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Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity: August 1

May 22, 2012, Volume 58, No. 34

The Senior Vice Provost for Research in partnership with Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs and the Deans have established a program, Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania, to encourage a broad spectrum of candidates to pursue careers in academia.

The Academic Diversity Fellowship Program seeks to attract promising scholars and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse groups whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to the University’s academic excellence. The fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at the University and seek to attract graduate students from Penn and other institutions who have completed, or will complete their requirements for PhD by their start date. In addition, postdoctoral scholars from other institutions who have completed their dissertation within the last three years are eligible. Persons with professional degrees (such as MD, DMD, VMD, JD) who are within a year of completing their post-degree professional training from Penn and other institutions will also be considered. Postdoctoral research fellows who are already at Penn are not eligible. Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents. Postdocs, residents and fellows who currently have a position at Penn are ineligible for this program.

Fellows receive a stipend of $43,000 in year 1 with $2,000 increments in years 2 and 3, as well as annual allowances for travel ($2,000) and research ($5,000), and a one-time relocation expense of $5,000. The University also provides a medical, vision, dental and life insurance benefits package. Successful candidates will receive highly mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university.

The application deadline is August 1, 2012. Complete details about the program can be found at www.upenn.edu/research/research_site/postdoc_diversity.html

Almanac - May 22, 2012, Volume 58, No. 34