The UMN President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program builds on a multi-institutional partnership

Friday, September 29, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative to attract talent to our campuses. The University of Minnesota President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program builds on a newly established institutional collaboration with the Partnership for Faculty Diversity, a national effort anchored by the University of California (UC) and the University of Michigan. This collaborative effort supports new scholars in their teaching, research, and service and contributes to institutional equity and diversity in higher education. It is the outgrowth of a longstanding UC initiative that has encouraged outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers.

Through this presidential initiative, Minnesota joins a distinguished network of partner institutions that has included the 10-campus University of California (UC) system, three UC-affiliated national laboratories, the University of Michigan, the University of Colorado, Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Maryland. Carnegie-Mellon University and Minnesota are the two newest partners.

The University of Minnesota President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to provide new scholars of all academic disciplines an opportunity to become more competitive candidates for tenure-track faculty appointments. The program will provide postdoctoral fellowship opportunities, coupled with faculty mentoring, professional development, and academic networking opportunities. The program will be hosted by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Office for Equity and Diversity.

I thank professors Sean Garrick, Michael Goh, Carrie Wilmot, and Marlene Zuk for their leadership in bringing this program to our university system. They will work with a steering committee of faculty and administrators to advance this effort.

I invite you to read more about the University of Minnesota President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program here, and then please consider how your unit might participate and promote this program and thus enrich our vibrant University community and our future faculty.


Karen Hanson
Executive Vice President and Provost

This message was originally sent to the AEL email group on Sept. 27


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