Welcome to the University of Colorado Boulder's Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program website. We hope this site provides the information you need about the new postdoctoral program offered at CU Boulder. After reviewing the materials here, if you have questions about this program, please contact us at cpfellows@colorado.edu.


In 2014, the University of Colorado Boulder joined in a collaborative partnership with the University of California and the University of Michigan to offer postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at CU Boulder. In this program, the University of Colorado Boulder offers postdoctoral research fellowships in all academic fields, coupled with faculty mentoring, professional development and academic networking opportunities.

The University of Colorado Boulder views these postdoctoral fellowships as providing an exceptional opportunity to recruit potential new faculty to the university by offering the possibility of either a postdoc alone or a combined postdoc and tenure-track faculty appointment.

The University seeks applicants whose creative work/research, teaching and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. The program is particularly interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

2016-2017 University of California Call for Applications


Applicants must obtain the sponsorship of a tenured faculty member other than their PhD dissertation advisor who is willing to serve as their primary mentor. 

DEADLINE: December 15, 2016. *Note, CU Boulder has a different deadline than other institutions.* For applications after the website deadline of December 15, 2016, email all materials and this information form to cpfellows@colorado.edu.

Please note: Late submissions are only accepted under extreme circumstances, and must include a justification of why the application cannot be submitted on time. 

Late Submission Form

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Late Submission form (only required for applications submitted after December 15, 2016), CV, references, mentor letter, research proposal, PhD abstract, department chair letter, education background statement and writing sample. See the Evaluation and Selection section for more information.

Please note: The online application system will open on September 1st, 2016.

APPLY HERE: ppfp.ucop.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Please also see the frequently asked questions for CU Boulder ApplicantsCU Boulder Department Chairs, and CU Boulder Faculty Mentors

Evaluation and Selection

Candidates in all fields are evaluated by faculty reviewers in their own and related fields. Faculty reviewers will evaluate candidates according to their academic accomplishments, the strength of their research proposals, and their potential for faculty careers that will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity through teaching, research and service. Faculty reviewers also may consider the mentor’s potential to work productively with the candidate and commitment to equity and diversity in higher education. Faculty reviewers will submit their recommendations to the Research & Innovation Office, where final selections will be determined.

In evaluating each candidate's potential to contribute to diversity and equal opportunity through their academic careers, faculty review committees may consider the following criteria:

Teaching and Service

(Applicants are encouraged to address these points in their Education Background Statement.)

  • Applicants who have the potential to contribute to higher education through their understanding of the barriers facing women, domestic minorities, students with disabilities, and other members of groups underrepresented in higher education careers, as evidenced by life experiences and educational background. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Ability to articulate the barriers facing women, racial minorities and other groups in fields where they are underrepresented;
    • Participation in higher education pipeline programs such as Summer Research Opportunity Programs or McNair Scholars;
    • Attendance at a minority serving institution.
  • Applicants with a record of academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities and other groups in fields where they are underrepresented;
  • Applicants with a record of leadership or significant experience performing public service addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society.


(Applicants are encouraged to address these points as appropriate in their Research Statement.)

  • Applicants with the potential to bring to their academic research the critical perspective that comes from their understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education or underserved by academic research generally;
  • Applicants in science, technology, engineering and math fields who can articulate how their research has the potential to serve the needs of groups that have been historically underserved by academic research;
  • Applicants who, in addition to their primary field of interest in math, science, engineering and technology fields, have the potential to make research contributions to understanding the barriers facing members of groups who have been historically underrepresented in these fields in higher education. For example:
    • Studying patterns of participation and advancement of women, racial minorities and other groups in academic fields where they are underrepresented;
    • Evaluating research programs, curricula and teaching strategies designed to enhance participation of students from groups underserved by higher education.
  • Applicants in any field who have research interests focused on underserved populations and understanding issues of racial or gender inequalities. For example:
    • Research that addresses issues such as race, gender, diversity and inclusion;
    • Research that addresses topics such as health disparities, educational access and achievement, political engagement, economic justice, social mobility, civil and human rights and other questions of interest to historically underrepresented groups;
    • Artistic expression and cultural productions that reflect culturally diverse communities or voices not well represented in the arts and humanities.

Faculty review committees may give less consideration to applicants who:

  • Currently hold tenure-track faculty appointments or have received faculty offers;
  • Have had significant postdoctoral experience;
  • Currently hold postdoctoral appointments with their proposed mentor.

Applicants in any of the three situations above should address their circumstances in their application (for example, an applicant who is staying in the same department due to family needs would be given full consideration).


Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents when the application is due will not be considered.

Expectations for Mentors and Host Departments

Faculty Mentors

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship mentors are usually tenured faculty who are expected to: (1) take an active role in helping the fellow plan and achieve his or her research goals; (2) assist the fellow in establishing a visible presence in department; (3) facilitate opportunities for the fellow to participate in national and international research meetings; (4) encourage the fellow to focus full-time on research and avoid other commitments such as teaching or outside employment; (5) assist the fellow in seeking opportunities to present papers or to interview for faculty positions at other doctoral-research extensive institutions; and (6) facilitate attendance at Office of Postdoctoral Affairs career development events and individual consultations.

The program encourages mentors to meet with their fellow at the beginning of the fellowship to discuss their working arrangements and consider appropriate long and short-term goals for the term of the fellowship, including encouraging the fellow to complete and providing feedback on an Individual Development Plan (IDP) (more information on this resource can be obtained from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Director, Leah Colvin, at leah.colvin@colorado.edu). The mentor should not expect to meet all of the fellow’s career development needs personally, but should provide an overall framework to ensure that the fellow has access to a broad academic network to support his or her work.

Mentors may also play an important role in advising fellows about the academic job market and making connections to related departments at other doctoral-research extensive institutions that may be interested in the fellow for a faculty appointment. At the University of Colorado Boulder, the expectation is that departments will consider applicants for faculty appointments, and should contact the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs for information about process (facultyaffairs@colorado.edu).

Host Departments

Host departments are encouraged to welcome the fellow into the department and make every effort to ensure that the fellow is included in communications about departmental colloquia, seminars and social events. Host departments are expected to provide the fellow with information about salary and benefits, and to administer the fellow’s research and professional travel funds. Host departments are expected to provide the fellow with access to appropriate office space and routine administrative support such as telephone lines, departmental mail services, libraries and technical support. Departments are expected to consider applicants for faculty appointments, and provide fellows with timely information regarding a future faculty appointment or reappointment for a second term as a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow.

Please note: It is expected that departments and faculty mentors will make appropriate arrangements for space and other necessary resources.

Teaching Policy

The Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to provide new scholars with time to focus on research and publishing activities that will enhance their prospects for appointment as a tenure-track faculty member. The terms of the fellowships do not allow teaching without prior approval from the faculty mentor and the program director. Teaching will be approved only if the opportunity appears to serve the fellow’s career development and only if it occurs at CU Boulder.

The program may approve teaching commitments under the following circumstances:

  1. The teaching involves a small, focused course (i.e. an upper division or graduate seminar) that is closely related to the fellow’s area of research;
  2. The fellow is in a field where teaching is expected to be part of postdoctoral fellowship appointments;
  3. The fellow has done little teaching and needs to add teaching experience in order to be competitive for tenure-track faculty appointments.

The program will not approve teaching responsibilities that will interfere with the time fellows need to devote to their research. The program would not look favorably at a request to teach a large introductory class or a request from a fellow who has significant prior teaching experience. Teaching at another institution is prohibited and may result in the loss of fellowship support.

All requests to teach must be submitted for approval to the faculty mentor and then to the fellowship program office for approval. Requests to the program office may be made by email (cpfellows@colorado.edu).

Terms of Appointment


The University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program awards three postdoctoral fellowships annually in all fields for research conducted under faculty sponsorship. The annual award provides postdoctoral fellows a salary of $50-60,000 per year, depending on the field and level of experience, and additional funds for research and professional development. The Chancellor’s Office support also includes enrollment in medical, dental and basic life insurance coverage while employed as a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow. It is expected that departments and faculty mentors will make appropriate arrangements for space and other necessary resources.


Each award is for a 12-month period. A renewal of the fellowship for an additional term may be granted upon demonstration of academic productivity and participation in program events. Application for an additional term will be submitted and considered concurrent to new applications. All renewal terms will terminate twelve months after the renewal date. If an awardee has received an offer for a tenure-track faculty position at another doctoral-research extensive institution at the time of selection or has other postdoctoral fellowship awards, the fellowship may be awarded for one year, without renewal.


Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to: (1) establish residence and participate in academic life at the campus of their postdoctoral appointment; (2) focus full-time on research and avoid other commitments, such as teaching or additional employment; (3) meet regularly with their faculty mentor; and (4) attend Postdoctoral Association of Colorado workshops.