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Vanderbilt-Fisk Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Vanderbilt-Fisk Postdoctoral Fellowship has been designed to offer opportunities for Vanderbilt PhDs to build their teaching and scholarship portfolios, while simultaneously offering fellows the opportunity to receive dedicated mentoring from faculty at both institutions. Two fellowships will be available for the 2023-2024 academic year, beginning in the Spring 2024 semester.

Each fellowship will be for a period of 24 months and allow time for publishing from the dissertation and the preparation of other research papers. The program will allow Fisk University to consider each fellow for a faculty position, with the goal of leading to a tenure-track position.

Fellowships will be open to all disciplines, but those with backgrounds in Biology, Mathematics, or History are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fellows will be Vanderbilt employees and Vanderbilt will provide salaries and benefits to Fellows. The salary for each Fellow will be $65,000 plus benefits. Fellows will receive the comprehensive benefits package offered to Vanderbilt University employees, including but not limited to health, dental, and vision insurance, a 403(b)-retirement plan, short-and-long-term disability coverage, and life insurance.

The deadline to apply for 2023-2024 fellowships beginning in Spring 2024 is October 18, 2023. The selected 2023-2024 Fellows will be announced on November 1, 2023.


  • Candidates will be a Vanderbilt Ph.D. who is two years or less from the date of award or a graduate student who has completed all Vanderbilt Ph.D. requirements at the time of fellowship (January 2024).
  • Due to the possibility of moving into a faculty position at Fisk following the fellowship, only U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply at this time.

Application Requirements

  • Research Interests (one page)
  • Long-term Career Goals (one page)
  • Teaching and diversity statement (one page)
  • Current CV

All applicants will be required to have two to three reference letters.

  • One reference letter must be from a Vanderbilt faculty member that has agreed to be your mentor if the fellowship is awarded.
  • One reference letter must be from a Fisk faculty member that has agreed to be your mentor if the fellowship is awarded.

Click here to apply. 


Questions? Email Annie Evans, Program & Communications Manager, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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