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Vanderbilt University Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowships in USA, 2019

Vanderbilt University Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowships in USA, 2019

­Vanderbilt University is seeking applicants to apply for its Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowships for International students in the USA. The program focuses on preparing postdoctoral scholars with diverse backgrounds and experiences and includes leadership training, grant and manuscript writing and preparation, and a multi-level mentoring framework, as well as substantial “protected time” for the pursuit of each fellow’s academic and scholarly objectives.

The Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship program is a research/mentorship program administered by the Graduate School that is designed to bridge fellows between academic training and entry-level faculty positions.



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Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a private research university offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. It was named in honor of shipping and rail magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided the school with its initial $1 million endowments despite having never been to the South.


  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue Postdoctoral program.
  • Study Subject: The Academic Pathways program is open to all programs of study within the College of Arts & Science, Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, School of Divinity, School of Engineering, School of Law, and School of Medicine.
  • Award: Academic Pathways Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $60,000 for two to three years (depending on academic discipline) along with benefits, travel funding, and a research allowance.
  • Number of Awards: Not Known
  • Nationality: NA
  • The award can be taken in the USA


  • Eligible Countries: International students are eligible to apply for this application program.
  • Entrance Requirements: Academic Pathways welcomes proposals from all eligible individuals; no person shall be excluded from participation on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin or disability. External applicants (i.e., non-Vanderbilt) will be given priority consideration.
  • This application is open to individuals pursuing or holding a doctorate degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., etc.) and/or a law degree (J.D.). Applicants will typically have received their graduate degree within the last 3 years. All applicants who are offered a fellowship must provide proof of degree completion before the start of the fellowship.
  • International applicants must hold a graduate degree from an institution in the United States. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to research and career goals that are consistent with the following school’s research foci and faculty expertise and must have strong professional aspirations for faculty positions within the academy. The following Vanderbilt colleges and schools are participants in the program:
  • English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

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Application Procedure:

How to Apply: Each of the following components are required in order to be considered a complete application.

Online Application Form

See below for the link to the application. Please note that the application will not be made available until the open date.

Cover Letter

Because of the importance of a scholarly fit between applicants and faculty, identify specific faculty, laboratories and/or groups you would like to collaborate with if selected. You are welcome to contact faculty via email to discuss common scholarly interests. See Eligibility Criteria for a list of participating Vanderbilt colleges and schools.

Maximum length: 1 page

Curriculum Vitae

A current curriculum vitae which must include publications.

Dissertation Summary and Other Recent Scholarly Endeavors

Summarize your dissertation and other recent scholarly endeavors. A statement of the planned research is not requested at this time. If you are selected as a finalist, you will work with your prospective hosts to formulate a research concept.

Maximum length: 3 pages (single-spaced)

Personal Statement

Describe why you are interested in this opportunity; for example, career aspirations, relevant leadership experience, relevant experiences in diversity and inclusion efforts and other key points for the committee to consider.

Maximum length: 3 pages (single-spaced)

Writing Sample (humanities applicants only)

An article- or chapter-length sample of written work representative of your scholarly research.

Maximum length: 20 pages (or 40 pages double spaced)

Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required. You may submit up to four letters. Note: You must submit your application before your reference letters can be submitted. Instructions are sent to your recommenders.

If you are selected as a finalist, you will be required to visit Vanderbilt and meet with faculty and students from prospective host departments to exchange ideas and develop a research concept. Your visit will conclude with a capstone symposium, including research presentations by finalists and a brief summary of a collaborative research concept.


Application to the Academic Pathways Program may be made electronically

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