Foerster-Bernstein Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Office of the Provost is pleased to present a postdoctoral opportunity for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.  The Foerster-Bernstein Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - made available through the generous support of Claire Foerster, Trinity Class of 1987, and her husband, Dan Bernstein - funds women researchers in STEM fields for one-year postdoctoral fellowships. The Foerster-Bernstein Postdoctoral Fellowships are targeted to women scientists, and each Fellow will work in the research lab of a woman Duke faculty member in a STEM field.

2018-19 Fellows and Mentors

2018-19 Fellow: Jiuya Wang, PhD and Mentor: Lillian Peirce, PhD, Associate Professor of Mathematics

2018-19 Fellow: Dolores Irala, PhD and Mentor: Cagla Eroglu, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology & Neurobiology

2017-18 Fellows and Mentors

2017-18 Fellow: Anne Marie Augustus, PhD and Mentor: Raluca Gordân, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

2017-18 Fellow: Rachel Johnston, PhD and Mentor: Jenny Tung, PhD, Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

2016-17 Fellows and Mentors

2016-17 Fellow: Brenda Betancourt, PhD and Mentor: Rebecca Steorts, PhD, Assistant Professor of Statistical Science

2016-17 Fellow: Subha Bakthavatsalam, PhD and Mentors: Katherine J. Franz, PhD, Professor of Chemistry and Tian Zhang, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine

2016-17 Fellow: Katie Baldwin, PhD and Mentor: Cagla Eroglu, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology

Application Process

As funding is available, an RFA will go out in the Fall of the same year.

Donor Background

This fellowship program was made possible through the generous support of Claire Foerster, Trinity Class of 1987, and her husband, Dan Bernstein.