You may apply to no more than two (2) research opportunities listed on the SFFP website. To apply to a new program, click "Add new program application." You can search for a research opportunity by keyword, research advisor, abstract number, research topic, or by Air Force research facility. Enter information in only one of the fields to find your program.
Once you find the appropriate program, click "Apply" to complete the program application form.
- Upload your proposal. If you are proposing including a graduate student in your research, their application must be included with your proposal. (Please note: It is highly recommended that you contact the advisor for the program to review your proposal first.) Graduate Student Application: Click Here
- Select a proposed start date: A start date should be discussed and agreed upon with the research advisor. If you have not decided on a specific date, enter an approximate start date. Your graduate student cannot be at the lab outside of your start and end dates.
- Select number of weeks requested: Enter the number of weeks (8-12) you would like to work at the lab. This is just a request and does not guarantee any length you may be awarded. (Please keep in mind that leave is not permitted during the program.
- Enter the title of your proposal.
- Indicate whether or not you would like to bring a graduate student with you to work on this program. (The student’s application must be included as a part of your proposal
- Enter your Statement of Academic Benefit: The Statement of Academic Benefit should include a description of how the SFFP will benefit teaching and research activities at your home academic institution (e.g. new courses, new curricula, new research projects). There is no limit to your Statement of Academic Benefit; typically, statements are approximately one to two pages in length.
- Select three (3) references: Choose three (3) references from the list of references you provided. One of the references must be your Department Head or Dean.
Once you have finished filling out this section, an email will go to the advisor of the program to which you are applying. Advisors will or will not approve your proposal. Advisors will approve only those applicants with whom they have spoken and whose proposals they have read. This approval will affect your score in the review process.
Your research proposal document should be no longer than 3000 words (approximately 4 single-spaced pages). Observe the following formatting requirements for the document:
- All submissions must be prepared separately in pdf format using a word processing program in a standard typeface no smaller than 12-point font.
- Include your full name at the top of each page.
- Number the pages in the body of the document.
Description of the proposed research must include the following:
- Statement of problem
- Background and relevance to previous work
- General methodolgy and procedure to be followed
- Explanation of new or unusual techniques
- Expected results and their significance and application
- Literature citations where appropriate
- Graduate Student Application (found here)
Please be aware that all the above listed components must be complete in order to save a program application. A partial application will not be accepted. If you have changes to make to a program application, you will need to first delete the original submission and start again by clicking on the "Add new program application" button.
**Remember to save your information before leaving this section.**