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Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowship Program

Liberty Mutual
The ASSE Foundation is pleased to offer the Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowship Program at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA.

Liberty Mutual Research Institute

Application submission is now closed for summer 2014


  • To encourage research activity in the field of safety;
  • To familiarize graduate students, faculty members and other researchers with current research projects and up-to-date research models and applications to expand the body of knowledge;
  • To stimulate and enhance graduate students, faculty members and other researchers' understanding of safety research;
  • To provide a forum for linking safety professionals, industry needs, and quality research programs;
  • To lay the groundwork for graduate students and faculty members to pursue safety/health applied research projects of their choice.


  • Fellows must be working towards a master's or doctorate degree or possess a masters or doctorate. Students will receive priority.
  • Preference will be given to applicants holding appointments or enrolled in a department with an ABET accredited safety program.
  • Fellows can be United States citizens, permanent residents, or international students studying in the United States. The following documentation (choose one) will need to be submitted as proof of status:
  1. For U.S. citizens
    • A copy of the student's birth certificate showing that he/she was born in the United States, which includes Puerto Rico (on or after Jan. 13, 1941), Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands (on or after Jan. 17, 1917), American Samoa, Swain's Island, or the Northern Mariana Islands, unless the person was born to foreign diplomats residing in the U.S.
  2. For permanent residents
    • A U.S. passport, current or expired, except limited passports (which are typically issued for short periods such as a year and which don't receive as much scrutiny as a regular passport when applying). In the case of nationals who are not citizens, the passport will be stamped “Noncitizen National.”
    • A copy of Form FS-240 (Consular Report of Birth Abroad), FS- 545 (Certificate of birth issued by a foreign service post), or DS- 1350 (Certification of Report of Birth). These are State Department documents.
    • A Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561), issued by USCIS to individuals who derive U.S. citizenship through a parent.
    • A Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570), issued by USCIS through a federal or state court, or through administrative naturalization after December 1990 to those who are individually naturalized.
  3. For international students studying in the U.S.
    • Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student (Curriculum Practical Training or Optional Practical Training).  ASSE Foundation will provide the student a letter of employment and based on the offer the student will obtain an eligibility certificate.

Note: Members of the American Society of Safety Engineers will receive special consideration. The ASSE Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, national origin, or physical disability.


Fellows will spend up to twelve weeks during the summer of 2014 at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA, at a mutually agreeable time (arranged between the Fellow and the Director of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety after the awarding of the fellowship).

Note: Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Santosh Verma at Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety ( to explore potential projects that would be aligned with Institute research scientists' goals and program interests.


  • Fellows will receive a stipend from the ASSE Foundation ($1,250/week). Expenses include transportation to and from the Fellow's home to Hopkinton, MA, room and board, rental car as needed and other miscellaneous expenses. Total stipend will not exceed $15,000 per fellow (for a twelve-week stay).
  • Payments will be issued in three (3) installments at $5,000 each at the beginning of each four (4) week period.
  • Fellows will also receive reasonable access to current research projects, systems, equipment, researchers, and other resources as necessary upon execution of a Confidentiality Agreement with the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety.
  • For students, this is a non taxable event.  For non-student's, withholdings required by law will be deducted.


Within eight weeks of the end of the time at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, the Fellows will write:

  • Either an 800-word article for ASSE's Professional Safety Journal summarizing the results of the research, or submission for peer review by Professional Safety Journal following that publication's manuscript submission guidelines.
  • If appropriate, an outline for a proposal for a grant request (to an outside agency) for continuing the research as an on-going Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety research project.

Note: No written document produced by the Fellows as a result of this fellowship shall in any way be a representation of the views of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety or the ASSE Foundation. The production of such a document as a result of the fellowship will not in any way represent an endorsement by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety or the ASSE Foundation.

The ASSE Foundation will retain copyright or property rights on all works produced as a direct result of these fellowships.


  • The Fellows must acknowledge and agree that they may have access to proprietary, confidential information, books, materials, and audio-visual works of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and of other third parties, including, but not limited to, information or intellectual property of third parties licensed to the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. The Fellows agree that all such information, books, materials, audio-visual works and intellectual property shall be held in the strictest confidence, that they shall not reveal the same to any third parties, nor shall they make or retain any copies thereof upon termination of the Agreement, except as specifically agreed by the parties hereto in writing.
  • The Fellows acknowledge and agree that the foregoing obligations of confidentiality shall survive the termination or expiration of this Fellowship.

ASSE Foundation and the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety each reserve the right to terminate or change the terms of its respective participation in the future if one party determines that the Fellows topics of interest detract in any way from the focus of the collaboration.

The final selection of the Fellows will be made by the ASSE Foundation Research Committee. The committee will obtain comments regarding the scientific merit of each fellowship proposal from peer reviewers at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety who are unaffiliated with the proposed work. The committee will favor applied safety/health research projects that have broad, mainstream appeal to the general membership of ASSE.