• The applicant must be pursuing research in an area under the umbrella of the NSF Engineering Directorate.
  • The applicant must have completed their PhD (or can have completed up to a second postdoc) between 01/01/2019 and today.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • The applicant must select a faculty advisor that is tenured, or tenure-track faculty, employed at a U.S. academic institution. 
  • The advisor the applicant co-creates their application with cannot be the applicant's PhD advisor or current/most recent postdoc advisor.
  • The research being proposed by the postdoc must be conducted at a U.S. academic institution.
  • The postdoc applicant must coordinate with a faculty postdoc advisor to apply as a pair, developing the application in a collaborative manner. 
  • Applicants may submit up to two applications, but only one can be awarded.

Please email efellows@asee.org to obtain a PDF copy of the Application Instructions. Instructions are also available to you upon opening up a digital application here.

Application Includes:

  • Contact Information
  • Demographic Information
  • Citizenship Information
  • Academic Background
  • Academic CV – 2 pages (pdf upload)
  • Discipline 
  • Research Proposal (project-based, technical plan) 
  • Proposed Fellowship Institution 
  • Letter of Reference (Current Research Supervisor) 
  • Letter of Reference 
  • Letter of Support (Mentor)
  • Mentor Department Chair Letter 
  • Research Professional Development & Mentoring Plan (additional developmental activities outside the scope of the proposed research project) 

Application Evaluation

The overall application package will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Educational Background: Suitability of educational preparation for undertaking proposed research.
  • Strength of References: Knowledge of and ability to judge qualifications of candidate. Content of reference.
  • Professional Research Experience: Preparation for proposed research indicated by prior professional experience or prior research center experience.
  • Research Productivity: Prior experience and accomplishments of applicant in area of proposed research. Number of papers and quality of outlets (refereed journals, proceedings, monographs and technical reports).
  • Research Mentor Endorsement: Strength of commitment of research mentor to participate in the proposed research. Interest in applicant.
  • Research Mentor’s Capabilities Relative to the Proposed Research: Match between applicant and faculty advisor pertinent to the proposed research and capability of the institution to provide equipment or other research support.
  • Quality and Effectiveness of Research Proposal: Clarity of presentation, organization, and approach. Literature awareness: Significance and feasibility of proposed research.

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Application Deadline - Cohort Three

  • The next application review will occur in January 2024 for awards to-be-issued in Spring 2024.
  • Please contact efellows@asee.org with questions.


The E-Fellows program will provide postdoctoral researchers with a salary of $75,000 per year, for two years. Upon selection, ASEE will issue subawards to host institutions, to cover salary, benefits and up to $3,000 for travel expenses per fellow.


The eFellows program is currently seeking qualified individuals to review applications for the program's second cohort, which is expected to start this Fall.