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 Requirements

  • Online DOE application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation

Internship Details

  • Application Period: October 16, 2019-January 10, 2020
  • Program Dates: June 1-August 7, 2020
  • Acceptance Date: March 2020
  • Salary: $1,300.00 per week for 40-hour work peek
  • Housing: Not provided or arranged by program.
  • Transportation: Not provided or arranged by program.


  • Entrance and  Exit surveys
  • Oral presentation
  • Research Project Report

Key Dates

Program Dates
June 1-August 7, 2020

Application Period
Oct. 16, 2019-Jan. 10, 2020

Acceptance Date
March 2020

Ready to apply?

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