The Fellow Program for Senior Level RTI Researchers

The highest scientific honor and responsibility RTI bestows on its own researchers is the designation of RTI Fellow. As an alternative to a career in research management, the RTI Fellow Program provides advancement opportunities in all areas of science, research, technology, and policy analysis.

The RTI Fellow Program, designed for RTI's leading scientists, fosters scientific originality and innovation. In this way, RTI Fellows not only influence the future of RTI but also enhance the impact of our research on society. RTI relies on its Fellows to serve as leaders, influencing our scientific direction and business strategies. We also look to the Fellows to represent RTI and their respective fields within the scientific and policy community.

Designed to recognize and integrate the best technical and scientific talent RTI has on its staff into our business strategy, the RTI Fellow Program provides professional opportunities for individuals with both potential for and demonstrated scientific achievement. Admittance to the RTI Fellow Program is only for RTI personnel who are committed to scientific accomplishment and leadership in support of RTI's mission to improve the human condition.

Administration of the RTI Fellow Program

The RTI Lead Fellow for the program has various administrative responsibilities associated with the program, which are described throughout the program Web pages.

Identifying and Selecting RTI Fellows

The RTI Fellow Program has three levels: Fellow, Senior Fellow, and Distinguished Fellow. The Fellow position provides opportunities for high-potential individuals to enter the RTI Fellow Program for the purpose of enhancing their scientific stature. The Senior Fellow appointment is for highly talented individuals who have demonstrated substantial scientific achievement and leadership. The Distinguished Fellow appointment is for exceptionally talented individuals whose internationally recognized scientific accomplishments have had a significant impact on RTI and society.

Candidates for positions in the RTI Fellow Program must demonstrate a record of substantial scientific achievement. Such achievements might include

  • Discovering or developing new technical knowledge and scientific methods
  • Leading and participating in successful collaborative research efforts
  • Contributing to scientific literature, meetings, and conferences
  • Receiving recognition from peers and colleagues as an expert
  • Mentoring other scientists
  • Providing leadership in scientific, technical, and professional societies
  • Consulting with government, industry, and scientific colleagues at their request
  • Receiving awards and recognition from peers for their contributions
  • Building a nationally and internationally renowned reputation in their area of expertise

Becoming an RTI Fellow

The following information will help you decide whether the RTI Fellow Program fits your personal career goals.

Publicity and Recognition

Designation as an RTI Fellow is an honor and will be recognized as such. Appropriate internal and external publicity will be provided. Photos and brief biographical materials for RTI Fellows will be placed on RTI's external Web site to facilitate external exposure. In addition, RTI Fellows receive an engraved watch, lapel pin, and certificate in honor of their appointment.

Questions by RTI staff about the RTI Fellow Program should be directed to Don Bailey, PhD, chair of the RTI Fellow Program, or to Monica Hall, administrative program director, RTI Fellow Program.