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Application

The ARS Research Participation Program does NOT have application deadlines; applications are accepted for each position until position is filled.

Required Materials

A complete application for students or postgraduate applicants includes the Application Form, Résumé or Curriculum Vitae, and Official Transcript. See below for details about acceptable versions of and submission instructions for these documents.

A complete application for faculty or established scientists includes the Application Form and Résumé or Curriculum Vitae. See below for details about acceptable versions of and submission instructions for these documents.

Application Form

The Application Form must be submitted via email to usda-ars@orau.org.

Note to Mac OS Users: To complete the application form, please save it to your desktop first by control-clicking the application form link and choosing “Save Link As...” (Firefox) or “Download Linked File” (Safari). You will need the free Adobe Reader to complete the form and return it by email.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

The résumé or CV should include academic history, employment history, relevant experiences and publications list. The résumé or CV must be submitted with the application form via email to usda-ars@orau.org.

Official Transcript

For current students, the official transcript must include recent coursework and grades. For postgraduate students, the official transcript should include the graduation date and degree awarded. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted, but copies of official transcripts are accepted. Transcripts may be submitted by the institution’s registrar’s office or by the applicant as instructed below:


  • E-MAIL
    Scanned copies of transcripts may be sent via e-mail to usda-ars@orau.org. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts submitted via e-mail do not contain personally identifiable information (PII) such as Social Security number, date of birth, and Student ID Number that, if lost or compromised, could cause serious harm (including identify theft) to the applicant.

  • FAX
    (865) 576-4197
    ATTN: ARS Program

  • POSTAL MAIL
    Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
    ATTN: ARS Research Participation Program
    P.O. Box 117, MS 36
    Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117

  • SHIPPING/OVERNIGHT MAIL
    Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
    ATTN: Elizabeth Nelson
    1299 Bethel Valley Road, Building SC-200
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830


Important Information

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
  • While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with USDA, ARS or any other agency, this position may require a pre-employment check and a full background investigation. Any offer made is considered tentative, pending favorable outcome of the pre-employment check.