What does a Research Fellow do?

Research fellows perform academic research at an educational institution, often while working towards earning an advanced degree. Their work is usually supported for a specified period of time by a grant, endowment, or other dedicated source of funding. They are often researching innovative and cutting-edge technologies or concepts, or investigating complex challenges where the findings could have significant consequences.

Research fellows typically have a doctorate degree in their technical field of expertise, although some institutions also have predoctoral research fellow programs. They generally have already had peer-reviewed research published in academic journals. They are often expected to pursue or compete for additional research grants. Advanced research skills are required, along with excellent writing skills. Research fellows must be detail oriented with strong project management abilities.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
28%
2 - 4
44%
5 - 7
1%
8+
27%

Common Skill Sets

MD PhD
Motivated
Machine Learning
Writing
Critical Thinking
Written Communication
Excellent Communication
Languages

Research Fellow Seniority Levels

Research Specialist
15% made the transition
Research Technician
6% made the transition
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Research Fellow Salaries

Average Base Pay

$60,632 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$42K
Median: $61K
$87K
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