The Postdoctoral Awards for Professional Development application period has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The awards will be re-announced at a future date.
The Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services, with support from the Vice Provost for Research and the Vice Dean for Basic Sciences, is pleased to announce the 2020 Postdoctoral Awards for Professional Development. These awards are designed to support postdocs' professional development needs by providing reimbursement for activities that directly enhance the individual's professional growth. Such activities include, but are not limited to, conference travel, workshop attendance, and purchase of lab materials.
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 2020. The application deadline is Wednesday March 25 at 12 noon. Awards will be announced Friday April 24 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, 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 April 25, 2020, and April 24, 2021.
- 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, 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 document. 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 3 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.
The cover letter should include:
- A brief description of the applicant's research topic and its significance.
- The applicant's total years as a postdoc and the number of years spent at Duke.
- A description of the applicant's career goals, and immediate plans to reach those goals.
- A proposed use for the award funds, and a specific description of how the activity/activities will further the applicant's career goals.
- If the application is for a conference, the applicant must provide the conference name, location, and dates (including conference URL if available); and what s/he will be presenting or plans to present (oral, abstract, poster, or other materials). If the applicant does not plan to present or has not yet been accepted to present, this must be specifically noted in the cover letter.
Application materials should be emailed to Molly Starback, Director of Postdoctoral Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc'ed to Mark Mathison, Staff Assistant for Postdoctoral Services, at email@example.com. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 12 noon. Questions? Email Molly Starback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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