Summer Faculty Research Program

The Summer Faculty Research Program provides science and engineering faculty members from institutions of higher education the opportunity to participate in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and peers at U.S. Navy laboratories for a 10-week period. The application process for the 2021 fiscal year begins Sept. 1, 2020.

Program participants have an opportunity to establish continuing research relationships with the R&D personnel of the host laboratories which may result in sponsorship of the participant’s research at their home institutions.

Levels of Appointment and Terms

There are three levels of appointment: summer faculty fellow, senior summer faculty fellow and distinguished summer faculty fellow. Levels of appointment will be determined by a committee of scientists and engineers. Decisions of the committee are final.

Stipends range from $1,400 to $1,900 per week for the summer program. Each fellow will be reimbursed for expenses incurred on an optional pre-program visit to the sponsoring laboratory and one round-trip encompassing travel to the sponsoring laboratory at the beginning of the program and travel back to their home residence at the end of the program. Relocation assistance is provided to qualifying participants. At the discretion of the Navy lab, fellows may be allowed to bring a student (undergraduate or graduate) to the lab to assist with the summer research. The students' stipends will be comparable to those in the NREIP Program.

Programs are residential and all work must be completed on site at the sponsoring U.S. Navy Laboratory.

Due Date

Applications for the 2021 ONR Summer Faculty Research Program will be accepted September 1, 2020 through December 14, 2020. Fellowship announcement will be made March 1, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who hold teaching or research appointments at U.S. colleges and universities. Some restrictions may apply to permanent residents regarding eligibility for a DoD security clearance. Security clearance and access requirements vary from laboratory to laboratory. Details can be obtained from the individual lab coordinators.

Faculty members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Institutions, American Indian Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI/TCU/HIS), as designated by the U.S. Department of Education, are especially encouraged to apply.


Housing availability varies and Navy host personnel may be able to assist participants in finding suitable housing.

For more information:

DoN HBCU/MI Program Director: Anthony C. Smith, Sr.

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