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Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, color, age, sex, or national origin.

Education and Experience - 
Applicants must have earned a Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M., or academically equivalent research doctorate before beginning tenure.

Level - 
The Fellowships Office makes NRC Research Associateship awards at the postdoctoral and senior researcher level.
  • Postdoctoral Associateships - Applicants must have held the doctorate for less than five years as of the application deadline.
  • Senior Associateships - Applicants will have held the doctorate five years or more as of the application deadline or will hold a permanent appointment in academia, government, or industry and have research experience that has resulted in significant contributions and recognition as established investigators in their specialized fields. Applicants should check the detail of the particular program to which they are applying to determine if senior applicants are accepted. 

Current or Prior Affiliation with the Laboratory - 
A primary objective of the NRC Research Associateship Programs is to provide a mechanism for new ideas, knowledge, and skills to be brought to the sponsoring laboratory. Persons with current or recent prior affiliation with a sponsoring agency to which they wish to apply may not be eligible for an award.

Disqualifying current or prior affiliation includes direct employment relationships either with the agency or with a contractor whose work is performed at the agency; individuals who hold or have held other postdoctoral fellowships which are sponsored by or conducted at agency laboratories are also considered ineligible. 

Generally, research performed in collaboration with scientists at a sponsoring federal agency/laboratory as a student, postdoc, or faculty member is not considered to be disqualifying for an applicant to the same agency unless the proposed research involves continuation of work with the same Research Adviser or on the same or similar project. If you are uncertain of your eligibility, please confirm it with the Agency and the Fellowships Office ( prior to submitting your application.

Citizenship and Immigration Status - 
Citizenship requirements for the NRC Research Associateship Programs vary depending on the sponsoring federal laboratory. Refer to the citizenship requirements of the agency to which you are applying.
Security Review/Security Clearance - Each agency has specific procedures for new Associates to gain access to laboratory facilities. Some awards are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a National Agency Check (NAC) or other clearance processes. An unsatisfactory result from the investigation is cause to withdraw the Associateship award offer. For laboratories that accept applications from non-resident aliens (foreign nationals) clearance processes may require prior residence in the U.S. for a period of up to three years. Foreign nationals should discuss security requirements with the prospective Research Adviser and/or agency program manager.