What does a Summer Fellow do?

Research fellows perform academic research at an educational institution, often while working towards earning an advanced degree. Their work is usually supported for a specified period of time by a grant, endowment, or other dedicated source of funding. They are often researching innovative and cutting-edge technologies or concepts, or investigating complex challenges where the findings could have significant consequences.

Research fellows typically have a doctorate degree in their technical field of expertise, although some institutions also have predoctoral research fellow programs. They generally have already had peer-reviewed research published in academic journals. They are often expected to pursue or compete for additional research grants. Advanced research skills are required, along with excellent writing skills. Research fellows must be detail oriented with strong project management abilities.

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University of IdahoUniversity of Idaho
Postdoctoral Fellow
7 Nov 2019

“People are nice and friendly maybe just because of the university which is the only source o good employment”

Yale UniversityYale University
Graduate Teaching Fellow
1 Jan 2022

“It was easy to balance with course load and a great opportunity to develop close relationships with professors.”

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
Orise Fellow
3 Dec 2019

“Working on the Zika epidemic was a fantastic opportunity and I could not have asked for a better team”

Miami UniversityMiami University
11 Sep 2019

“never felt to overloaded with work and was given ample opportunities to help with other projects apart from my own”

University of San DiegoUniversity of San Diego
Postdoctoral Fellow
17 Dec 2021

“The entire Chemistry department is so helpful and can be approached to any faculty whenever needed.”

Rocky Mountain PrepRocky Mountain Prep
Teaching Fellow
10 Dec 2020

“Almost everyone I have worked with and met have been nothing but kind and helpful.”

The Johns Hopkins UniversityThe Johns Hopkins University
Postdoctoral Fellow
2 Jun 2021

“The insurance offered isn't the best and is not as good as what postdocs at JHMI receive.”

NASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Postdoctoral Fellow
18 Aug 2021

“JPL is a nice place to work because you can explore your ability and develop your career.”

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