NRC Research Associateship Programs by U.S. Government

Research Associate Position 2019 in University of Virginia, USA

Designation/Position- NRC Research Associateship Programs

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine invites application for NRC Research Associateship Programs from eligible and interested candidates

About- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Fellowships Office has conducted the NRC Research Associateship Programs in cooperation with sponsoring federal laboratories and other research organizations approved for participation since 1954. Through national competitions, the Fellowships Office recommends and makes NRC Research Associateship awards to outstanding postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers for tenure as guest researchers at participating laboratories. The NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) 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. NRC Research Associateship Programs

Research/Job Area- Sciences, Engineering & Medicine

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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.

Job/Position Description- 

Objectives of the NRC Research Associateship Programs:

  • To provide postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability opportunities for research on problems, largely of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the sponsoring laboratories
  • To contribute to the overall efforts of the laboratories
  • To provide an opportunity for recent doctoral graduates to conduct concentrated research in association with selected members of the permanent professional laboratory staff
  • To afford an opportunity for established scientists and engineers to conduct research without the interruptions and distracting assignments of a permanent career position


Stipend – NRC Research Associates receive a stipend while carrying out their proposed research. Stipends vary by sponsoring agency and location. Stipend information can be found in the Participating Agencies List.

Note that awards for applicants to NIST are made directly by NIST, and NRC Research Associates at NIST are hired for two-year term appointments.

Insurance – A group health-insurance program is required for NRC Research Associates and is optional for dependents.

  • Awardees not covered under a spouse’s plan are required to participate in the NRC Research Associateship Programs’ group health insurance plan.
  • The cost of this program is shared by the Associate and the sponsoring agency.
  • All exchange visitors and their dependent families are required by the U.S. Department of State to carry health insurance while they are in the United States. The NRC Research Associateship Programs’ group insurance satisfies this requirement. 

Relocation and Travel

  • A relocation reimbursement is determined for each awardee and is noted in the awardee’s award information page.
  • A travel allowance is also available for limited approved professional travel during tenure.

How to Apply- 

 Please note that the following deadlines for application submission are strictly enforced:

Online Application OpensApplication Deadline* (5 PM ET)
December 1February 1 
March 1May 1 
June 1August 1 
September 1November 1 

*If a deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the deadline is moved to the next business day. 

For Contact- 

Contact the Program Coordinator or Program Administrator responsible for your agency.
Associate Payroll and Health Insurance – Barbara Kneebone, Payroll Specialist
Associate Travel – Relocation, travel authorizations, conference registration
Research Advisers – New Research Adviser applications, new Research Opportunities, and Lab/Center Review form completion
Laboratory Program Representatives – Applicants, Research Opportunities, and Lab/Center Review Form completion

Last Date for Apply– Rolling

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