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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Program
Beginning in 2014, the University of Colorado Boulder joins 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.
Candidates in all fields are evaluated by faculty reviewers in their own fields and in related fields. Faculty reviewers will evaluate candidates according to their academic accomplishments, the strength of their research proposal, and their potential for faculty careers that will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity through their 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 Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research where the final selections will be determined.
In evaluating the candidates’ 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 are encouraged to address these points as appropriate in their Research Statement.)
Faculty review committees may give less consideration to applicants who:
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.
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 Postdoctoral Association of Colorado workshops.
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. 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, departments that are interested in considering applicants for faculty appointments should contact the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs for information about process (email@example.com).
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 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.
Please note: It is expected that departments and faculty mentors will make appropriate arrangements for space and other necessary resources.
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:
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 (email site).
Appointments 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.
Renewal 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. 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.
Expectations 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.