About the Program
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is launching a beta test of a new Doctoral Graduate to Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship Program (the "Doc to Postdoc Program") in academic year 2022-23.
During this inaugural year (fall 2022-spring 2023), a total of 15 awards will be offered that will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful postdoctoral scholar appointments at UNLV for up to one year. Mentors, departments, and/or colleges may extend the postdoctoral scholar’s appointment beyond this program timeframe if they have the funds available to do so.
Note: A total of 10 awards were offered during the first cycle. A total of five awards will be offered for the second cycle.
The purpose of the Doc to Postdoc Fellowship Program is threefold:
- To provide an elevated opportunity for successful doctoral students who could defend their dissertation and graduate, but who are hesitant to do so because they have additional research work or scholarly opportunities to complete at UNLV. When we can move these doctoral graduates to completion and a postdoctoral scholar position, we improve doctoral time-to-degree and open a GA position for a new, incoming doctoral student.
- To encourage and support outstanding UNLV doctoral students who have demonstrated both potential and interest in furthering their careers as scholars and researchers, especially but not exclusively to promote diversity.
- To increase the number of postdoctoral scholars in the UNLV research ecosystem.
- Applications for a “Doc to Postdoc” position must be submitted by the mentor, and the postdoctoral scholar must be identified in the request for funding. These are not open-ended funding opportunities or direct awards to doctoral students or postdocs. Rather, they are specific requests from a faculty member to support a specific doctoral student to become a postdoctoral scholar.
- Students must submit a research summary outlining the proposed project. It must be significantly different from their doctoral dissertation research/project and must include a description of how a postdoctoral fellowship will advance their career.
- The postdoctoral scholar may be hired for one semester, two semesters, or a full year. The postdoctoral scholar may be retained longer than a year; but after 12 months, the Provost’s Office contribution will end.
- Shared costing model: The Provost’s Office will cover 50% of the minimum annual salary, and the sponsoring college/school is required to cover the remaining salary. The host department shall budget for the position, and Academic Resources will pay 50% of the minimum salary in payroll. More details will be provided to awardees. Note: PTI funds cannot be used as shared costing for this program.
- Minimum salary: The salary is $42,800 per year (mandatory minimum, prorated for appointments less than 12 months), plus fringe benefits. Departments are encouraged to pay a higher salary, but this postdoctoral fellowship program will cover 50% of this minimum rate only.
- Mandatory teaching: Postdoctoral scholars in this program will be expected to teach one three-credit course per semester as part of the postdoctoral work assignment. The assignment of a faculty teaching mentor is encouraged, and the proposed courses must be listed in the support letter from the Dean.