Postdoctoral PhD Fellowships (post-DDS)

Postdoctoral PhD fellowships are available and annually renewable for up to 3 years for applicants with the DDS or equivalent degree. Apply using the instructions on the left for postdoctoral fellowships.

Postdoctoral PhD fellowship applicants must identify a research interest and find a faculty mentor prior to applying for a MinnCResT Fellowship.

Postdoctoral PhD fellowships provide a stipend, course and registration fees, health insurance (including family coverage), and research-related supply and travel funds. Stipends are assigned based on years of experience as specified by the NIH and MinnCResT Program guidelines. Consistent with NIH guidelines, stipend levels are subject to change each year. The NIH Grants Policy Statement is the final authority on the terms and conditions of stipends.


Postdoctoral PhD fellows complete the PhD in Oral Biology. The PhD in Oral Biology is primarily a research degree and the thesis research constitutes a major part of the student’s program. The program is designed to ensure that graduates will develop the capability to initiate independent research programs in important areas of oral biology. Most students execute projects that advance mechanistic understanding. Clinical studies, or studies involving adaptation of existing technologies to a dental problem, are not regarded as appropriate major projects in this program. All requirements of the PhD degree may be found here.


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 (this requirement may be waived for post-DDS PhD students due to time constraints);
  • 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.