Students who are pursuing recognized degrees at accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States, who are U.S. citizens, and who are willing to commit to the Consortium Research Fellows Program (CRFP) for a minimum of one year may apply for open positions, which, when available, will be listed at the bottom of this page.
To apply, click on a position of interest below and carefully read the description. Then click on "Apply to this position" at the top of the description page and follow the directions. We will respond to your application within two weeks. Applicants of interest may be asked for additional documentation, such as transcripts, writing samples, or letters of recommendation and will be interviewed by the Director of the CRFP. The Director will arrange interviews between well-qualified candidates and government researchers. We will keep your application on file for a minimum of one year, and if positions for which you are qualified become available in the future, we will contact you. Please submit only one application. If you wish to check on the status of your application or let us know that you are particularly interested in a newly posted opportunity, please contact us.
If you do not see a current position that is of interest to you, we will accept your application and keep it on file for possible future openings. However, before submitting your application, explore this site to determine that you are within commuting distance of a placement location and are pursuing a degree in a discipline that is of interest to the nearby agency. Submit your application for possible future consideration by clicking on "Consider me for future opportunities" at the bottom of this page.
The Consortium Research Fellows Program participates in E-Verify, which requires us to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
Why Should You Work for the CRFP?
Because you'll have a great experience that will help you use what you are learning in school to build a successful career! Here are comments from recent Consortium Research Fellows and Research Assistants:
My goal is to earn a Ph.D. and continue working for the government as a research psychologist. During my time as a Fellow at ARI, I have been able to conduct a number of applied studies in my areas of interest. My mentors were top-notch senior researchers who not only taught me a great deal about how to conduct research, but also encouraged me to continue on with my Ph.D. work. Without the CRFP, I may have never realized my potential. William B., Old Dominion University
I cannot say enough great things about my experience as a Fellow at AFRL. I would recommend this fellowship to any student that I thought worthy. During my tenure, I was able to gain knowledge and experience by preparing and presenting papers, writing proposals, traveling to conferences, and much more. I have never been more impressed with a program that cares so much for their students and wants to help them on their paths to success. Hilary G., Wright State University
I simply want to say that my CRFP placement at DMDC, was my first "real" job, and has been an absolutely wonderful experience. I will take many memories, lessons learned, and, I think, a better sense of self from here. I'll keep you all in my thoughts while I travel and for years to come. I'm truly very grateful to all of you for being my mentors, companions, and friends. Natalie H., California State University at Monterey Bay
As I approach graduation, I have anxieties about facing the job market, but at the same time, I feel confident and eager to test myself in the "real world." I think this confidence and genuine excitement to put myself out there is thanks to my work at NDU as a Consortium Research Assistant. There is something in each of my mentors and colleagues at the IRM College that I look to as examples of success and wisdom. I am glad and proud to have had this opportunity and to know it has prepared me well for what’s ahead. Amanda B., American University
And because you’ll work with a DoD Mentor who is an expert in your discipline and who will encourage and foster your professional development. What is a Mentor?
A Mentor is someone who acts as a wise and faithful guide, advisor, and monitor. Mentoring is a one-to-one professional relationship between people with different levels of experience and expertise. The Mentor helps the less experienced person learn skills, attitudes, and values required to be successful in the workplace by:
making time for regular meetings during which assignments are given and progress is reviewed
assisting in identifying expectations and establishing goals and objectives
assigning work experiences that are progressive in nature
helping find the appropriate approach to technical problems
providing feedback or developmental activities
sharing expertise and knowledge of organizational and governmental processes
offering introductions to colleagues and associates
coaching and offering opportunities leading to the breadth of experience required to obtain professional status
providing guidance on matters of professional conduct and ethics
Click on the links below to learn about current opportunities. Consortium Research Fellows and Research Assistants generally work 20 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer, for a maximum of 1300 hours annually. This is somewhat flexible, but candidates who can commit to approximately 1300 hours per year are more likely to be selected. We encourage all Post-Doctoral candidates to submit their applications via the “Consider me for future opportunities” link below even if there are no current available Post-Doctoral Fellowships positions.