The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.

Student Opportunities

Draper Lab Fellow Program


The Draper Laboratory Fellow (DLF) Program typically sponsors 50–60 graduate students each year through a Research Assistant position with his/her school and department. The DLF appointment provides full tuition coverage and a monthly stipend for the duration of the student’s degree program. In return, the student carries out his/her thesis research in collaboration with a Draper technical staff member on a project that is of mutual interest to the student, the university faculty advisor, and to Draper Laboratory.

Process for Pursuing a DLF Position:
Please note that the selection process for academic year 2014-2015 has ended and all successful candidates have been notified. If you have not heard from us, you were not selected. If you are interested in being considered for academic year 2015-2016, please follow the process described below in January 2015.

Step 1: ensure you meet all of the eligibility requirements:

  • DLFs must be U.S. citizens (in special cases Permanent Residents are eligible)
  • DLFs are typically enrolled in an engineering, science, or mathematics Master’s or Ph.D. program
  • DLFs must carry out their thesis research on-site at one of the Draper Laboratory offices. This requirement limits the schools from which we can select DLFs. Schools we have worked with include:
  • Boston area:
    • MIT, Northeastern University, Boston University, Tufts University, Harvard University
  • Tampa area:
    • University of South Florida
  • Houston area:
    • Rice University

Step 2: contact Draper Laboratory:

Email the education office ( – Every year the education office has a competitive process for selection of DLFs. Please send us: your name and contact info, the school and department you have been admitted to, and the statement of objectives from your graduate school application. As needed, we will ask for additional information, typically the graduate program application packet.

If you have already made contact with a specific staff member in your area of interest, e.g., at a conference, through an event, please feel free to contact him/her directly and inquire about the possibility of working with him/her through the DLF program.

Other questions? Please contact the education office: