Summer 2014 Term VFP
Applications are due January 10, 2014.
The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP), formerly called
Faculty and Student Teams (FaST), seeks to increase the
research competitiveness of faculty members and their
students at institutions historically underrepresented
in the research community in order to expand the
workforce vital to the Department of Energy (DOE)
mission areas. As part of the program, selected
university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE
laboratory research staff on a research project of
mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite
up to two students (one of which may be a graduate
student) to participate in the research project.
Each summer, SLAC will host one to two VFP teams
comprised of one faculty member, who may invite up to
and two students (one can be a graduate student) from
the targeted educational institution. Student
participation is optional. Selected faculty and
participating students spend 9-10 weeks (Summer Term) at
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory engaged in a
research project under the guidance of a SLAC scientist.
Faculty members build collaborative relationships with
SLAC research scientists, become familiar with DOE
sponsored research programs, scientific user facilities,
and potential funding opportunities. Students
participate in enrichment activities, including career
professional development workshops (e.g. technical and
scientific writing skills development, poster, or oral
presentation activities, etc.), laboratory tours,
scientific lectures and seminars.
All VFP faculty applicants must submit at the time of
application a research project proposal co-developed
with the collaborating research staff located at the
host DOE laboratory. Proposal guidance and requirements
can be found at
10-week stipend of $13,000 during the internship period.
receive a stipend of $500 per week during the internship
period. Participating graduate students
are expected to be supported by their home academic
institutions consistent with their graduate appointment,
and the VFP provides no additional stipend. Selected
faculty and students are reimbursed for one round trip
domestic travel to the host laboratory (if permanent
address is more than 50 miles from the host laboratory).
Occasionally, SLAC will also host other VFP teams from other funding sources like the National Science Foundation (NSF).
More information about eligible NSF programs and NSF
process can be found at
It is recommended that applicants contact the NSF
Program Manager if there are any questions regarding
applying for supplemental funds from NSF.
faculty and student participants must complete both the
entrance and exit surveys and participate in
professional scientific meetings at the request of their
Faculty participants are strongly encouraged to make
an oral presentation on the outcome of their VFP related
research projects and must complete and submit a 6-8
page research project report. Report requirements and
submission instructions can be found at
Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) Faculty Deliverables
Requirements and Guidelines.
Student participants must make either an oral or
poster presentation on the outcome of their VFP related
research activities, complete and submit a 1500-3000
word research project report, a general audience
abstract and a one-page peer review of another
undergraduate's intern talk or poster. Report
requirements, submission instructions and additional
guidance can be found at
Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) Student Deliverables
Requirements and Guidelines.
To learn more about the Faculty
Visiting Program, please visit:
Workforce Development & Diversity Specialist
Faculty Program Manager
Human Resources Department
2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 11
Building 28, Rm. 83
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tel: (650) 926-2265
Fax: (650) 926-4999