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Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow


In 2017, Carnegie Mellon University joined in a collaborative partnership with the University of California to offer postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at Carnegie Mellon. Sponsored by the Provost and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty, we offer the potential for postdoctoral research fellowships in all fields represented at the university, coupled with faculty mentoring, professional development and academic networking opportunities. The program is also available to "post MFA's" in our Schools of Art, Drama and Music. Read over our evaluation and selection criteria .

Carnegie Mellon views these postdoctoral fellowships as providing an exceptional opportunity to recruit potential new faculty to the university by offering the possibility of a postdoc with the prospect of a succeeding faculty position.

The university seeks applicants whose research or creative practice, research, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. The program is particularly interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their research and other academic pursuits the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.


PhD or ABD

Experience in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB)

Application Instructions


Obtain the sponsorship of a tenured faculty member other than your PhD dissertation advisor who is willing to serve as your primary mentor.

  1. Be prepared to provide the following required documents in PDF:
    • Thesis abstract – one page
    • Research Proposal – 700-1,000 words (not including references and citations)
    • Education and Background Statement – 500-700 words describing your personal background and contributions to diversity and equal opportunity through your academic career
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Writing sample – sample publication or unpublished paper, please limit to 35 pages (not including references and citations)
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

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