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Faculty Opportunities at ORNL

Are you ready to strengthen your scientific and technical expertise in the field while collaborating with world-renowned researchers? These programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provide hands-on research opportunities for faculty from U.S. colleges and universities.

All programs on this page are limited to current, full-time teaching faculty at an institution of higher education in the U.S., unless otherwise noted. Application deadlines vary by program. Click on the Program name to learn more about each.

Program Eligibility Funding Duration Commitment
DOE Visiting Faculty Program (VFP)
  • Full-time Faculty
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
  • Limited to select institutions
Fixed Stipend 10-week, Summer Full-time
HBCU/MEI Faculty Summer Research Program
  • Full-time Faculty
  • No citizenship requirement
  • Limited to select institutions
Matches home institution salary 10-week, Summer Full-time
Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) - Faculty
  • Full-time Faculty
  • Non-teaching faculty accepted
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
Matches home institution salary Year-round, Summer Semester or Sabbatical participation Full-time or part-time
ORNL Faculty Researcher Joseph T.

Joseph T.

Mechanical Engineering
Research Focus:

“Fusion energy has the potential to provide for our country’s ever increasing electricity demand without many of the harmful side effects like global warming, long-term radioactive waste, nuclear proliferation concerns, etc. ORNL is at the forefront of a world-wide effort to one day generate electricity from fusion, and I’m excited to be contributing my small part to such a worthwhile goal.”

Experience Gained:

“I was completely unfamiliar with the ITER fusion experiment before my participation in this program. The scope of this project is truly amazing when you consider the confluence of culture, politics, economics, science and engineering.”

Thoughts on the Program:

“The HERE program at ORNL has given me invaluable engineering experience in a professional setting.  I’m able to bring my experiences back to the classroom.  As a result, my students see and experience new ways in which their education can apply to real-world problems.”