Consortium Research Fellows Program
About the CRFP
The CRFP is a leading fellowship program that recruits, employs, funds, and mentors student and post-doctoral researchers. Through the CRFP, graduate and undergraduate students and post-doctoral Fellows are matched with government agencies that provide applied research experience in support of the U.S. Department of Defense. With the supervision of mentors and specialists, research Fellows develop research, analytical, and technical writing skills by assisting experts while maintaining classes and pursuing a degree. Research fellowships give students and post-doctoral researchers 1-3 years of experience in applied research settings, making their fellowship as beneficial for their future career as it is for their education.
The Consortium Research Fellows Program (CRFP) began in 1981 as a partnership between the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The goal of this partnership was to provide some of the nation’s best and brightest graduate students in the behavioral and social sciences an opportunity to work in a Federal research setting. In the 40 years since its inception, the CRFP has expanded in both its size and its mission.
The CRFP Today
The current goals of the CRFP are to provide educationally relevant, well-paid, professional experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral Fellows. The CRFP also strives to extend research opportunities for faculty by offering high-quality technical and analytical support to sponsoring agencies. By accomplishing these goals, the CRFP prepares the next generation of scientists to explore new research horizons and pursue careers with the U.S. Department of Defense.