GTRI Graduate Student Research Fellowship Program


The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) seeks proposals from Georgia Tech academic, tenure-track faculty for a prestigious collaborative research fellowship to support high-caliber graduate students. The GTRI Graduate Student Research Fellowship Program will provide up to 5 years of funding for a GT doctoral student to perform research with both a GT advisor and GTRI co-advisor. Research topics should be aligned to GTRI strategic technology priorities listed below.

• Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) for National Security

• Trusted and Resilient Information and Systems

• Electromagnetic Spectrum Signals and Systems

• Precision Aggregated Spacecraft Systems

• Explorations at the Intersection of Biology & Engineering

• Other emerging topics of interest related to National Security (Contact GTRI Fellowship program coordinator with questions regarding topic suitability.)


The two-page short proposal should provide answers the following questions (derived from the Heilmeier catechism):

1. Proposal title

2. Academic faculty advisor and GTRI co-advisor

a) Affiliations and contact information

b) Previous and/or current research collaboration activities by proposed GT advisor and GTRI co-advisor

3. Research questions

a) What are you trying to do?

b) How is it done today?

c) What’s new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?

d) If your research is successful, what will be its impact?

e) What are anticipated results for the research and how will they be generated?

f) How will you measure progress and know that you have been successful?

4. References (do not count towards two-page length)


1. Proposals from all six academic colleges of Georgia Tech are encouraged and will be accepted from tenured and tenure-track faculty members.

2. Proposals are due December 13, 2021. Notifications will be made by January 12, 2022 and funding will be available for the Fall 2022 semester.

3. Yearly, this fellowship provides GRA tuition and stipend ($30k), partial academic faculty summer salary ($10k), conference travel/publication fees ($5k), and materials and supplies on an as-needed basis (~$5k).

4. The student must be enrolled in a doctoral program at GT.

5. Student must be eligible for a Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance.

6. Faculty members are not required to be U.S. citizens.

7. There is no employment commitment required upon graduation.

8. Students are traditional graduate students and not GTRI employees.

9. Paid internships in GTRI laboratories are highly encouraged.

10. Applications will be evaluated based on topic relevance to GTRI strategic goals, the impact of the proposed research, and the strength of the collaboration between the GT-GTRI faculty member pair.

Proposal Deadline: December 13, 2021

Please submit the proposal in PDF format to Dr. Mark Whorton, Chief Technology Officer, GTRI. 


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