WSE-APL Research Assistantship

The WSE-APL Research Assistantship is designed to increase and enhance collaborations between APL (The Applied Physics Laboratory) and WSE through doctoral education. WSE-APL Research Assistants will be paid a stipend for the academic year ($30,000 for the 2013-2014 AY) and will receive health insurance and full tuition for nominally 5 years, pending satisfactory academic and research progress as well as the availability of funding.

WSE-APL Research Assistants are expected to spend the first three or four semesters in residence on the Homewood campus. After that period, Research Assistants are expected to be working at APL. APL will identify and provide work opportunities related to the students’ degree programs during the summer following the first academic year and for the third or fourth semester (as applicable) to the completion of their doctoral programs.

APL has initiated a companion program to encourage APL staff to enter the WSE PhD program.


  • WSE- APL RAs must be new/ continuing WSE doctoral students who have approval to conduct their doctoral research on APL projects at APL.
  • WSE- APL RAs first must have applied for a WSE PhD program through the usual admissions channels and must have been (or are in the process of being) accepted as a PhD student in a WSE department.
  • WSE- APL RAs must be US Citizens.
  • WSE-APL RAs must be working in any of the following project areas:
    • Robotics and Autonomy
    • Information Science
    • Neuroscience
  • Mutual interest must first be established between a WSE Faculty member and an APL Staff Researcher. Upon agreement of collaboration, the WSE Faculty member and APL Staff Researcher must complete and submit the WSE-APL RA Proposal Form to the WSE Vice Dean of Education for approval by WSE and APL.

For more information, please contact Christine Kavanagh at

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