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The University of Kentucky Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The University of Kentucky Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

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The University of Kentucky calls applications for University Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in the United States of America. The University Research Postdoctoral Fellowship for individuals training in disciplines with limited gender diversity.


Since 1990, the Office of the Vice President for Research has supported two postdoctoral fellowship programs with the primary goal of diversifying the pipeline of candidates qualified to become academic leaders in their fields. These programs support the stipend, plus benefits, for the fellows along with some funds for their research career development. Because a major goal of these fellowships is to prepare the fellows to be competitive for faculty positions, we will be enhancing the research development activities associated with these awards.

The University of Kentucky Postdoctoral Research Fellowship recipients will pursue an individualized research program under the mentorship of one or more UK professors and actively participate in departmental and professional research-related activities. In addition, a series of research career development activities will be available which are designed to enhance the fellow’s competitiveness for a future faculty position.


  • Applicants must be eligible to compete for federally-funded postdoctoral grants. This includes the eligibility requirement that, by the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully eligible for permanent residence.
  • They also must have completed the doctoral degree within the past two years, or longer with justification, or will complete the doctoral degree before the date of appointment. Applicants who do not have a prior or present postdoctoral appointment at the UK preferred.
  • Applicants with their terminal degree in UK should have affiliation with a research group other than the one in which they did their prior research to expand their research experience.

Selection Criteria

  • Evidence of scholarship with competitive potential for a tenure-track faculty appointment at a research university.
  • Quality of the fellowship proposal and the fit with the research interests of the candidate’s chosen mentor(s).
  • Strong support from mentor(s), department chair, and references.
  • A compelling argument is that the appointment would contribute to increasing the diversity within the candidate’s discipline.

The University of Kentucky (UK or UKY) is a public research university in Lexington, Kentucky. Additionally, founded in 1865 by John Bryan Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, the university is one of the state’s two land-grant universities (the other being Kentucky State University) and the institution with the highest enrollment in the state, with 30,545 students as of fall 2019.

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
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OrganizerThe University of Kentucky



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