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Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) - formerly the FaST program

Program Description

  • The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP), formerly called Faculty and Student Teams (FaST), is intended to support the professional development of current faculty members who have the desire to increase the competitiveness of their own independent research at their home institution through scientific research collaborations with DOE laboratory scientists.
  • Student participation is optional. Applying faculty members may invite up to two student participants from the faculty member's home academic institution, one of which may be a graduate student.
  • Visit the DOE's VFP website to find out more about VFP, including the benefits of the program.

VFP Student Benefits:

  • $500/wk (10 wks) Stipend $5,000
  • $3,000​ Housing supplement
  • Travel supplement if permanent address is at least 50 miles from the Lab.

VFP Grad Student Benefits:

  • $3,000​ Housing supplement
  • Travel supplement if permanent address is at least 50 miles from the Lab.

VFP Faculty Benefits:

  • $1300/wk (10 wks) Stipend $13,000
  • $​3​,000 Housing supplement
  • Travel supplement if permanent address is at least 50 miles from the Lab.


  • ​Must be a full-time faculty member at an accredited U.S. degree granting, postsecondary, institution of higher education historically underrepresented in the U.S. research community.
  • Student team members must be invited to participate by the applying faculty member and must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student and must have completed at least one year as a matriculating undergraduate or graduate student.
    • Must be 18 years or older at the start of the program
    • Must have earned a high school diploma or GED
    • May participate in a maximum of three VFP internships. This includes past participation in the FaST program.
  • US citizenship or permanent resident status required
  • Participants must have medical insurance during their time at the Lab
  • Please visit DOE website for eligibility details.
  • Workforce Development & Education interns are not allowed to take classes while participating in the program.

Please note: it is Workforce Development & Education policy that interns of Lab relatives may not be placed in same division as Lab relative.


Key Dates Summer

  • Program Dates: 
    4​ Jun - ​10​ Aug 201​8​ ​
  • DOE Office of Science Key Dates: VFP

Selection Process

  • Potential VFP faculty members are strongly encouraged to make contact with a researcher at the Lab before applying
  • Scientists review applications and select teams based on their needs
  • Please note that selection and placements start well ahead of the application deadline - apply early to increase your chances of being selected


  • Complete the full ten-week program (approx. 40 hrs/wk), with no time off from start to finish (excluding weekends and Lab holidays)
  • Workforce Development & Education interns can not take classes (including online) while participating in the program.
  • Complete entrance and exit surveys
  • Students submit a poster and a 6-8 page paper on their research activities
  • Faculty submit annual reports
  • Attend all scheduled events including lectures, tours and group activities
  • Complete all LBNL safety and procedural requirements
  • Participate in professional scientific meetings
  • When acknowledging WDTS support, please use the following statement - "This work was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) under the Visiting Faculty Program (VFP)."


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For more information contact [email protected]