Eligibility

Visiting Faculty Program Eligibility

Eligibility for the VFP requires that:

Faculty Applicants:

  • Must be a United States Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident at the time of applying.

    Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status will be requested at the time an appointment offer is accepted. Acceptable form of proof of U.S. Citizenship includes, but is not limited to, a Certified Birth Certificate, an U.S. State Government Issued Enhanced Driver’s License, U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport Card, Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, Consular Report of Birth (of U.S. citizen) Abroad, or Certification of Birth. Lawful Permanent Residents must have a current United States Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551).
  • Must be a full-time faculty member at an accredited U.S. degree granting, postsecondary, institution of higher education historically underrepresented in the U.S. research community. To be eligible, the applicant cannot be a faculty member at a Doctoral-Granting University assessed as being either Doctoral/Research Universities Highest Research - highest research activity.pdf file (117KB), or Doctoral/Research Universities Higher Research - higher research activity.pdf file (116KB) as reported in the 2015 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher EducationExternal linkless any institution also listed as an Historically Black College or University (HBCU)External link; i.e. full-time faculty members at any HBCU are eligible to apply. Beginning with the 2017 Summer Term, VFP-Faculty eligibility is based on the 2015 classification released on Feb. 1, 2016.

  • Must be a full-time faculty member in an area of physics, chemistry, biology (non-medical), engineering, environmental sciences, geology or geosciences, mathematics, materials sciences, or computer or computational sciences. Community college Faculty are eligible to apply. A full-time faculty employee is defined as one who is considered to be a faculty member by his or her employing institution, is not characterized as having “adjunct” or “visiting” status, and who meets the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) definition of a full-time employee during the academic year in which application to the Visiting Faculty Program is made. The IRS defines a full-time employee as one who during a calendar month is employed on average for at least 30 hours of paid service per week or 130 hours of paid service per month.

Undergraduate Student Applicants:

  • Must be invited to participate by the applying faculty member.
  • Must be 18 years or older at the time the appointment begins.
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in an area of science, mathematics, engineering, or technology at the same university/college as the applying faculty member, and also have completed at least one year as a matriculating undergraduate student at the time of applying (additional undergraduate credits obtained prior to enrollment cannot be applied to meet the minimum one-year completion requirement). Applicants who will complete their undergraduate degree prior to starting their internship may apply as a "Graduating Senior", if (1) the applicant has not yet started a program of graduate study and will not matriculate as a graduate student prior to completing the VFP term, and (2) the time period between receipt of an undergraduate degree and starting the VFP term is less than one year.
  • Must have an undergraduate cumulative minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all completed courses as a matriculating student.
  • Must be a United States Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident at the time of applying.

    Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status will be requested at the time an appointment offer is accepted. Acceptable form of proof of U.S. Citizenship includes, but is not limited to, a Certified Birth Certificate, an U.S. State Government Issued Enhanced Driver’s License, U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport Card, Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, Consular Report of Birth (of U.S. citizen) Abroad, or Certification of Birth. Lawful Permanent Residents must have a current United States Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551).
  • Must have earned a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) equivalent at the time of applying.

    Proof of an earned High School diploma or for passing all five GED tests required to achieve a Certificate of General Educational Development should be provided on the applicant’s undergraduate transcripts.

  • Are subject to final approval by the DOE laboratory research advisor.

Graduate Student Applicants:

  • Must be invited to participate by the applying faculty member.
  • Must be 18 years or older at the time the appointment begins.
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full time graduate student in qualified Masters or Ph.D. program in an area of science, mathematics, engineering, or technology at the same university/college as the applying faculty member.
  • Must have completed at least one semester as a matriculating graduate student.
  • Must have a graduate cumulative minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all completed courses as a matriculating graduate student.
  • Must be a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien at the time of applying.

    Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Alien status will be requested at the time an appointment offer is accepted. Acceptable form of proof of U.S. Citizenship includes, but is not limited to, a Certified Birth Certificate, an U.S. State Government Issued Enhanced Drivers License, U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport Card, Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, Consular Report of Birth (of U.S. citizen) Abroad, or Certification of Birth. Permanent Resident Aliens must hold an active United States Permanent Resident Card.
  • Must be supported by their academic institution for living expenses during the Summer Term. DOE will only provide housing and travel support.
  • Are subject to final approval by the DOE laboratory research advisor.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • Faculty applicants can apply to the VFP program a maximum of four times.
  • Faculty applicants are limited to participation in VFP program to no more than three terms. This includes past participation in the FaST program.
  • Undergraduate students can apply to the SULI and VFP programs a maximum of three times.
  • Undergraduate applicants are limited to participation in the SULI and VFP programs to no more than two internships.
  • Graduate students may participate in two VFP internships.
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