Scholarship Details

National Academies of SEM

Application Deadline:



Graduate Program


The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is 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.


Prospective applicants should read carefully the details of the program to which they are applying. In particular, note eligibility details. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents) and some laboratories have research opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond the PhD). When searching for research opportunities you may limit your search to only those laboratories which match your eligibility criteria. In addition, note the application deadlines, as not all laboratories participate in all reviews.

Terms of Award:

Research Associates receive annual stipends ranging from $42,000 to $75,000 for recent graduates and proportionally higher for Senior Associates. In addition,
the NRC provides health insurance, relocation benefits and an allowance for professional travel. The host laboratory provides research facilities, equipment and funding for supplies to support the Associate’s research.

Please Submit:

Follow application instructions carefully.
Applications must be submitted electronically.
Supporting documents should be sent to:

National Research Council
Fellowship Programs Office
Research Associateship Program
500 Fifth Street NW, Keck 568, Washington, DC 20001
Email: - Tel: 202-334-2760 - Fax: 202-334-2759

Online Application: