Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Deadline: 30 March 2021
Open to: international applicants
Benefits: annual stipend of 55,000 USD


The Neuroscience Institute (NI) of Carnegie Mellon University seeks diverse, creative, and collaborative early-career applicants for its Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Interested applicants are encouraged to reach out to relevant NI faculty (see list here) to develop competitive proposals.

The Neuroscience Institute of Carnegie Mellon brings together researchers from across the University to conduct multi-disciplinary work to advance the state of brain science. The Neuroscience Institute comprises faculty from five of CMU’s seven schools and colleges, harnessing the university’s core strengths in cognitive science, computation, data science, biology, and engineering. NI strives to be a community that is academically and intellectually rigorous, as well as being diverse, inclusive, and respectful to all of its members. We aspire to promote a collegial professional environment in which all individuals can thrive and do their best work with community support and free from harassment, intimidation, or disrespect.

This program is made possible through the generosity of Henry L. Hillman and Kris Gopalakrishnan.


Candidates must demonstrate:

  • a commitment to promoting diverse ideas, perspectives, and voices in our research community,
  • a creative, interdisciplinary approach to solving modern problems in neuroscience,
  • the skills to develop new methods to study brain, behavior, and their relationship,
  • the promise of seeding or promoting sustainable, collaborative links between NI faculty research programs, and
  • the potential for proposed research to lead to competitive external funding.


NI Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $55,000, full benefits, and a professional development fund of up to $5000 per year.  Researchers already in CMU laboratories are ineligible. Up to two fellowships (renewable annually, typically for two years) will be awarded per year.

How to apply?

To apply, submit a single PDF file containing (in order):

  • cover letter describing your career goals, how the proposed work would prepare you for this path, and how past experiences qualify you for the project (1 page)
  • Your proposed research plan (2 pages)
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion statement detailing your commitment to and potential to contribute to a welcoming and open research community (1 page)
  • A current CV (2 pages)
  • Letters of support from two current NI faculty who will co-mentor your proposed research, which describe how your background qualifies you for the proposed work, the co-sponsor’s role on the project, and how the proposed work relates to, enables, and hopefully expands the co-sponsor’s research program (1 page, each)

Selection process

A selection committee comprising three current NI faculty and the NI Director will review applications. For full consideration, submit your applications by March 30, 2021 to Fellows will be notified no later than April 30, 2021.

For more information please visit the official website.