Below, you can find descriptions of the membership levels available from NAISE. To become a member, please submit an application form.

What Kind of Membership Levels are Offered?

NAISE Visiting Scholar

Visiting scholar is not a designation unique to NAISE.  A visiting scholar:

  • typically holds a PhD, MD, or equivalent terminal degree, or have received equivalent professional recognition.
  • is sponsored or employed elsewhere, usually other universities, industry, or government.
  • are at Northwestern for one year or less to study with Northwestern faculty, learn research techniques, use specialized facilities, or collaborate with faculty investigators.
  • may serve as co-investigators on grant applications or funded projects, but they may not serve as principal investigators.
  • are not employees of the University and are usually paid by their sponsoring organization.
  • may be provided with supplemental funding from University funds, where the situation warrants it; such funding is considered financial aid for living and/or travel expenses and is not tied to services rendered to Northwestern.

Please also refer to the Office of the Provost for their policy on work without compensation. Appointments and renewals for visiting are generally for one year or less in duration.

Institute Member

  • An Institute member is always a paid position.
  • Holds the position of Post Doctoral Fellow or Research Professor at NU or ANL.
  • Is not able to be a PI or co-investigator on grant applications or funded projects
  • may have access to buildings, services, equipment, computing, etc.
  • may participate on committees
  • may participate in workshops

Institute Fellow

Fellows typically are tenure track faculty at Northwestern or Assistant Scientists (RD2) at ANL

A Fellow:

  • may serve as a PI or co-investigator on grant applications or funded projects at the Host Institution
  • may teach part-time during working hours where reimbursement is expected or during non-work hours where no reimbursement is expected. ANL Scientists interested in teaching should contact the appropriate academic unit.
  • may be paid for effort on grants
  • may have access to buildings, services, equipment, computing, etc.
  • may participate on committees
  • may participate in workshops
  • may supervise graduate students. ANL scientists should obtain the agreement of an academic unit. In some cases, this may involve an adjunct appointment.

A Senior Institute Fellow:

  • meets all of the Institute Fellow criterion.
  • A senior fellow typically has an appointment as a Professor at Northwestern, or a Scientist (RD3, RD4, or RD5) at Argonne.
  • The senior fellow is expected to develop significant interactions between Argonne and Northwestern.

Why become an Institute Fellow?

The Northwestern Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (NAISE) was formed to encourage and enhance collaboration between two well respected institutions, Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory. Scientists can collaborate on science problems and work together strategically to build programs, not just respond to calls for proposals.

What are the Advantages of an Institute Fellowship?

  • ANL Scientists and NU faculty can apply for NSF/NIH/etc. grants as members of NAISE
  • Argonne Scientists can be NU PI’s
  • NU faculty can have appointments at Argonne
    • NU Scientists can visit ANL (mini-sabbatical)
    • Clean(er) Intellectual Property arrangements

Who can become an Institute Fellow?

  • You must hold a PhD or equivalent terminal degree, or have received equivalent professional recognition;
  • You must be employed by either Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) or Northwestern University (NU).
  • You shall remain an employee of the Home Institution and shall not be considered an employee of the Host Institution for any purposes.
  • Your appointment shall be coterminous. If your employment ends at your home institution your Institution Fellowship will also end.