How To Apply

How to Apply

Individuals interested in applying to the Postdoctoral Fellowship program must first contact a mentor to discuss common areas of research interest and potential projects. The fellowship application is developed by the applicant in consultation with the mentor. The current call for applicants is now closed.  A new call for 2019 Fellowships will be announced in December 2018.

Selection Process

All applicants are nominated by a prospective Mentor and complete a SKERI  Postdoctoral Fellowship Application attaching a complete current Curriculum Vitae, detailing the planned research and all relevant work experience. The Fellowship Committee ranks the applications based upon the following criteria:

1. Scientific Merit of Proposal: Reflects the scientific merit of the research proposal and the relatedness of the research to SKERI's mission.

2. Qualifications of Candidate: Reflects the candidate's research experience, letters of reference and publications.

3. Career Development: Reflects what the Fellow will gain from this experience.

4. Institution: Reflects what SKERI will gain from the fellow’s participation.

5. Prior Usage of Program: Reflects the amount of previous fellowship support the mentor has received.

Rankings are based upon a scale of 1-5 for each category, where one is the highest possible score and averaged to form a single rank for each application.

Finalists may be invited for an interview on Skype.

Period of Support

Fellowship awards at SKERI are limited to a maximum of two years duration except upon specific appeal to, and subsequent recommendation by, the Fellowship Committee with agreement from the SKERI Council.

The initial award is usually for 12 months. Subsequent periods of approved fellowship training and education are contingent on scientific progress, and efforts to apply for external funding, and availability of funds. Fellowships of shorter periods are considered on an equal footing with those for the full two years.

Requests for additional time or a break in time must be strongly justified. Such events include sudden loss of the Mentor’s services, accident, illness, or other personal situations which prevent the fellow from pursuing research training and education in an effective manner for a significant period of time.

Terms and Conditions:

All awards are made with the proviso that the second year of continued support is contingent upon appropriate progress and efforts to apply for external funds. In order to foster maximum efficacy of the fellowship program, each fellow is required to apply for external funding during the first year of their fellowship. Assistance in applying for external support is available from the SKERI Research Administration Office. (Click here for information on International Fellowship Opportunities.)

1. In the unlikely event of a difficulty that may arise during the Fellowship period, the matter should be promptly discussed with the Mentor. If the problem involves the Mentor the matter should be discussed with the Chair of the Fellowship Committee. If the Mentor is the Chair, the matter should be brought to the Executive Director for resolution.

2. Approval of employment outside of SKERI, during regular Fellowship hours, is at the discretion of the Mentor and must meet all appropriate internal guidelines, and external guidelines in the case of outside funding of the fellowship.

3. Publications and presentation of scientific discoveries by awardees are governed by the same policies that apply to employees of SKERI. Fellows are required to sign SKERI’s annual Conflict of Interest statement.