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After you have completed your experience, USRA will no longer hold your clearance. Your new employer can access your record in JPAS to review the clearance.
No, all applications must be submitted through the AFRL Connect system.
According to Air Force Instruction 33-332, personal information is defined by the Department of Defense as: information about an individual that identifies, links, relates, or is unique to, or describes him or her, e.g., social security number (SSN); age; military rank; civilian grade; marital status; race; salary; home/office phone numbers; other demographic, biometric, personnel, medical, and financial information, etc. Such information is also known as personally identifiable information (PII) (i.e., information which can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such as their social security number, date of birth, place of birth, mother’s maiden name, or biometric records, including any other PII which is linked or linkable to a specified individual).
Do not upload any documents that contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII). For steps on how to block PII, see below:
No, AFRL Scholars Professionals is only open to U.S. Citizens.
Yes, you must submit at least one letter of recommendation for an application to be completed.
As the deadline approaches, please contact your reference using the “Resend” function in the application module and/or sending a request to another reference.
Opportunities are available three times/year, beginning in September, January, and June. See the application deadlines for more information.
Scholars Professionals (SPs) may be excused from AFRL research activities for brief periods due to personal emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances.
Yes, you may edit your application in AFRL Connect after submitting, so long as the deadline has not passed. Each time you resubmit your application, it will overwrite the previous submission.
You will be sent an official offer by email informing you that you have been selected for the program. Offer timelines are based on funding availability and can therefore vary at times. It is recommended that you begin checking email regularly approximately 3-4 weeks after the application closes but offers can be sent as late as 5 weeks prior to the session start date.
All appointments are subject to the continuing availability of appropriated funds and the participant meeting the terms, conditions, or expectations of the appointment. In the event that appropriated funding is not available, or the participant fails to meet the terms, conditions, or expectations of the educational appointment, the participant will be notified as soon as possible about the procedures for ending the appointment.
Stipend amount is based on academic level attained.
You will receive a direct deposit at the end of each month.
No, compensation for room and board is not provided.
SPs that live more than 50 miles from their assigned AFRL site at the time of the offer may be eligible to receive a relocation allowance if they meet other federal relocation requirements. Details regarding relocation travel are provided in the Terms of Appointment Letter that accompanies the offer letter.
AFRL and USRA do not endorse or have any affiliation with any companies listed on this site. As a courtesy, housing suggestions are offered in the Housing Resources site.
Yes, SPs are eligible to receive leave benefits, subsidized health insurance, and a relocation allowance (if they live more than 50 miles from their assigned AFRL site at the time of the offer letter and meet other federal relocation requirements). Health insurance is required to participate in AFRL SPs. Details are provided in the offer letter.
You will need at least 1 valid form of government-issued picture identification, such as a driver's license or U.S. passport. Be aware that in order to drive on a military installation you will need a valid driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance. Please note, anyone seeking access onto a military installation using a state identification that is non-compliant with Real ID Act requirements will no longer be authorized access without providing an alternate identification credential. Some of the more common alternatives include a valid U.S. issued passport or ID cards issued by federal state or local government agencies that include a photo and biographic information. For a full list of Real ID Act compliant and non-compliant states, visit the Department of Homeland Security's website.
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