The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) sponsor Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs at a number of Naval R D centers and laboratories. The program is designed to significantly increase the involvement of creative and highly trained scientists and engineers from academia and industry to scientific and technical areas of interest and relevance to the Navy.
The Naval Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs provide approximately forty-five (45) new postdoctoral appointments per year. Fellows are competitively selected on the basis of their overall qualifications and technical proposals addressing specific areas defined by the host Navy laboratories. The selected participants will work in a unique Navy laboratory environment, while interacting with senior laboratory scientists and engineers.
Fellowship awards will be based upon the technical quality and relevance of the proposed research, recommendations by the Navy laboratories or centers, academic qualifications, reference reports, and availability of funds.
You will then need to contact the research facility at which you are interested in working in order to develop a suitable research proposal. Proposals developed closely with the proposed host facility stand the greatest chance of success in the selection process. The 5-10 page proposal should be prepared addressing a problem of mutual interest to the applicant and the Navy research facility. Since the proposal is a basic component of the application, it should be a concise, well-written statement of the proposed research.
The research proposal should present the goals of the proposed research endeavor and should set forth plans to achieve them. A clear objective of the research and the results that will be delivered will be an important criteria. Background material, such as previous studies done, and motivation for the proposed research should also be included. The approach planned should be stated in order to understand the direction of the research. A time frame for the research should be proposed and the importance and benefits to the Navy should be explained.
Official Transcripts are required for each level (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral) of education. Transcripts should be sent to ASEE projects office.
Competitive stipends are offered depending on the host laboratory. Current year one stipends are listed below and are based on location:
NRL-Monterey, CA $94,523
NRL-Stennis, MS $77,488
Awards are for one year, and are renewable for a second and third year, given satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
Job-related injury or death will be covered by insurance. A group health insurance program is available for participants (partially paid for by the fellowship) and optional for dependents (paid for by participant).
A travel and relocation allowance will be paid. The amount will be determined by negotiation based on the personal situation of each participant. Funds will be made available for limited professional travel, provided such travel is recommended and approved by the host laboratory and approved by ASEE. Relocation is only paid out after an offer has been made to participate in the program by ASEE.
A Postdoctoral Fellow does not incur any formal obligation to the government of the United States. However, the objectives of this program will be best served if the Fellow pursues research or teaching in disciplines meeting the continuing needs of naval technology. Fellows must devote their time to the approved research program and must be in-residence at the sponsoring laboratory during the entire period of the award. No additional monetary aid or other remuneration may be accepted from another appointment, fellowship, or similar grant during the period of the award.
Postdoctoral Fellows are encouraged to publish in open literature. Credit should be given to the Naval Research Laboratory for publications resulting from research conducted at Navy facilities.
Deadline: Applications are accepted and processed on an on-going basis.
To apply to the fellowship program, go here https://nrl.asee.org/apply
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.