The Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services, with support from the Vice President for Research & Innovation and the Vice Dean for Basic Science, is pleased to announce the 2023 Postdoctoral Awards for Professional Development. These awards provide reimbursement for activities that directly enhance the postdoc's professional growth, including conference attendance, workshop attendance, educational courses, and other professional development activities. Applicants with creative ideas for reaching their professional development goals are encouraged to apply. The awards are open to full-time postdocs in all disciplines. Each recipient will receive an award of up to $1000. A limited number of awards will be given in 2023.
The application deadline is Weds Feb 22 at 12 noon. Awards will be announced Weds Mar 22 on the Duke Postdoctoral Services website and email list.
- Applicants must be in one of the two Duke postdoctoral job categories: Postdoctoral Associate (job code 3820) or Postdoctoral Scholar (job code 2898). Applications will not be accepted from non-postdoctoral employment designations such as Visiting Scholar, Research Associate Senior, Research Scientist, Visiting Assistant Professor, etc.
- Postdocs are only eligible to receive one Professional Development Award during their time at Duke.
- Postdocs may submit only one application per award cycle.
- Awards cannot be used for computers or other personal electronic devices.
- Awards are not meant to supplement PIs' budgets, nor should the awards be treated as an opportunity to purchase miscellaneous items, such as books or lab supplies, that are not directly relevant to the proposal.
- Awards are for up to $1000. Partial funding may be awarded at the discretion of the awards committee.
- The award funds must be expended while the applicant is still employed as a postdoc at Duke.
- Funds must be expended between Mar 22, 2023, and Mar 22, 2024.
- Awards will not be made retroactively, such as for travel completed prior to date of application.
- Funds will be reimbursed once the entire sum has been expended. All original receipts, records, and similar financial documentation relating to award expenditures must be presented to the Office of Postdoctoral Services. If appropriate documentation is not provided, the award will be rescinded. An award is a reimbursement for expenditures, not a cash bonus, and will not be given as a lump sum to awardees.
- At the time of reimbursement, the awardee must be in Postdoctoral Associate or Postdoctoral Scholar status (i.e., still employed at Duke).
- Funds must be expended as outlined in the application and budget. Because award decisions are based upon the original application, the award may not be used for any purpose other than that originally proposed. If the postdoc is not accepted to a competitive workshop; decides that s/he would prefer to attend a different conference than originally proposed; conference/workshop is cancelled or rescheduled due to COVID or other reasons; receives additional funds that cover the cost; or otherwise changes his/her plans due to personal or professional reasons, the award will be rescinded.
Applications must consist of the following, submitted as one PDF. Please follow instructions exactly, or your application may be disqualified.
- Cover letter (no more than 1 page; see instructions below).
- CV/resume, including a service and leadership section if applicable (no more than 2 pages).
- Statement of financial need and a detailed budget (no more than 1 page). In the budget, include all costs (e.g., registration, transportation, lodging, meals, and any other anticipated expenses), not only the portion that may be covered by this award. If funding is also being provided by the faculty mentor, institutional allowance, or similar source, or if such funding is an option, this must be noted.
The cover letter should include:
- A brief (one paragraph) description of the applicant's research topic and its significance.
- Number of years as a postdoc at Duke.
- A description of the applicant's career goal: note that both traditional academic careers and careers beyond academia are supported by these awards.
- A description of how the award will further the applicant's career goals.
- If the application is for a conference/workshop, the applicant must provide the conference/workshop name, location, dates, and conference/workshop URL.
- If the applicant will be presenting at a conference, the cover letter must specify the type of presentation (eg, keynote, oral, abstract, poster). If the applicant does not plan to present or has not yet been accepted to present, this must be noted in the cover letter. Please note that while networking at a conference is a valuable activity, this is probably not sufficient justification to merit an award.
Email application materials in one PDF to: Molly Starback, Director of Postdoctoral Services, at email@example.com and cc to Mark Mathison, Staff Assistant for Postdoctoral Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find other funding opportunities and grantwriting tools, please visit the Duke Office of Research Support Funding Opportunities, Duke Office of Campus Research Development, Duke Office of Research Initiatives, and MyResearchPath.
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