Argonne National Laboratory

Visiting Faculty Program
“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” —Albert Einstein


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.

Financial Information

During the appointment period, faculty participants receive a 10-week stipend of $13,000. Transportation mileage costs will be provided for one round trip for participants who travel farther than 50 miles one way. On-site and off-site housing is available. Up to $2000 can be reimbursed for housing expenses. 


Online Application Opens October 18, 2017
Applications Due January 12, 2018, 5:00 PM ET
Offer Notification Period Begins January 26, 2018
All DOE Offers and Notifications Complete April 6, 2018
Summer Appointment  Late May 2018 - Late July 2018


Application Requirements

  • Currently employed as a full-time faculty member at an accredited U.S. postsecondary institution that is historically underrepresented in the U.S. research community
  • Full-time faculty member in physics, chemistry, non-medical biology, mathematics, engineering, environmental sciences, materials science, or computer/computational sciences
  • U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident at the time of applying
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • A research proposal with Argonne research staff

Applications will reopen for Summer 2018 in mid-October 2017.