Postdoctoral Fellowships for International Students at Vanderbilt University

Deadline: 01 November 2017
Open to: international students
Fellowship:  USD 60,000 for two to three years + benefits


Vanderbilt University is seeking applicants to apply for its Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowships for International students in the USA. The program focuses on preparing postdoctoral scholars with diverse backgrounds and experiences and includes leadership training, grant and manuscript writing and preparation and a multi-level mentoring framework, as well as substantial “protected time” for the pursuit of each fellow’s academic and scholarly objectives.

The Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship program is a research/mentorship program administered by the Graduate School that is designed to bridge fellows between academic training and entry-level faculty positions.

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a private research university offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. It was named in honor of shipping and rail magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided the school with its initial $1 million endowment despite having never been to the South.


The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • This application is open to individuals with a doctorate degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., etc.) and/or a law degree (J.D.) who have received their degree within the last 3 years. Academic Pathways welcomes proposals from all eligible individuals; no person shall be excluded from participation on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin or disability. External applicants (i.e., non-Vanderbilt) will be given priority consideration;
  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to research and career goals that are consistent with the following school’s research foci and faculty expertise and must have strong professional aspirations for faculty positions within the academy. The following Vanderbilt colleges and schools are participants in the program:
  • College of Arts & Science;
  • Owen Graduate School of Management;
  • Peabody College of Education and Human Development;
  • School of Engineering;
  • School of Law;
  • School of Medicine;
  • International applicants must hold an advanced degree that is equivalent to the degrees outlined above from an institution in the United States. All applicants who are offered a fellowship must provide proof of degree completion before the start of the fellowship.


Academic Pathways Fellows will receive an annual stipend of USD 60,000 for two to three years (depending on academic discipline) along with benefits, travel funding, and a research allowance.

How to Apply?

Required Application Components:

Each of the following components is required in order to be considered a complete application.

  • Online Application Form;
  • Cover Letter;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Dissertation Summary and Other Recent Scholarly Endeavors;
  • Personal Statement;
  • Writing Sample (humanities applicants only);
  • Letters of Recommendation.

For more information please visit the official website.

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