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Service Chief Fellows Program (SCFP)


Service Chiefs Fellows Program

The DARPA Service Chiefs Fellows Program (SCFP) was established to immerse outstanding military officers and government civilians into imaginative and innovative, fast-paced science and technology research. This three-month fellowship provides participants with insight into cutting-edge technology while potentially facilitating the development of future DARPA technologies.

Fellows from each Service have the opportunity to dive deeply into specific technology development in areas of interest to them and to their respective Service, as well as a chance to understand the breadth of DARPA research. This introduction to the DARPA innovation process allows Fellows to gain valuable research experience and return to the field with an appreciation for the Agency’s role of supporting DoD missions by preventing and creating strategic and technological surprise.

Upon completion of their assignment to SCFP, Fellows serve as informal liaisons between DARPA and the Services, reflecting the close relationships forged during their tenure and the experiential understanding of DARPA's technology development process.

2024 Fellowship Dates

  • 02 January - 29 March 2024

  • 02 April - 28 June 2024

  • 09 July - 27 September 2024

  • 01 October - 13 December 2024

** Applications for Q3 and Q4 are currently open**

This opportunity is open to O-4 and O-5 Active Duty, FTS, and Reserve (if separately activated at the time of the fellowship and released by command to participate) Officers.  O-3’s that will promote to O-4 prior to the fellowship dates are eligible to apply. Members MUST be available for the entire period.
Minimum security clearance required for this opportunity is secret, with a top secrete clearance being strongly preferred.
Eligible Designators:

  • 1110, 1120, 1130, 1140, 1310, 1320, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 2100, 2300, 5100

Applications for the DARPA SCFP consist of the following items:

  • Biography

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Command Endorsement

To apply, please email your biography, curriculum vitae, and command endorsement to Your command endorsement must state that your command is willing to make you available for the entire period of the convening.
More details about the program can be found at:  The website also highlights some of the current programs that members will have the opportunity to work on.
For program application questions, please contact LT Jacob Jepsen, PERS-443, at 901-874-3996, or

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