Qualifications and Selection Criteria for RTI Fellows

To qualify for the RTI Fellow Program, candidates must demonstrate a record of substantial scientific achievement and leadership, including but not limited to the activities noted below. These criteria are not intended as firm and fixed requirements; instead, they are general indicators of the qualifications for appointment to each of the three levels in the RTI Fellow Program.

Fellow

The Fellow level is for senior career scientists with a potential for developing scientific stature and demonstrated scientific or technical growth and development through a combination of the following types of activities:

  • Participating in successful scientific, technical, and research efforts
  • Contributing to scientific literature, meetings, and conferences, including at least ten peer-reviewed publications and an average of one publication per year in major journals in their field
  • Sharing knowledge and influencing RTI scientists in their own discipline in both lead and participatory roles
  • Receiving recognition by RTI peers for scientific, technical, and professional  accomplishments
  • Mentoring scientists in their own center or program

Senior Fellow

The Senior Fellow level is for individuals who have demonstrated substantive scientific achievement and leadership through the following types of activities:

  • Applying existing scientific and technical knowledge in unique, innovative ways
  • Realizing scientific achievements that prove important to a scientific discipline
  • Receiving external recognition through awards from scientific, technical, and professional societies and receives invitations to serve on external scientific committees, panels, boards of professional societies or organizations
  • Participating in successful scientific and technical efforts by multidisciplinary teams; sought after as collaborator from other organizations
  • Contributing significantly to scientific literature, meetings, and conferences in their field
  • Sharing knowledge and influencing scientists in closely related disciplines
  • Mentoring scientists in their own and other RTI centers

Distinguished Fellow

The Distinguished Fellow level is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated a sustained record of scientific accomplishments that have had a significant impact on RTI and society through the following types of activities:

  • Discovering or developing new technical knowledge or scientific methods
  • Realizing scientific achievements that prove critical to a scientific discipline
  • Receiving external recognition through awards of special recognition from prestigious scientific, technical, or professional societies and invited to serve on committees, panels, boards of prestigious national and international societies or organizations.
  • Leading successful scientific and technical efforts by multidisciplinary teams; sought after as a collaborator from prestigious organizations
  • Contributing significantly to key scientific literature, meetings, and conferences in their field; sought after as invited speaker at national and international conferences
  • Sharing knowledge and influencing national and international scientists in a broad range of disciplines
  • Mentoring scientists in RTI and other organizations