Since 2014, the RTI University Scholars Program has provided partial support for distinguished academic researchers to spend scholarly leave time at RTI, actively collaborating with RTI experts. The ideal Scholar is a tenured or research-track faculty member at the Associate Professor level or higher with a commitment to collaboration and a strong research record in a field that aligns with RTI's practice areas and services and capabilities.

The program’s goal is to foster collaboration and catalyze opportunities for externally funded, joint projects in the future.

For the 2020-2021 Academic Year cycle, the RTI University Scholars Program is open to faculty from Duke University and the University of North Carolina's 16 university campuses. Please refer to the Call for Applications for detailed information regarding the application process.

RTI provides a stimulating environment for individual and collaborative research. Scholars are expected to serve most of their residency at their headquarters in RTP. Scholars should plan to be on RTI’s campus two to three days per week during their residency period.

RTI particularly encourages researchers from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply.

Key Dates for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle

9 January 2020: Expression of Interest Submission Deadline
24 February 2020: Notification to Applicants
30 March 2020: Full Proposal Submission Deadline
24 April 2020: Notification to Applicants

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