U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) HBCU/MSI/TCU Post-Doctoral Program

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) HBCU/MSI/TCU Post-Doctoral Program

Conduct state-of-the-art scientific research with one of the Nation's leading multidisciplinary science and technology programs.

Work alongside world-renowned scientists and engineers in Washington, D.C. to strengthen America's naval defense. Your research will focus on the advancement of science and technology for applications relevant to the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Navy (DoN) and NRL mission specific areas. This two-year appointment, beginning in August 2020, provides an annual stipend, relocation costs, health benefits and a specified research project with clear objectives and goals.

Administered by The Washington Center and led by the NRL, this immersive program will further develop your skill set for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Many research projects have the potential to make a significant impact in the scientific and global community.


This is a highly selective program. To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. Citizens Only. Dual citizens (those holding citizenship with more than one country) are not eligible for the program.
  • Recent graduate (within 2 years) of a Ph.D. program at a Historically Black College or University, Minority Serving Institution or Tribal College or University.
  • Advanced degree within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
  • Maintain a 3.0+ cumulative GPA.
  • Be fluent in English (spoken and written).

Program Components

During this two-year post-doctoral program, you will conduct research with specific target goals and objectives. Research projects span the full spectrum of STEM disciplines, allowing you to enhance your professional skills. To learn more about available research opportunities, please contact us at nrl@twc.edu.

Program Cost

This is a fully funded post-doctoral program, sponsored by the Naval Research Laboratory. Sponsorship includes an annual salary of $77,000, along with select benefit packages and relocation costs up to $6,000.

Housing and Living

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory does not provide housing while participating in this program. Suggestions for affordable housing within close proximity of the NRL can be provided upon request.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Submission Period: October 1 – November 29, 2019
  • Program Begins: August 2020
  • Program Ends: Summer 2022 

How to Apply

Start and submit the online application by clicking the button below. Throughout the process, you can save your application and return to it at a later time. You must include the application documents listed in the section below to complete the application process. Please note: the NRL Post-doctoral program uses the same application system as TWC's NRL Internship Program.

Apply Now

If you're not quite ready to apply but would like to learn more about this program, please contact nrl@twc.edu.

Application Documents

You'll need to submit the following documents along with your application:

  • One-page Resumé
  • Unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary institutions*
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: preferably from recommenders who are familiar with your research or academic work
  • One-page Writing Sample: Describe your interest in laboratory research and the NRL Post-Doctoral program. Discuss what specific NRL research topics interests you, how the program will help you achieve your career goals, the skills you hope to gain, and ways you can contribute to NRL research.

* Please note that official transcripts will be required if a candidate becomes a finalist. Finalists will also be asked to complete an interview.