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Applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Have a Ph.D. for no more than five years from the application deadline or be expected to complete all the doctoral degree requirements by program start date.
  • Have U.S. citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status at the time of application.
  • Be available to start by January 30, 2019. Exceptions to this requirement may be considered for applicants with previous commitments. Contact ORISE for additional information.

Other important Information:

  • If you are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program and planning to complete the degree requirements by January 30, 2019, you must have the graduate dean, registrar, or other authorized university official provide a signed statement that all requirements for the doctorate degree are expected to be met by January 30, 2019. You may not begin until all degree obligations have been met.
  • If you are currently holding a postdoctoral position, you may select your current research mentor as long as you have not been in his/her lab for more than two years. However, if selected for an Award, you must rescind from all employment or affiliation commitments before the beginning of the Award.
  • You may not select your Ph.D. advisor as your research mentor for this program, even if he/she changes research institutions. Moreover, it is preferred that you do not stay at the same university where you received your doctorate. Exceptions may be considered when scientific reasons (e.g., new research mentor expertise or the availability of specialized equipment) make it necessary to remain at the same university.

The EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards are offered without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or disabled veteran.