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Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Program (VFP)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory participates in the Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Program (VFP). The program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE National Laboratories. The program seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to DOE’s mission.


  • Applications are solicited annually for 10-week summer appointments.
  • Selected faculty engage in research projects related to DOE’s ongoing research and development programs under the guidance of Laboratory staff scientists or engineers.


  • $13,000 stipend for 10-week period
  • $2,000 housing allowance for 10-week period and limited travel reimbursement, if permanent address is at least 50 miles from host Laboratory.


  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident at the time of application.
  • 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 Research Universities (RU/VH) - very high research activity , or Research Universities (RU/H) - high research activity as determined in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education™ less any institution also listed as an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) ; i.e. full-time faculty members at any HBCU are eligible.
  • Be a full-time faculty member in an area of physics, chemistry, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, environmental sciences, materials sciences, or computer or computational sciences.


  • At the time of application, faculty applicants must submit a research project proposal that is co-developed with the research staff located at the host Laboratory.
  • Complete pre- and post-appointment surveys.
  • Complete the full 10-week program.
  • Submit a 6-8 page project report on the outcome of DOE-VFP-related project activities
VFP Term Summer 2018
On-line application opens Oct. 16, 2017
Deadline to submit application Jan. 12, 2018, at
5:00 p.m. ET
Offer notification period begins on or around Jan. 26, 2018
All DOE offers and notifications complete Apr. 6, 2018

Visiting Faculty Program Life Cycle

The Beginning of Your Appointment

  • Pre-Survey
  • Arrival
  • Orientation
  • Mentor Meet-up

During Your Appointment

  • Your Research Project
  • Weekly Seminars
  • Brown Bag Opportunities
  • Tours
  • Extracurricular Activities

The End of Your Appointment

  • Poster Presentation
  • Project Report
  • Post-Survey
  • Last Day

Next Steps:

Review our Tips for Applying to the DOE Visiting Faculty Program.

If you are ready, you can Apply for the DOE Visiting Faculty Program now.

DOE Visiting Faculty Program (VFP)

ORNL Faculty Researcher Dmitry Uskov

Dmitry U.

Physics & Quantum Computing, Faculty
Bescia University
Research Focus:

“I conducted research alongside my mentor, Pavel Lougovski to help build a photonic quantum computer, which, unlike the common digital computer, uses quantum objects like photons, atoms, ions, and molecules to perform digital processing tasks. Fully functional quantum computers have long been considered by scientists as a quicker, more powerful alternative to classical computers.”

Experience Gained:

“The VFP program provided me, originally an atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) theoretical physicist, the unique opportunity to advance in an area of quantum computing, which I’ve studied since 2002. One day, my collaborators and I just might succeed in building a fully operational quantum computer, an accomplishment that would revolutionize scientist’s ability to understand the world we live in.”

Thoughts on the Program:

“I very much liked that there were practically no distractions from doing research during my stay at ORNL. The amount of time spent writing reports was very reasonable. The experience was great and provided a nice opportunity for collaboration. I would recommend it to others.”

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