RTI University Scholars Program

Supporting distinguished academic researchers


RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.

Since 2014, the RTI University Scholars Program has provided partial support for 29 distinguished academic researchers to spend scholarly leave time at RTI, actively collaborating with our experts. This year, the program is open to faculty from Duke University and the University of North Carolina's 16 university campuses. The ideal Scholar is a tenured or research-track faculty member at the Associate Professor level or higher with a commitment to collaboration and a strong research record in a field that aligns with RTI's practice areas and services and capabilities.

Key Dates for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle

16 October 2019 Call for Applications Released
9 January 2020 Expression of Interest Submission Deadline
24 February 2020 Notification to Applicants
30 March 2020 Full Proposal Submission Deadline
24 April 2020 Notification to Applicants

Expression of Interest

Faculty seeking to apply must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) as a PDF document via this portal (see below) on or before 5.00 p.m. ET on 9 January 2020.

The EOI must consist of the following elements:

A two-page description outlining the proposed collaborative research project, including

  • The proposed project's title
  • The name and title of RTI Collaborator(s)
  • The proposed duration of the residency
  • The proposed project's relevance to RTI's practice area(s) and/or services and capabilities, purpose, objectives, activities, deliverables, and expected results
  • Specific sources of external funding that will be targeted for future proposals

A letter of support from the applicant's department chair

The applicant's CV (no limit on length)

There is not a budget requirement for the EOI. Applicants will be notified by 24 February 2020 whether they are invited to submit a full proposal.

Expression of Interest Form

Please contact Amy Vargas-Tonsi if you have any questions.

Faculty First Name
Faculty Last Name
Email Address
University Affiliation
Other Affiliation(s)
RTI Collaborator(s) name(s) (If more than 1, please separate by comma)
RTI Collaborator(s) email address(es) (If more than 1, please separate by comma)
Expression of Interest PDF

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