Postdoctoral Pathway to Independence Award

One of the objectives of the Office of Postdoctoral Education is to facilitate postdocs’ timely transition to an independent career. Such transition on the part of a scholar requires early preparation, defining career objectives, supported by an understanding of the chosen area, productivity in terms of manuscripts, and independence demonstrated by fellowships(s) besides that of his/her thoughts. This award recognizes and encourages each individual with a Certificate of Pathway to Independence and a $1,500 check. The mentor is also recognized with a certificate. If an applicant is chosen, this award is presented during the during the Annual Seminar.

Please note that this is only awarded to exceptional and outstanding Postdocs and is not awarded every year.

Eligibility

Any UNMC postdoctoral scholar that fulfills all the requirements. This is a highly prestigious award is not necessarily given out every year.

Requirements

  1. One page narrative on your career goal (in academia, industries, government, public policy, or alternate careers such law), planning, strategy, and a timeline. Please substantiate with a rationale for your chosen goal as it relates to your preparation and accomplishments. Applications that do not adhere to formatting specifications of 1-inch margins, 12-point font size, and single-spacing will not be reviewed.
  2. One-page narrative on your intended research presentation, describing the background, the gap of knowledge it strives to fill, and how it advances the field. Applications that do not adhere to formatting specifications of 1-inch margins, 12-point Times Roman font size, and single-spacing will not be reviewed.
  3. CV using current NIH Bio Sketch format.(revised 2015)
  4. Letter of Recommendation (see below)

Recommendation Letter

A letter of recommendation, preferably from the candidate’s current mentor, critiquing the candidates career objective, preparation, and scientific contributions/accomplishments. Not to exceed 2 pages.

Application Form