number of publications from which the list is derived)
  • Other publications or patents

Statement of previous research (maximum four pages)

This statement should include information to reflect the last five years of your professional career. Include information on where, when, and with whom these investigations were carried out, as well as outcomes and impacts of the research.

Proposal (maximum ten pages)

The Research Proposal should describe a project which the applicant might undertake while an ARL Distinguished Fellow. The topic and scope of the Research Proposal should be based on the applicant’s area of expertise and integrated with knowledge of ARL program areas. Competitive proposals will be innovative, exciting, and compelling. The proposal should reflect the applicant’s original thinking and design. The expected outcome of the proposed research should be new information that will further knowledge in one or more fields of science or engineering relevant to ARL.

The Research Proposal should be technically sound and reflect the three year period of time for which the fellowship is offered. The Research Proposal should include the following elements:
  • Statement of the problem
  • Background and relevance to previous work
  • General methodology including new or unusual methods
  • Expected results, significance, and application to the ARL mission
  • Literature cited

Ph.D. or Sc.D. transcript

The Ph.D. or Sc.D. transcript must be in English and include all graduate courses and grades received as well as the date of the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree, if completed. If all requirements for the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree have been completed but the degree and degree date are not reflected on the transcript, an official letter from the graduate dean confirming that all requirements for the Ph.D. or Sc.D. have been met must be uploaded together with the transcript as one document.

Unofficial transcripts are accepted and encouraged; however, an official transcript will be required if selected for an award. Applicants who hold a degree from a non-U.S. institution that does not require coursework or issue transcripts must upload proof of their degree accompanied by an official letter from their institution including the following information:

• Statement that the institution does not require coursework for the degree
• Applicant's dates of enrollment at the institution
• Degree applicant received and date it was awarded

Letters of Recommendation

Applications must include four letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should address the qualifications of the applicant relative to the selection criteria listed (see Eligibility criteria).

Letter writers should be nationally recognized scientists, external to ARL, in relevant disciplines, who are knowledgeable about the applicant's capabilities and previous research. At least one of the writers should have personal knowledge of the candidate's doctoral research and all writers must comment on the summary of the major findings of recent research.

Applicants should communicate with their letter writers before entering the letter writers' contact information into the online application system. Applicants must also ensure their letter writers upload their letters to the online application system by the application deadline. Letter writers will not be contacted on behalf of applicants. Once letter writers have been added to the online application system, applicants must notify their letter writers via the Notify tool. Letters should be limited to no more than 2 pages and must be .pdf files. 

Browser Compatibility

For browser compatibility questions, please see this webpage.

Apply logo  APPLY HERE