Visiting Faculty Program Expanded to Include Historically Underrepresented Groups

Published: 26 October 2022

Department of EnergyCollaborating with national laboratory researchers

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) initiative, the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is expanding the Visiting Faculty Program (VFP). It will offer a new pathway for faculty and their students from underrepresented higher education institutions to benefit from the unique research capabilities and opportunities at the national laboratories.

VFP will offer both its traditional program focused on research experiences as well as a new initiative focused on teaching/curriculum.

The application deadline for the VFP summer 2023 term is January 10, 2023, at 5 p.m. Eastern time. Click to apply.

With the addition of this new track, VFP will now seek to enhance both the research competitiveness and STEM teaching capacities for faculty members at institutions historically underrepresented in the STEM research enterprise to expand the workforce vital to DOE mission areas.

VFP strongly supports faculty members from minority-serving institutions (MSIs), including historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Typically, about 50% of the participants in VFP are from MSIs.

Selected college and university faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory scientific research staff on research projects of mutual interest.

Two application assistance workshops were held for all faculty interested in applying to either VFP track. Watch the workshop video.

More information on VFP is available on the program’s website.

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.