Get up to $55,000 Stipend for Postdoctoral Researchers in the Carnegie Mellon University Neuroscience Institute Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2021


If you are an early career postdoctoral researcher who is creative and collaborative, the Neuroscience Institute (NI) of Carnegie Mellon University wants you for its Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. 

Scholars in the program will receive a stipend yearly and a professional development fund to aid the costs and processes involved in bringing change to the community. 

The program offers a community that is academically and intellectually rigorous, as well as being diverse, inclusive, and respectful to all of its members.

Application Deadline: March 30, 2021.

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Fellows in the program will receive:

  • An annual stipend of up to $55,000.
  • Full benefits.
  • An annual professional development fund of up to $5000. 


The fellowship is open to Postdoctoral Researchers who demonstrate:

  • a commitment to promoting diverse ideas, perspectives, and voices in the 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.
  • the potential for proposed research to lead to competitive external funding.


  • Researchers already in CMU laboratories are ineligible to apply. 

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Application Instructions

To apply, submit via email to, a single PDF file containing (in the exact order):

  • A 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 (maximum: a page)
  • Your proposed research plan (2 pages)
  • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement detailing your commitment to and potential to contribute to a welcoming and open research community (1 page)
  • An up-to-date CV (2 pages)
  • Letters of support from two current Neuroscience Institute 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).
  • Click here to find and reach out to relevant Neuroscience Institute faculty, and develop competitive proposals.

About the Carnegie Mellon University Neuroscience Institute Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Neuroscience Institute (NI) of Carnegie Mellon University launched its distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program to enable diverse and  creative early-career researchers to collaborate on 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. 

The program seeks to bring new perspectives and voices to Neuroscience.

The program is funded by Henry L. Hillman and Kris Gopalakrishnan.

Key Dates and Order of Program

All applications must be submitted by the deadline of March 30th, 2021.

Successful Fellows will be notified no later than April 30, 2021.

A selection committee comprising three current NI faculty and the NI Director will review applications. 

Up to two fellowships, renewable annually (typically for two years) will be awarded. 

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