The Vice Chancellor and Dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is open to outstanding scholars who will contribute to the culture of inclusive excellence within the College, and at Texas A&M University. The program is seeking applicants with an understanding of the experiences of historically underrepresented scholars in higher education, or those from a non-traditional academic pathway. Proposed service, professional development, or research activities should focus on underserved populations, addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society, or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, LGBTQ+ identity, or disability.
The Fellowship Program will provide a competitive salary, faculty mentoring, and professional development opportunities. Funding will be provided for 12 months, with the potential for a 12-month renewal; up to 10 Fellows will be supported.
Applicants will be within 5 years of obtaining their Ph.D. and will be required to submit the following materials.
- Identify the specific Fellowship opportunity you are applying for
- Thesis/Dissertation Abstract (1 page)
- Research, Service, and Professional Development Proposal (up to 1,500 words, not including citations)
- Education and Background Statement (up to 1,000 words) describing your background and contributions, or planned contributions, to inclusive excellence.
- Curriculum vitae
- Sample publication or unpublished paper
- Names, affiliation, and contact details for 3 individuals willing to provide a letter of reference on request
Faculty mentors should be tenured Associate or Full Professors with a well-funded and internationally recognized research program. Faculty mentors should provide a brief description (500 words) of their research program, along with a laboratory website address that will be included in the program advertisement. In addition to a full CV, a mentoring statement (1000 words) should also be included that describes the support and experiences that will be provided to the fellow. A letter of support (1000 words) from the Department Head should be included that describes how the fellow may fit into future faculty hiring plans, and the support that the department will provide to the fellow in terms of space, resources, and integration into faculty and departmental activities.
Faculty mentors will be evaluated by a college committee on the strength of their research program, mentoring statement, demonstrated or potential commitment to inclusive excellence, and the support available through the faculty and department.
Applicants will be evaluated by a committee comprised of faculty within and outside of the proposed field of research. The evaluation criteria will include service, professional development, and research activities to determine the candidates’ potential to contribute to inclusive excellence throughout their academic career.
Less consideration may be given to applicants who: currently hold tenure-track appointments; have significant postdoctoral experiences typical of competitive tenure-track candidates in their field; or propose to work in the department in which they received their Ph.D., or currently hold a postdoctoral appointment with the proposed mentor. Applicants in any of these situations should address this in their application materials.
NOTE: Any offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check, demonstration of authorization to work in the United States, and verification of degree(s).