Qualifications and Selection Criteria for RTI Fellows

To qualify for the RTI Fellow Program, candidates must have demonstrated 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.

The RTI Fellow Program has three levels: Fellow, Senior Fellow, and Distinguished Fellow:

  • The Fellow position provides opportunities for high-potential individuals to enter the RTI Fellow Program for the purpose of enhancing their scientific stature.
  • The Senior Fellow appointment is for highly talented individuals who have demonstrated substantial scientific or policy achievement and leadership with national impact and recognition.
  • The Distinguished Fellow appointment is for exceptionally talented individuals whose internationally recognized scientific accomplishments have had a significant impact on RTI and society. Distinguished Fellows are expected to have clearly achieved status as research and thought leaders.

 

General Qualifications

In general, candidates for positions in the RTI Fellow Program must demonstrate a record of substantial scientific achievement. The table below illustrates the types and level of achievement. They can include, but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to scientific literature, meetings, and conferences
  • Receiving recognition from peers and colleagues as an expert
  • Receiving awards and recognition from peers for their contributions
  • Providing leadership in scientific, technical, and professional societies
  • Building a nationally and internationally renowned reputation in their area of expertise
  • Discovering or developing new technical knowledge and scientific methods
  • Leading and participating in successful collaborative research efforts
  • Mentoring other researchers
  • Consulting with government, industry, and scientific colleagues at their request

Nominations

RTI investigators interested in an appointment to the Fellow program must be nominated by either their direct supervisor or Business Group Executive Vice President (EVP). In either case, the Business Group EVP must endorse the application before review by the panel.

All applicants must meet the general qualifications described above. The review panel conducts a thorough assessment of the applicant's record of accomplishments relative to the guidelines for each level of appointment. Applicants are not required to meet all criteria specified for a given level, but they should demonstrate a level of accomplishment commensurate with the examples provided.

Guidelines for Fellow Program Appointments by Level of Appointment

Category

Fellow

Senior Fellow

Distinguished Fellow

Scientific Stature

  • 30-50 peer-reviewed publications 1
  • Publishes policy and or research summaries 2
  • Averages at least 3 publications per year
  • 60-90 peer-reviewed publications 1
  • Publishes policy or research summaries, some of which are high impact 2
  • Averages at least 4 publications per year
  • Some publications in high impact journals 3
  • Has testified before Congress, commissions or major advisory panels
  • >100 peer-reviewed publications 1
  • Consistently publishes high-impact policy and research summaries 2
  • Averages at least 5 publications per year
  • Consistently publishes in high impact journals 3
  • Multiple invitations to testify before Congress, commissions or major advisory panels

Professional Recognition and Service

  • Recognized by RTI peers as scientific leader within the institute
  • Presents at regional and national conferences
  • Recognized by peers outside of RTI as a scientific leader
  • Some invited presentations at national meetings
  • Serves on study sections or other grant review panels
  • Serves as officer or committee member in professional organizations or on policy advisory committees
  • International recognition for scientific leadership
  • Frequently invited to present at national and international meetings
  • Serves on study sections or other grant review panels
  • Serves as officer or committee member in professional organizations or on policy advisory committees
  • Receives awards or fellow appointments in professional or scientific societies

Proposal Leadership and Research Funding

  • Leads successful proposals or plays a leadership role in proposal components or tasks
  • Leads successful proposals
  • Strong track record of successful proposals, including projects that demonstrate scientific innovation and leadership

RTI Leadership and Cross-Institute Collaboration

  • Contributes to scientific and strategic business development activities in business unit
  • Major contributor to strategic program or scientific development initiatives in support of institute initiatives
  • Leads major cross-institute initiatives
  • Develops programs across the institute and with universities or other consortia

Mentoring

  • Mentors graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or investigators in own center or program
  • Mentors graduate students postdoctoral fellows, or investigators in own business group
  • Mentors graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or investigators across the institute

Commercialization (where applicable)

  • Licensed technology to at least one outside company
  • More than one example of licensed technology to an outside company
  • Strong track record of licensing technology to outside companies

Work Plan

  • Presents clear research agenda to increase individual scientific stature
  • Work Plan will increase center or program scientific stature and support selected domains of scientific research
  • Presents clear research agenda that will increase individual scientific stature
  • Work Plan will increase business group scientific stature and support selected domains of scientific research
  • Presents clear research agenda that will increase individual scientific stature
  • Work Plan will increase institute scientific stature and support selected domains of scientific research

1 Peer-reviewed publications include journal articles, books, book chapters, patents and papers in proceedings of national and international conferences.

2 Policy reports could appear in print publications or on organization and foundation websites.

3 This designation refers to journals considered among the top tier in the applicant's respective field.