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HERE at ORNL - Faculty

Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (HERE at ORNL) provides research opportunities and associated activities for teaching and non-teaching faculty. The program is designed to complement academic programs by utilizing the unique resources of ORNL to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy, while at the same time contributing to the Laboratory mission.


  • Appointments may be for 10 weeks in summer, 6 to 12 months sabbatical, or by academic semester; limited extensions may be available.
  • Applications are accepted on a year-round basis; refer to suggested deadlines for appointment periods.
  • Full-time or part-time appointments may be offered.
  • Selected participants engage in research or technical projects related to DOE’s ongoing research and development programs under the guidance of Laboratory staff scientists or engineers.


  • A monthly stipend based on the participant’s certified academic salary; part-time appointments will be pro-rated - verification required
  • Limited travel reimbursement


  • Be a member of the full-time teaching or non-teaching faculty at an accredited U.S. institution in a STEM field or related discipline
  • Hold an advanced degree - verification required
  • Be 18 years or older prior to the start of appointment
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident at the time of application - verification required
  • Have medical insurance during appointment - verification required


  • Complete program requirements, and avoid activities that could present a conflict.
  • Attend enrichment activities, including professional development workshops, lab tours, lectures, seminars, and poster presentations. Please note that these activities are optional and dependent upon mentor approval.
  • Behave in a responsible and professional manner.
  • Complete pre- and post-appointment surveys.
HERE at ORNL Term Spring Summer Fall
Suggested Deadline* October 1 February 1 June 1

*Application system is always open and selections are made year-round. Follow the suggested deadline dates for greater chance of selection.

Next Steps

If you are ready, you can apply to the HERE at ORNL for Faculty now.

Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) at ORNL

ORNL Faculty Researcher Pasquale Fulvio

Pasquale Fulvio

Chemistry, Faculty
University of Puerto Rico

“I researched porous carbons, materials used in several modern technologies like air and water purification systems and electrochemical energy storage in super capacitors and batteries. My goal was to prepare carbon materials with mesopores approaching two nanometers, so small they cannot be seen with a light microscope. Decreasing pore size from tens of nanometers to two or less provides extra surface area that can lead to improved devices, including energy storage and greenhouse gas separation and scrubbing devices.”


“I hardly ever found any of the group members sitting at their desks, as our research was usually that exciting. It was great to interact with so many different group members and learn a little more each day from the interaction.”


“Colleagues from ORNL have always been extremely supportive of my faculty career. There is so much exciting research going on at the lab, so many leading scientists in their fields and unique infrastructure. I would certainly recommend this experience to faculty looking for a summer program or to spend part of their sabbatical year.”


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