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Academic Pathways FAQ

The most frequently asked questions pertaining to the Academic Pathways program are listed below.

Don't see the answer to your question?  For questions and additional information regarding Academic Pathways, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Yes. You can apply while still a degree candidate but must complete your degree before the fellowship begins.

If you are not a US citizen you must hold an advanced degree from an institution in the United States to be eligible to apply. 

Yes. However, preference will be given to non-Vanderbilt University applicants.

When prompted to select your primary host school preference, please select the Vanderbilt School/College and academic department/program that would be best suited as your academic home. This will typically be the same school and department as the faculty member that you identified as a potential primary mentor.

Ask your recommender to check their spam folder as the email may have been treated as spam. In Interfolio, under the letters on the left side menu, you can resend the letters as well. If they still cannot find the email, you should contact Interfolio support, who can assist with account creation.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to research and career goals that are consistent with the following school’s research foci and faculty expertise:

  • College of Arts & Science
  • Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Peabody College of Education and Human Development
  • School of Divinity
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Law
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Medicine
Because of the importance of a scholarly fit between applicants and faculty, it is important that you identify the specific faculty that you would like to collaborate with if your application is selected. You are welcome to contact faculty via email to discuss common scholarly interests.
While the fellowship is awarded in March, the start date is somewhat flexible, with most people arriving on campus between July and September. If selected, a firm start date will be determined following acceptance of the position in consultation with your mentor.
No, we do not currently require an English language proficiency test.

Technical questions related to the submission portal/application system should be directed to Interfolio Technical Support. Non-technical questions can be directed to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

If you are selected as a fellow, your home department at Vanderbilt in consultation with the appropriate Vanderbilt immigration office will be responsible for working with you regarding the necessary immigration documents.