National Research Council – research awards

June 1, 2015 by School of Medicine Webmaster

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 – $80,000 per year for recent PhD recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. The program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply, and a list of participating laboratories, are available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs website (see link below).

Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.

Review cycles:  

  • August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1
  • November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1
  • February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1
  • May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1


Participating federal facilities (all review cycles, unless noted below):

  • Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute
  • Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development, & Engr Center
  • U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command
  • U.S. Army Research Laboratory
  • Army Research Laboratory – U.S. Military Academy
  • U.S. Army Research Office
  • Chemical and Biological Defense Funded Laboratories
  • U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • EPA/Faculty Fellowship Program
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • US Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources
  • Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Methane Hydrates Fellowship Program (Feb., Aug. cycles only)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (Feb., Aug. cycles only)
  • Naval Medical Research Center/Naval Health Research Center
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Naval Research Laboratory (Feb., May, Aug. cycles only)
  • U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engr Center
  • U.S. Army Res, Dev & Eng Com/Armament Res, Dev & Eng Ct
  • U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command, NVESD
  • U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory

Additional information:  202-334-2760 (phone) or

Filed Under: Funding Opportunities