Gulf Research Program (Early-Career Research Fellowship)

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is contented to offer Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship. Assistant Professor of any college, university, or research institution can apply for the given fellowship. The fellowship help recognize professionals at the critical pretenure phase of their careers for exceptional leadership, past performance, and potential for future contributions. Grant of $76,000 will be given to the selected fellows.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine serve as the scientific national academy for the United States. The Program mainly works to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S.


  • Applicants must hold an Assistant Professor Position (or equivalent) at a college, university, or research institution.
  • Applicants will not receive tenure before September 1, 2016.
  • Areas of research may include social and behavioral sciences, health and medicine, engineering, earth and life sciences, or relevant interdisciplinary fields.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action status under the Department of Homeland Security Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.
  • Applicants must be affiliated with a U.S. institution that has a valid tax ID number.
  • Applicants must identify a senior-level faculty member

How to Apply:

Applicants who are interested in fellowship, can log in through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

  • Personal Statements that address the following:
  • Explain why the work you do matters (100 words)
  • Describe how your research is relevant to the mission and goals of the Gulf Research Program (250 words)
  1. Describe how this fellowship will help you achieve your professional goals (250 words)
  2. Describe what leadership means to you (250 words)
  3. Describe how you can benefit from mentoring (250 words)
  • Resume or CV (up to 5 pages)
  • Research Plan (up to 5 pages including figures, tables, and references).
  • The GRP Early-Career Research Fellowship funds people, not projects. Therefore, your research plan should include information about your current research portfolio as a whole, not a specific project.
  • Your research plan must include the following:
  1. A description of your research and why it is important
  2. The research goals you hope to accomplish before achieving tenure
  3. What you anticipate using fellowship funds for if you are selected as a fellow
  • Three Letters of Recommendation. Your mentor may not submit one of these letters
  • Statement from your selected mentor. Your selected mentor should be a senior-level, tenured faculty member at your college, university, or research institution.
  • You should choose a mentor who is willing to meet on a regular basis (at least twice a month) to provide guidance and advice on professional and career issues such as promotion and tenure, teaching, committee service, leadership development, and lab and research management. Your mentor will be asked to address:
  1. How you as the applicant can benefit from mentoring (500 words)
  2. His/her goals for the mentor/mentee relationship (500 words)

 Award Amount:

  • Fellows will receive an award of $76,000 paid to their institution in the form of a two-year grant. Because of this, it is important for potential Fellows to ensure compliance with all of their affiliated institution’s requirements for applications for external funding.
  • Fellowship grant funds cannot be used on institutional overhead or indirect charges. $75,000 will be used by the fellow for research-related expenses, including equipment purchases, professional travel, professional development courses (e.g., grant writing), trainee support, summer salary, or any other costs directly related to the fellow’s research.
  • Use of fellowship funds for other expenses will require pre-approval from the Gulf Research Program. If a Fellow moves to a different institution during the Fellowship, transfer of the remaining Fellowship funds to the Fellow’s new institution will be approved only under extraordinary circumstances.
  • The remaining $1,000 will serve as an honorarium for the senior-level faculty mentor. At the beginning of the fellowship year, all fellows will attend an orientation. Travel expenses for this event will be covered by the Gulf Research Program and are in addition to the $76,000 fellowship award.

Application Deadline:

February 17, 2016 is the last date for submit the complete application packet.

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