National Research Council Research Associateship Program

The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies announces its Research Associateship Programs (RAP) to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

In these programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities listed on this website.  Prior to completing an application, prospective applicants should contact the proposed Research Adviser to assure that funding will be available if their application is recommended by NRC panels.  Once mutual interest is established between a prospective applicant and a Research Adviser, an application is submitted through the NRC WebRap system.  Reviews are conducted four times each year and review results are available approximately 6-8 weeks following the application deadline.

Full-time Associateships will be awarded on a competitive bases for research in the fields of chemistry; earth, atmospheric and space sciences; engineering, applied sciences and computer science; life and medical sciences; mathematics; and physics. Many of the laboratories are open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.

Awards are made for one or two years, renewable for a maximum of three years.

Applications are due the following dates each year: February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1. 

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