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

The RTI University Scholars Program provides support — half of each scholar's salary and fringe — for distinguished academic researchers to spend scholarly leave time at RTI, actively collaborating with our experts.

The program's goal is to foster collaboration and catalyze opportunities for externally funded, joint projects in the future.

General Qualifications

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 is compatible with RTI.

2019-2020 Eligibility and Priority Areas

For the 2019-2020 Academic Year, the program is open to faculty from Duke University and the University of North Carolina's sixteen university campuses. Priority areas are as follows:

  • Data science
  • Education and workforce development
  • Environment and resource management
  • Food, nutrition, and agriculture
  • Global health

Working Environment

RTI provides a stimulating environment for individual and collaborative research. Scholars are expected to serve most of their residency at our headquarters in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park, but may serve a portion of their time in any of our U.S. regional or international offices.

Successful applicants will be provided with workspace, a RTI email address, and access to IT support, conference rooms, and a reference library.

Selection Criteria

An interdisciplinary panel of RTI researchers and administrators will review submissions. Major considerations in the evaluation process include the likelihood that the period of residence will result in collaborative work of significance and alignment with RTI's research, mission, and priorities.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to submit the online application that includes the following information by January 10, 2019:

  • Brief cover letter
  • Proposal
    • Describing the proposed collaborative research project (maximum 1,000 words)
    • Identifying the name and title of RTI host researcher(s)
    • Clearly stating the proposed duration of the residency.
  • Full curriculum vitae (no limit on length)
  • Proposed budget that explicitly delineates the approximate amount of support requested from RTI (salary, fringe, and any other costs, such as travel, if applicable)
  • Letter of support from RTI host researcher(s)
    • Describing the nature of the relationship (existing or new)
    • Identifying the domain area and field contributions
    • Highlighting the potential for scientific stature
  • Letter of support from applicant's department chair.

Applications should not exceed 8 pages, excluding the applicant's curriculum vitae. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applicants should read and familiarize themselves with the detailed instructions before submitting an application:

Detailed application instructions

Applicants who are not selected for a given year may reapply in a subsequent year, and Scholars may apply for subsequent residencies.

More Information

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Amy Vargas-Tonsi in the University Collaboration Office.

Amy Vargas-Tonsi, MIS
Program Manager

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