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The Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship program at Vanderbilt is a research/mentorship program that is designed to bridge fellows between academic training and entry-level faculty positions. The program includes teaching and leadership training, grant and manuscript writing and preparation, a multi-level mentoring framework, as well as substantial “protected time” for the pursuit of each fellow’s academic and scholarly objectives.

The Academic Pathways program is open to all programs of study within the 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 Medicine and School of Nursing.

Fellows receive an annual stipend of $60,000 for two years along with benefits, travel funding, and a research allowance. The application window is October 1st - November 1st, with applications reviewed on a rolling basis during the month of October. More information on the program can be found on the OPA website.

Application requirements:

Cover Letter

  • Because of the importance of a scholarly fit between applicants and faculty, applicants should identify specific faculty, laboratories and/or groups that they would like to collaborate with, if selected. Applicants are welcome to contact faculty via email to discuss common scholarly interests. 
  • Maximum length: 1 page

Curriculum Vitae

  • A current curriculum vitae. 

Dissertation Summary and Other Recent Scholarly Endeavors

  • Applicants should summarize their dissertation and other recent scholarly endeavors. A statement of planned research is not requested at this time. Finalists, will work with their prospective hosts during an onsite interview to formulate a research concept.
  • Maximum length: 3 pages (single spaced)

Personal Statement

  • Applicants should describe why they are interested in this opportunity; for example, career aspirations, relevant leadership experience, relevant experiences in diversity and inclusion efforts and other key points for the committee to consider.
  • Maximum length: 3 pages (single spaced)

Writing Sample (humanities applicants only)

  • An article- or chapter-length sample of written work representative of the applicants scholarly research.
  • Maximum length: 20 pages (or 40 pages double spaced)

Letters of Recommendation

  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required and up to four letters may be submitted. Note: Applicants must submit their application before reference letters can be submitted. Instructions are sent to your recommenders.
  • The deadline for submitted reference letters is November 4, 2018, at 11:59 PM Central.

Online Application Form

Finalists will be required to visit Vanderbilt in late February and meet with faculty and students from prospective host departments to present their work, exchange ideas and develop a research concept. The on-campus visit will conclude with a capstone symposium, including research presentations by finalists and a brief summary of a collaborative research concept.

Email questions and requests for additional information to Academic Pathways.

Katherine Clements, PhD
Phone: (615) 343-0844
2018-09-05 14:21:21

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