About the NSF Research Traineeship Program

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Research Traineeship program supports diverse graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs in developing the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergence research areas, through a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. 

The NSF Research Traineeship program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. The program encourages proposals that involve strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners.

From the field to the lab, disease ecologists are discovering where and how Lyme disease happens.
From the field to the lab, disease ecologists are discovering where and how Lyme disease happens.

Credit: Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies/Pamela Freeman