Neutrino Physics Center Fellowship Program

This webpage will be updated with the details of the 2020 fellowships as soon as they come available.

The NPC’s fellowship program is envisioned to bring the international neutrino community to Fermilab to engage with the neutrino community at Fermilab, for short to medium term visits.  This includes both experimentalists, working on Fermilab experiments, and neutrino theorists.

Fermilab is home to a number of neutrino experiments studying short and long baseline oscillations, neutrino interactions, and neutrino detector R&D, and a vibrant theory community.

Fermilab hosts numerous workshops and seminar speakers throughout the year, providing a vibrant atmosphere for collaboration.  This is in combination with running experiments onsite provides a stimulating environment for those in residence.  

For experimentalists, the NPC’s fellowship awards will be made for work on hardware or software work, working with the neutrino community at Fermilab. For theorists, the awards will be made for neutrino theory or phenomenology related to the Fermilab neutrino program, interpreted in the broadest possible sense. Fellows who have a specific goal in mind for the duration of their stay will be given priority in funding. Applications are judged on the scientific merit of the proposed activity and on the cost-effectiveness of the proposal.



The proposals must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Duration: 2 weeks to 6 months stay at the lab.
  • The funds awarded by the fellowship must be used within 1 year of the date of the award letter.
  • Awards may include travel to the lab and local expenses while resident.  A financial plan describing the funding request must be included in the application.
  • Award money can only be used while in residence at Fermilab or in travel to the lab, and can not be used for other travel. The award may not be used to fund travel away from Fermilab (e.g., to visit another facility or attend a conference) or support while not residence at Fermilab.
  • Masters students, PhD students, Post Doctoral Fellows and Senior Researchers are all eligible for the Fellowships. All of the above must apply directly except Graduate Students who can apply directly or in conjunction with their thesis advisors.
  • Students and Post Doctoral Fellows should indicate the dates of current and expected terms of their employment or PhD.
  • At the end of the award period all candidates must be employed by a U.S. or non-U.S. institution, EXCEPT for students and emeritus scientists.
  • Fermilab employees are not eligible to apply for these Fellowships.
  • A proposal must be written and submitted by the intended awardee.
  • Guidance for putting together a budget justification can be found at a link here. Please follow this guidance in putting together your application. 

The following documents are needed to submit a proposal:

    • Research Proposal   (suggested length:  3 pages)
      • This should provide a brief summary of the proposed research project. 
      • Proposals should include a specific scope of work to be completed during the fellowship, including goals and milestones.  
      • We strongly recommend that a Fermilab-based contact be identified in the proposal.
    • Curriculum Vitae  (suggested length:  2 pages)
      • This should be a 2-page summary of your resume.  For example you do not need to include a full publication list,  but something like a “top 10 papers in terms of your contributions” would be appropriate.
    • Reference Letters
      • You must provide up to three reference letters.
      • For graduate students and postdoc applicants, a letter from your advisor or mentor is strongly recommended.
    • Budget Justification
      • A budget justification for the funding being requested which must following the guidance here. Please also include a description of what funding is already being provided by your home institution.  We strongly recommend you include a table following our recommended format PDF, excel, google sheets.  

Another fellowship opportunity that is open to Postdoctoral Fellows and Senior Researchers, but one that has different requirements and application periods, can be found at the Intensity Frontier Fellowship web page.


For further information please contact Louise Suter