In an effort to contribute to the mission of enhancing diversity, the University of Kentucky established the Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellowships to support postdoctoral fellows in graduate and professional areas. The fellowships are named in honor of UK’s first African-American graduate student, Lyman T. Johnson.
Application deadline is November 2, 2018.
Fellowship recipients pursue an individualized research program under the mentorship of one or more UK professors and actively participate in departmental and professional research related activities. Fellows must identify a UK faculty member who is willing to be their mentor before applying to this program. Fellows play a lead role in designing, developing and implementing research programs that contribute to a department’s overall graduate education and research mandates.
Applicants must be eligible to compete for federally-funded postdoctoral grants. This includes the eligibility requirement that, by the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Applicants must have completed the doctoral degree within the past two years or will complete the doctoral degree before the date of appointment. Preference will be given to applicants who do not have a prior or present postdoctoral appointment at UK. Applicants who received their PhD at UK must be affiliated with a research group other than the one in which they did their prior research. The goal is to broaden the research experience and training for the fellowship recipient.
Selection criteria include:
Evidence of scholarship with competitive potential for a tenure-track faculty appointment at a research university
Compatibility of specific research interests with those present in doctorate-granting units at UK
Quality of the fellowship proposal
Strong support from mentor and references
Compelling argument that the appointment would contribute to increasing the diversity within the research or professional area
The fellowship provides a $47,476 stipend plus benefits.In addition, the fellow receives $2,000 for support of research activities.Fellowships are available for up to two years. The initial appointment is for 12 months, but recipients may apply for a second year.
Race, ethnicity and national origin are among the factors that contribute to diversity, as does economic background. Applicants applying to this program should address how participation in this program would contribute to the compelling interest of diversity at the University of Kentucky and in their profession in their letter of application.
Required Documents for Application:
*Note, documents 1-3 below should be saved as a single PDF document before uploading to application. The System Maximum Allowable Document Size is 9 MB. Please order your document with the following:
1. Cover Letter – This should be a letter of application that addresses how participation in this program would contribute to the compelling interest of diversity at the University of Kentucky and in their profession. A discussion of career and training goals should also be included.
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. A research proposal independently written by the applicant in a way that non-experts can evaluate (1,500 words or less; figures, schemas and references are not included in this total – please combine multiple files into one pdf before uploading.)
Additionally, items 4-6 below are required to be submitted. Please ask each of the following individuals to email their letters/materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the applicant’s name in the subject line by the stated date.
4. A letter from the potential UK mentor and the mentor’s curriculum vitae, including current and pending funding (5 page limit)
5. A letter from the potential UK departmental chair indicating endorsement and appropriate departmental resources such as space and computer support.
6. Three reference letters.