At the University of Notre Dame, the Society of Science Fellows is a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program established by the Dean of the College of Science to support highly motivated and accomplished individuals who represent the best of the next generation of scientists. These prestigious fellowships are designed for early stage scientists who are bound for research intensive careers in research universities, institutes or industries. The Society Fellows will be initially appointed for two years, receive a stipend corresponding to the NRSA NIH pay scale for postdoctoral fellows and individualized support from College of Science Director of Postdoctoral Studies. Each fellow will work with the director of postdoctoral studies to identify a suitable primary research mentor from the five departments in the College of Science. Additional co-mentors can also be appointed, and must have an appointment at the University of Notre Dame. The primary research mentor will provide research space and supplies.
Monetary support will be coupled with faculty mentoring, professional development, and networking opportunities. The Society Fellows will have an independent mentoring committee to review their progress and discuss future plans every six months. A sum of $10,000 will be placed under the control of the fellow to cover expenses related to attending scientific meetings, training and professional development, and their research endeavors. The fellow will participate in the College of Science Postdoctoral Training program, a curriculum that enhances our postdoc’s research skills, career development, and social and personal skills, where they will learn how to apply and obtain a job, how to set up an independent laboratory, and develop a short- and long-term plans to be a successful faculty member or scientist. Our goal is to train our postdoctoral fellows through workshops, panel discussions, seminars, and networking opportunities designed to advance lab management skills, grantsmanship, communication, academic and industry career exploration, as well as work/life and cultural considerations throughout the year. Moreover, the fellows will participate in a rigorous grant writing workshop for transition awards and fellowships. The Society Fellows are encouraged to apply for both internal and external funding to continue their research at Notre Dame. The Society Fellows also have opportunities to teach at the University of Notre, Holy Cross College, Saint Mary’s College, or Indiana University South Bend.
Applicants should have successfully completed a doctoral degree no earlier than December 2020. Earlier dates can be accepted if maternity or paternity leave, or FMLA leave occurred within the past two years.
A complete application form through the application portal
Instructions for applying to the Society of Science Fellows in the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame:
Please include in a single PDF file named FirstLastName.PDF (Example: DianaPrince.PDF):
- A cover letter including: the motivation for your application, how this fellowship will further your career goals, and your research interests at Notre Dame.
- An outline describing your previous accomplishments and future professional objectives (one page).
- Proposed research project and aims (one page).
- Identification of primary mentor and co-mentors, and rationale for selecting mentors (up to one page) Please see the following links for more information on faculty: Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy
- Your curriculum vitae.
- Three references (email addresses and names) from whom we can request letters of recommendation to be sent on your behalf.
Timeline: Submission Deadline: April 30, 2023, Decision: by June 1, 2023. Potential start dates after July 1, 2023.
Please direct questions to [email protected].
The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).