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Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity

The Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine is committed to fostering and supporting an inclusive and representative neuroscience research community. Diversity is vital to achieving excellence and innovation in scientific research. The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity seeks to support exceptional scholars who bring a diversity of perspectives, identities, and backgrounds to academic research, including those from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences. This Fellowship will support up to two years of postdoctoral research in the neurosciences at Yale University, including salary, benefits, and a research allowance. Postdoctoral fellows will join a nurturing community that promotes scientific excellence through mentorship, training, and professional development.

Important Dates

Please submit all application materials, including letters of reference, at this link: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The postdoctoral research is anticipated to begin within one year of the application date.


The fellowship will support a salary starting at $55,000, and standard postdoctoral employee benefits for up to two years. An additional $20,000 allowance can support relevant research and travel expenses, including up to $3,000 toward relocation.


  • Candidates must be current residents of the United States.
  • Candidates must have completed their doctoral degree no more than two years prior to the fellowship start date.
  • Candidates who are not currently at Yale are strongly encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral scholars who have been at Yale for less than one year at the time of application are eligible.
  • Candidates must contact and attain sponsorship from the Yale faculty mentor with whom they will conduct neuroscience research.

Application Procedure

Prior to applying, please identify and contact the Yale faculty member with whom you would like to complete your postdoctoral research. Eligible faculty are affiliated with the Yale Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. Their written support is required for application submission.

Application Form

Curriculum Vitae

Please provide a current CV, including publications that are in print, pending, or deposited in public repositories, such as bioRxiv.

Personal Statement - Please include a one-page personal statement to address the following:

  • Research experience and major accomplishment(s).
  • Statement describing how your unique experiences will contribute to a diversity of perspectives, identities, and backgrounds.
  • Your future goals

Research Plan

  • A two-page research plan, excluding references.
  • An additional page with figures may be included.

Letters of Reference

  • The thesis advisor should provide a letter to address the quality and originality of the candidate’s research and their potential for a career in academia.
  • One person familiar with the candidate should provide a letter speaking to the candidate’s research experience, qualifications, and aspirations.

Letter of Faculty Sponsorship (max two pages)

The sponsoring Yale faculty mentor should provide a letter of support to address the candidate’s qualifications and proposed research projects. The letter should discuss the candidate’s potential contributions to the mentor’s research program, how the mentor will foster the development and advancement of the candidate, and the mentor’s ability to support the candidate’s effort and research beyond the two-year fellowship.