Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply to the NIST-ARRA Fellowship Program?

No, citizenship is not a requirement.

Do I have to write a formal proposal to apply for a NIST-ARRA fellowship?

No. In lieu of a proposal, we are seeking a statement of research interests. The research interests statement is quite informal, and will not be peer-reviewed. In most cases, it may take the form of a 1-2 page letter, in which an applicant describes past research experience and future research interests. However, the statement must include the name of the researcher or researchers at NIST with whom the applicant is interested in working. More complex or developed research proposals are welcomed, but not required.

Do I need to supply letters of reference to apply for a NIST-ARRA fellowship?

No. While letters of reference are welcomed, we are only requiring the contact information for at least three references (one of whom may be your proposed NIST collaborator).

Who will review my application?

Applications will be pre-screened by NIST-ARRA grant coordinators and PIs. Complete screened applications will be submitted to NIST scientists referenced in the applicant's statement of research interests. Applications approved by their respective proposed NIST collaborators will then be submitted to a final review by members of the University of Maryland NIST-ARRA Advisory Board.

Are you currently accepting applications? Is there a deadline for applications?


Are M.S.-seeking students eligible for Graduate Fellowships?


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