SPUR Brochure
the Brochure

The Strategic Partnership for University Research at the Applied Physics Laboratory (SPUR@APL) is the product of a long history of collaboration between the Laboratory and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Whiting School of Engineering (WSE). Through this continuously expanding strategic partnership, APL and WSE have brought a wide array of education and research initiatives from both organizations together under SPUR@APL.


Research Internships in Science and Engineering at APL (RISE@APL) is a summer internship program for full-time JHU students majoring in engineering, computer science, or applied mathematics or physics who seek to strengthen their preparation for a technical career. This highly competitive summer internship program focuses on professional development.

Participants in the program will have the opportunity to work at APL’s Laurel, Maryland, campus for 8–12 weeks, where they will be partnered with a staff mentor experienced in their field of study.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Graduate Fellows

The Graduate Fellows program offers resident master’s and predoctoral fellowships for graduate students at JHU who have research interests in science and engineering topics that are being investigated at APL.

Resident JHU graduate students in the areas of science and engineering are eligible for this program.

APL Sabbatical Professors/Fellows (see below), in conjunction with a JHU advisor, will recommend up to seven participants. APL selects and funds awardees, and a JHU faculty advisor will monitor progress and annually recommend continuance. The program lasts until degree completion, pending advisors’ continuing recommendations.

For more information, please contact Dennis Ryan.

Sabbatical Fellow and Professorship Program

The Sabbatical Fellow and Professorship Program is designed to support collaborative efforts between faculty and students on projects of importance to both APL and JHU. This program provides release time (covered by a central Laboratory budget) for APL staff members who hold or are pursuing joint appointments in other divisions of JHU, and allows them to work with faculty and students on joint efforts. Examples of such projects include:

  • Collaborative research and development with faculty and graduate students
  • Teaching an approved course in the affiliated department at JHU
  • Overseeing, guiding, or supervising graduate student research projects
  • Participating in activities that support joint APL and JHU objectives, such as funded program development, course development, and the establishment of centers of excellence at APL or other JHU campuses

All APL staff members are eligible for this program. To apply, applicants must submit a detailed plan describing how they would use their Sabbatical time for a period of one year.

For more information on application requirements, please contact Dave Blodgett.

Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate Assistantships program is intended for WSE graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree while being supported and sponsored by APL.

To be eligible for the program, an applicant must be a WSE doctoral student who is a U.S. citizen. There must be an APL co-advisor to oversee the work at APL, and the research must be relevant to APL research and technological goals. Students within this program can be supported for up to five years.

For more information, please contact Harry Charles.

Summer Faculty Research

Summer Faculty Research is a new program designed to further promote and facilitate collaborations between JHU and APL and will allow JHU faculty to spend up to three summer months working on-site at APL on APL-sponsored research. JHU faculty will work full time on the APL campus in Laurel, Maryland, while participating in the program.

APL will join forces with the WSE Dean’s Office to recruit highly qualified JHU faculty who will work at APL. A nomination is required from APL senior leadership through its Assistant Director for Science and Technology and the Vice Dean of Faculty for the Whiting School of Engineering. Each JHU faculty member selected to participate in the program will complete a Participation Agreement. JHU faculty participating in the program must be U.S. citizens.

For more information, please contact Stacy Murphy.