Visiting Faculty Program (VFP)

Program Description

VFP provides 10-week summer hands-on research experiences at Fermilab for faculty and student teams from community colleges and four-year institutions historically underrepresented in the research community. Faculty applicants must submit a research project proposal co-developed with Fermilab staff.

This program, sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Science, aims to provide faculty with a competitive edge when applying for federal research funding.

Further program information


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application
  • Full-time faculty member at an accredited U.S. college or university historically underrepresented in the U.S. research community
  • Full-time faculty member in one of the following disciplines: physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, materials sciences, computational sciences, or environmental science

Application Procedure

  • Online DOE application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation (Due date is application close date).
  • A research project proposal that is co-developed with FNAL staff

Internship Details

  • 2024 Summer Application Period: October 17, 2023 – January 9, 2024 at 5pm ET
  • 2024 Summer Acceptance Date: April 8, 2024
  • 2024 Summer Program Date: June 3, 2024 – August 9, 2024
  • VFP Faculty Salary: $1,600 per week for 40-hour work week
  • VFP Student Salary: $650 per week for 40-hour work week
  • Housing: Housing arranged and housing allowance will be provided to VFP-Student.
  • Transportation: Paid round-trip airfare, or mileage reimbursement if permanent address is more than 50 miles from host laboratory. Travel by a private automobile will be reimbursed at the current government rate up to a maximum of $500.00 or the cost of the lowest commercial airfare, whichever is lower.


  • Entrance and  Exit surveys (Required for both students & faculty)
  • Oral presentation (Required for students; faculty strongly encouraged)
  • Research Project Report (Required for both students & faculty)
  • General Audience Abstract (Required for students)
  • Peer Review (Required for students)

Key Dates

Program Dates
June 3, 2024 – August 9, 2024

Application is Open

Fill out the online application, and be prepared to present any other application requirements.