The James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems is intended to provide students in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. degree more freedom in identifying and securing postdoctoral training opportunities. Following a mulit-phase review of applications, selected pre-doctoral students are granted “letters of intent to fund” that the student can use in negotiating with potential postdoctoral training institutions while the student is in the final phase of graduate school.
Students completing their doctoral training, and committed to acquiring new skills and experience in a multi-disciplinary field such as complex systems science, can benefit from postdoctoral training with opportunities to broaden research experience and acquire new knowledge and skills. A postdoctoral position adding new dimensions to a student’s doctoral education (adding theoretical skills to one’s experimental training or vice versa; pursuing work in a new topic or field), can be limited by the availability of funded positions via institutional training grants or faculty research grants. The latter case can result in a postdoctoral fellow engaging in a research project dictated by the needs of the research grant rather than pursuing a creative and self-directed training program based on his or her interests or goals.
The deadline to submit all application materials is June 12, 2020, 15:59 CDT (20:59 UTC). For more information, visit the JSMF website.