AFRL/DAGSI Ohio Student-Faculty Research Fellowship Program


The AFRL/DAGSI Ohio Student-Faculty Research Fellowship program, funded through DAGSI by the Ohio Board of Regents, supports graduate science and engineering students and faculty who conduct research in areas targeted by the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.   

The key program objectives are:  

All projects involve basic research in aerospace technologies and originate from research topic areas provided by the six AFRL Directorates with a presence at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio:  Air Vehicles (VA); Propulsion (PR); Sensors (SN); Materials and Manufacturing (ML); Human Effectiveness (HE); and Information (IF).

Graduate students and faculty from any of the eighteen members of the OBR's Research Officers Council (ROC) that have graduate science and engineering programs are eligible to participate.  ROC members include the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT); the University of Akron (UA); Bowling Green State University (BGSU); Central State University (CSU); the University of Cincinnati (UC); Cleveland State University (CSU); the University of Dayton (UD); Kent State University (KSU); Miami University (MU); The Ohio State University (OSU); Ohio University (OU); Shawnee State University (SSU); University of Toledo (UT); Wright State University (WSU); Youngstown State University (YSU); Medical College of Ohio; Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine; and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).

A graduate student and a faculty member, working as a team, submit a proposal in one of the target research areas.  For Ph.D.-level projects, the proposal should be developed and written largely by the student, with support, guidance, and input as necessary from the faculty partner.  For M.S.-level projects, the proposal can be developed and written jointly by the faculty member and the student.  Selection of proposals for funding will be made jointly between AFRL and DAGSI.  Participating students and faculty work together with AFRL scientists and engineers, using AFRL facilities in addition to their university facilities, to conduct their research.  The AFRL is committed to providing significant on-site involvement and support to the academic participants.  The fellowship term is one year.  Each student is required to spend a minimum of eight consecutive weeks conducting research at Wright-Patterson AFB.  Each faculty member is expected to spend at least one monthís worth of time conducting research at WPAFB.  This requirement helps foster strong linkages between Ohio 's academic research institutions and the Air Force.  The expectation is that most if not all students will use this research as the basis for their M.S. or Ph.D. dissertations.  

The Application Process

The Technical Directorates at AFRL/WPAFB submit research topics to DAGSI for posting on the DAGSI web site.  Each topic has a short (one or two paragraph) description, and a technical point of contact within the directorate will be identified.  Topics for each research fellowship round will be posted by September 15.  Applications may be submitted any time between December 1 and the following January 31.

Application materials include:  

Award decisions are made by March 15 for research commencing summer term.

Each student and each faculty applicant may (together or separately) pursue up to two research opportunities.  A student may hold one award only.  A faculty member may receive one or two awards in a given cycle but may hold no more than three awards (new award(s) plus renewal(s)) in total at any one time.  Each proposal should address a single research topic UNLESS topic combination has been approved by AFRL.  Applicants should clearly indicate the topic title and number on the proposal.

Collaboration among universities is encouraged.  For example, two teams from two different schools may collaborate on a topic, each submitting a separate application but indicating that the applications should be considered together.

Renewals of existing awards require a separate application.  Renewals are not guaranteed.

The DAGSI website will be kept up-to-date with the latest program information.


The Award  

DAGSI anticipates awarding at least 20 student-faculty fellowships annually, including renewal of some projects already in progress.  The award consists of:


o        The faculty member must sign off on a student's request for spending

o        The university authorizing official must sign off on the faculty member's request for spending

Tax Questions:  All questions concerning taxes should be directed to the Internal Revenue Service.  Refer to IRS Publication 520, "Scholarships and Fellowships", and Publication 508, "Tax Benefits for Work-Related Education," for further information.  Both publications can be accessed at

Note:  students and faculty receiving support from the AFRL/DAGSI program do not incur any formal obligation to the U.S. Government.  Program objectives will be best served if the student actively pursues research, teaching, employment in air and space industries or other Air Force-related fields after graduating. 


Program Rules and Requirements  

Student and faculty applicants are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the program rules and requirements.



Underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply to the AFRL/DAGSI program.


Updated: 11/14/06

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