The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship Program, which will place 50 recent Ph.D. recipients in designated active Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) participating companies. The program encourages creative and highly trained recipients of doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines to engage in hands-on research projects in their areas of expertise at the kind of small innovative businesses that historically have fueled the nation’s economic engine. Participants in this program who later choose an academic career will bring new applications-based curriculum perspectives and approaches to their field of study, as well as expanding the nation’s academic research horizons. By working in a laboratory where research and development are accomplished within a framework of expected business outcomes and business constraints, researchers will learn to work in multidisciplinary teams and to apply their academic expertise to the important work of product development and application in a globally competitive environment.
To be eligible, candidates must have been awarded, within three years to the date of the application, a Ph.D., Sc.D. or other earned doctoral degree in a STEM-related discipline supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition, the candidate must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or a permanent resident. Qualified women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Fellowship recipients will receive an annual stipend of $75,000 plus full health benefits for at least one year. Candidates may begin to apply January 10, 2011.