About the Program

WSE-APL Research Assistants are paid a stipend for the academic year and receive health insurance and full tuition for approximately five 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 to four semesters in residence on the Homewood campus, after which they are expected to work at APL. APL will identify and provide work opportunities related to the student’s degree program 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 members to pursue their doctoral degrees at Hopkins Engineering.



To be eligible to participate in the APL Research Assistant Program, a student must:

  • Be a new/continuing WSE doctoral student who has received approval to conduct doctoral research at APL on APL projects
  • Have applied to a WSE doctoral program through the usual admissions channels and been admitted to the program or be in the process of being admitted
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Conduct research in the areas of robotics and autonomy, information science, or neuroscience.
  • Have established mutual interest between a WSE faculty member and an APL staff researcher. After agreeing to collaborate on a project, the WSE faculty member and the APL staff member must complete and submit the WSE-APL RA Proposal Form to the WSE vice dean of graduate education, for approval by both WSE and APL.

Contact Us for More Information

Christine Kavanagh

Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Academic Affairs