Air Force Science and Technology Fellowship Program

Washington D.C.
Starting at $76,542, plus Health insurance, relocation benefits, and professional travel allowance
February 28 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Air Force Science & Technology Fellowship Program (AF STFP) offers nationally competitive fellowship awards to postdoctoral and senior scientists to perform collaborative research at U.S. Air Force research facilities across the country. Since 1966, the Air Force S&T Enterprise has hosted over 1,000 fellows under the NRC Research Associateship Programs and many of these researchers have gone on to successful careers in government laboratories. The AF STFP continues this tradition of providing high quality research opportunities with Air Force scientists and engineers at Air Force Research Laboratory, the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Awardees have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct independent research in an area compatible with the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Devote full-time effort to research and publication
  • Access the excellent and often unique facilities of the federal research enterprise
  • Collaborate with leading scientists and engineers at the sponsoring laboratories

Benefits of an AF STFP award include:

  • Base stipend starting at $76,542, which is increased based on years of experience past the doctoral degree
  • Disciplinary supplement (if applicable)
  • Health insurance, relocation benefits, and a $4,000 professional travel allowance 


Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must have earned a Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M., or academically equivalent research doctorate before beginning tenure.


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Fellowships Office has conducted postdoctoral fellowship programs in cooperation with sponsoring federal laboratories and other research organizations since 1954. Through national competitions, the Fellowships Office recommends and makes awards to outstanding postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers for tenure as guest researchers at participating laboratories.

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