Travel Allowance

A $4,000 travel allowance is included in the base FES postdoctoral research award.  These funds can be used to cover expenses related to domestic or foreign professional development experiences, scientific/technical research conferences, professional meetings, etc. All travel must be pre-approved by your research mentor and ORISE prior to incurring in any expenses. This allowance is not intended to cover expenses related to extended visits or research at foreign institutions. Please review the optional International Collaboration Supplement below for extended visits or research at foreign institutions.

International Collaboration Supplement (optional)

A research proposal that might potentially involve substantial international collaboration may request special supplemental travel funds to support costs associated with foreign travel. In addition to the same stipend and stipend supplements awarded to FES postdoctoral researchers, the International Collaboration Supplement is to support foreign travel costs, and qualified costs associated with extended visits at a foreign institution. In addition to the standard conditions for the base FES postdoctoral researcher award, the following should be met:

  1. Applicants must have two project mentors: one from an institution in the United States and one from an institution abroad.
  2. The proposed research is specifically focused on the applicant developing a unique scientific competency or expertise.
  3. For experimental research proposals:
    1. The applicant plans to spend a significant fraction of their appointment at a foreign facility in order to participate in various stages of an experimental campaign including but not limited to planning, preparation, execution, and data analysis.
    2. The proposal involves a collaborative research effort utilizing experimental data from both the foreign facility and either (i) experimental data from at least one facility located in the United States, and/or (ii) ongoing theory/simulation efforts by researchers in the United States.
  4. For theoretical or computational research proposals:
    1. The applicant plans to spend a significant fraction of their appointment at a foreign institution in order to work closely with the proposed foreign mentor.
    2. The proposal contains a collaborative research effort involving fundamental theory and/or theoretical models developed abroad and either (i) ongoing theory/simulation efforts by researchers in the United States, and/or (ii) ongoing analysis of experimental data from fusion facilities in the United States.

Applicants who wish to be considered for International Collaboration Supplement should complete the special sections of the application, including a proposed travel plan, schedule, and budget. The incremental research enabled by the International Collaboration Supplement should be described in a separate, dedicated section of the research plan so that the base research plan may still be selected even if the funds for a travel supplement are not provided.