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Research Development Fellows Program


The Research Development Fellows Program (RDFP) is an Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) initiative designed to provide early career faculty with the information, resources and approaches necessary to position themselves for success in securing external funding for their research, scholarship, and creative activity.


The RDFP is an academic year-long program consisting of a combination of formal and informal learning sessions and interactive workshops. These activities are designed to help fellows be strategic in laying a strong foundation for research success as an early career faculty member and to establish and begin to implement an intentional plan for pursuing grant funding to support their work.

RDFP learning activities are complemented by consultations with University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) administrators and faculty colleagues, and ORED staff will work with fellows to develop a plan to network with program officers about their project ideas.


Applications are welcome from full-time UNL faculty at the assistant-level rank who are in the early stages of developing a research, scholarship, or creative activity program. Program participation is limited to 20 fellows per year. Fellows who participate in the RDFP may not re-apply in subsequent years.

Application Process

Apply for RDFP here. Applications to participate in the 2021-2022 RDFP must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

For More Information

For more information, contact Tisha Gilreath Mullen, director of proposal development, at 402-472-2894.

Related Resources

Office of Proposal Development
Office of Sponsored Programs
Research Administration Essentials (formerly NURAMP)
Research Days