The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) offers research opportunities for a research team from academic institutions that are small, historically underrepresented, not well-resourced, or from a satellite campus that does not have the resources of the main campus. Institutions that appear on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) list of highest research activity or higher research activity are not eligible. Additional information about eligibility is available on the DOE website.
Faculty from eligible institutions can apply to conduct research at Argonne National Laboratory or one of 14 other participating U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories as a way to increase faculty and student research competitiveness. The program is supported by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS).
Appointments are available in the summer for 10 weeks. Applications are solicited annually through the DOE website. Faculty applicants may invite up to two students (one of whom may be a graduate student) from their home academic institution to join them in this program; however, student participation is optional.
A typical experience starts with a brief division and laboratory orientation. During the course of the experience, faculty and student participants will pursue the research project that was proposed in the application with support from Argonne research staff. Opportunities are also available to connect with other Argonne and faculty researchers, and attend various Argonne-sponsored events. Research staff may also ask faculty to participate in professional scientific meetings. As part of the program, the faculty participant will be expected to complete a pre- and post-program survey, oral presentation, and 6–8 page research report.