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 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. RDFP learning activities are complemented by consultations with University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) administrators and faculty colleagues.

Program Outcomes

By the end of the program, fellows will have:

  1. A concept paper summarizing a project for which they will pursue external funding.
  2. Experience engaging program officers at external funders.
  3. A five-year plan for strategically pursuing external funding.


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. Fellows who participate in the RDFP may not re-apply in subsequent years.

Application Process

Apply for RDFP here. Applications to participate in the 2022-2023 RDFP must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, September 23, 2022.

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