Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoc applications being accepted now! Application deadline is noon on February 15, 2022

Postdoctoral fellowships provide funding for up to 3 years for talented PhDs engaged in craniofacially-relevant research or professionals (MD, DDS, etc.) enrolled in a PhD program. Fellows must devote full-time effort to basic science research during the fellowship; clinical research and clinical pratice are not supported. Applicants must identify a research interest and find a faculty mentor prior to applying for a MinnCResT Fellowship.

Postdoctoral fellowships provide a stipend, course and registration fees, health insurance, and research-related supply and travel funds. Stipends are assigned based on years of experience as specified by the NIH and the MinnCResT grant. Stipend levels are current and consistent with NIH guidelines, but are subject to change each year. The NIH Grants Policy Statement is the final authority on the terms and conditions of stipends.

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Requirements and milestones

Postdoctoral fellows spend the bulk of their time conducting research in their mentors' labs.

The MinnCResT Program’s mission is to train the next generation of independent investigators exploring questions in craniofacial, dental, and oral health research. All trainees, regardless of research focus, are required to pursue coursework and professional development activities that meet the program's mission. Postdoctoral trainees are expected to:

  • Attend monthly MinnCResT seminars;
  • Annually submit updated CV with annual activity report, addressing progress towards these benchmarks;
  • Audit at least 6 credits in Oral Biology (or equivalent);
  • Enroll for 6 graduate credits in the Preparing Future Faculty course sequence (GRAD 8101 and GRAD 8102);
  • Participate in a 1-month industrial internship or mentor a student through a 10-week research project;
  • Complete a draft of one research article for submission to a peer-refereed journal by the end of the first fellowship year, with the goal of submitting two papers over a three-year period;
  • Present research at a national/international professional meeting once a year;
  • Present research at an AADR or IADR meeting or NIDCR T32 fellows’ poster session at least once during fellowship;
  • Draft and submit a NIH F, K, or R series (or similar) research proposal;
  • By the end of the second fellowship year, present a seminar or lecture at one college or university seeking new faculty or in response to a job posting;
  • By the end of the third fellowship year, apply and receive an offer to transition from postdoctoral fellow to faculty or advanced career-track position.

How to apply

Applications are accepted when funding slots become available. Contact the MinnCResT Program office for more information.

Applications must be made via email. Your application must include the following:

  • Application Cover Sheet (Word document)
  • Cover Letter. Briefly introduce your research and career goals, your reasons for applying, and how your work aligns with the MinnCResT Program’s mission.
  • Statement of goals (1 to 2 pages). Describe how you became interested in your area of research, your relevant experiences, your career ambitions, and how this fellowship will advance your goals. 
  • CV or Resume
  • Research proposal (2-3 pages). Describe the research question you would like to pursue with fellowship support. Explain why the question is important and/or significant and its relevance to craniofacial, oral, and/or dental health. Describe in detail specific strategies or experimental plans to address the question.
  • Three letters of recommendation (sent directly from the evaluators to [email protected]). Letters should describe the applicant'’s potential to become an independent scientist or investigator; intellectual aptitude for problem solving, creative thinking, and the scientific method, offering specific examples in support; and potential to teach and achieve an academic career.
  • Transcripts from all universities/colleges attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts will be required at the time of award. NOTE: If you plan to submit a University of Minnesota transcript, please contact us. We can save you the cost of an official transcript.

Application materials for the MinnCResT Program should be e-mailed to [email protected] in a single .pdf file, if possible. We strongly encourage you to contact us before submitting your application; we can help you!

Applications will be reviewed after all materials have been received.

For more information, contact the MinnCResT program at [email protected] or 612-626-4483.