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The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Participation Program is an educational and training program designed to provide college students, recent graduates, university faculty and established scientists opportunities to participate in project-specific agricultural related research.

Due to the educational nature of these programs, participants must fall into one of the following categories:

Student:  Candidate must be a pre-college, undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited U.S. college, university, technical institute, or pre-college school, or must be in an institution approved by the ARS. Part-time students may be considered with sponsor approval.

Postgraduate:  Candidate must have received an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree in an appropriate discipline within five years of the desired starting date.  Otherwise, the candidate will be required to complete all requirements for such a degree prior to the desired starting date.  Alternative eligibility requirements for postgraduate appointments are as follows:

  • Veteran must have been honorably discharged or may be a disabled service member and have received a college degree in an appropriate science, technology, engineering or math discipline within ten years of their starting date.  This exception is offered to allow U.S. veterans the opportunity to use the technical and leadership skills gained during the military tenure and to assist them in the transition to civilian status.

Faculty: Candidate must be full-time faculty member at an accredited U.S. college, university, technical institute, or pre-college school, or must be at an institution approved by the ARS.

Established Scientist: Candidate must be a subject matter expert in a field related to the ARS mission and be interested in new research training activities. Candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis as approved by the ARS.

This program is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) or foreign nationals, depending on the needs of ARS. For more information on eligibility requirements for non-U.S. citizens, please see Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens.

This program is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or covered veteran’s status.