NAS Research Associateship Programs


The National Research Council has conducted the Research Associateship Programs in cooperation with sponsoring federal laboratories and other research organizations approved for participation since 1954.  Through a national competition, the NRC recommends and makes Research Associateship awards to outstanding scientists and engineers, at the postdoctoral and senior levels, for tenure as guest researchers at the participating laboratories

Awards are available for Postdoctoral Associates (within 5 years of the doctorate) and Senior Associates (normally 5 years or more beyond the doctorate).  Associates conduct research in residence at the participating host laboratory they have chosen.

Funding Source

National Academy of Sciences

How to Apply

Apply online

Note: Before applying, prospective applicants must identify a host federal laboratory where they plan to conduct their research AND have a Research Opportunity number or numbers for the laboratory to which they are applying. (Getting Started)


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