Provost's Postdoctoral Program - Duke University in Durham North Carolina

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Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

United States

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Duke University Provost's Postdoctoral Program

The 2006 strategic plan at Duke University, Making a Difference, upholds diversity as a core value of our institution. Not only does broadly-defined diversity at our university best prepare our students for a global world, a robust learning environment can occur only when people of different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups and experiences are brought together to exchange ideas. Duke recognizes that we need to continue our efforts to enhance diversity in our student and faculty populations, as well as in leadership positions. To that end, the Provost created the Provost's Postdoctoral Program in 2007, with competitive postdoctoral research appointments for two years. The goal of the program is to increase the diversity of scholars who have potential for becoming tenure track faculty at Duke University or peer institutions, particularly in fields where there are fewer women and/or underrepresented minorities. Postdoctoral awardees are expected to devote their full efforts to research, and may teach a maximum of one course per year.

Eligibility: Completion of doctoral degree between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2015. The Program is limited to US citizens and permanent residents. Academic excellence, prior record of accomplishments, potential to bring diverse ideas to Duke University and to interact successfully with a broad range of differences among faculty and students, and the identification and willingness of the sponsoring mentor, will form the major selection criteria. Preference will be given to individuals who receive PhD at an institution other than Duke University.

Appointment and Salary: Individuals will be appointed as Postdoctoral Associates (see Postdoctoral Policy,, and should be prepared to start the position between July 1 and August 31, 2015. Starting salary is based on the NIH recommended postdoctoral salaries commensurate with the experience of the candidate. An additional $5000 will be available to enhance the research experience, such as travel, registration and expenses associated with attending professional meetings or workshops, membership dues for professional societies, and journal subscriptions.

Fields of Discipline: Any discipline available at Duke University, but preference will be given to those where other options for postdoctoral funding are limited.

Application and Notification Schedule: All materials must be submitted to the Academic Jobs Online website,, by Friday, January 23, 2015. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. All candidates will be notified of our decisions no later than March 15, 2015.


Required Application Materials:

  • Cover letter to include: personal statement of the applicant's reasons for applying and potentially for selection; a declaration that the applicant is a US citizen or permanent resident; the candidate's (anticipated) date of PhD; and name of Duke mentor(s)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research plans and goals
  • Sample publications and/or dissertation materials – 30 page limit
  • Supporting letter from the proposed mentor(s) at Duke University
  • Three letters of recommendation


Questions may be directed to:
Susan M. Jones, Office of the Provost
Duke University –

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Keyword Phrases

  • Completion of doctoral degree
  • US Citizens and permanent residents
  • Academic Excellence
  • to increase the diversity of scholars
  • devote full efforts to research
  • Duke faculty sponsor/proposed mentor
  • 3 reference letters
Employment Type:Post-Doc and Graduate Assistants
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Post - Doctorate
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Best if Apply By 1/23/2015