MU Postdoctoral Research Grant
The MU Office of Postdoctoral Education Research Grant Program is intended to support MU postdoctoral scholars in developing their independent research programs. The grant awards help defray the costs of conducting a clearly defined research project that is not financially supported by other grants, faculty members, or their department/division. The research project should be led by the postdoctoral scholar and represent a contribution to their independent research program.
- Fall Deadline: November 1, by 5:00 PM CT
- Spring Deadline: March 1, by 5:00 PM CT
- Note: If the deadline falls on a weekend, then the due date is the following Monday.
To learn more about the grant application process, please read the MU Postdoctoral Research Grant Guidelines
Application cover sheet: MU-Postdoctoral-Research-Grant-COVER-SHEET
MU Postdoctoral Awards for Teaching and Research
The newly established Postdoctoral Awards recognize the contributions of postdoctoral scholars and their demonstration of excellence in the areas of teaching and research at the University of Missouri. The awards are open to postdoctoral scholars in all disciplines.
Nominees for these awards must currently be a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri, Columbia campus and have held the position as a postdoc for at least one semester prior to the nomination. Self-nominations are encouraged.
Postdoctoral award winners will be recognized at the Awards Banquet hosted by the Graduate School in April. The awards will consist of an honorarium of $500 to $1,000 (depending on the number of awardees). The awards will be administered by the MU Postdoctoral Association (MUPA) with support from the Office of Postdoctoral Education. Funding for the award is provided by the Graduate School.
Nomination requirements for both postdoctoral awards, including eligibility and criteria, can be found in the attached call. The fillable nomination form is also attached below.
Send nominations and materials as a single PDF to: email@example.com
Deadline: Nominations are due by 5 PM (Central Time) on February 15th each year. If the 15th of February falls on a weekend, then the due date is the following Monday.
View the current award guidelines here: MU-Postdoctoral-Awards-Call
Download the nomination form here: Fillable Nomination Form Postdoctoral Awards
Postdoctoral Faculty Mentor Award
This award represents an appreciation for an individual who has demonstrated either a profound, sustained, or leadership contribution to improving the postdoctoral experience.
The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to improving the postdoctoral experience through:
- Pioneering efforts to improve postdoctoral policies, benefits, and programs.
- Influencing sustained leadership in national systemic and/or local change for the improvement of the postdoctoral experience.
- Advocating and raising awareness of significant and important issues that have significantly altered the postdoctoral scholar landscape.
- Contributing to professional development, career development, and resource development for postdoctoral scholars.
- Creating agency and opportunity for postdoctoral research and advancement into academic and nonacademic careers.
Fall Nomination Deadline
- Nominations due to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nominations are due by 5 PM (Central Time) on December 1st each year. If the first day of December falls on a weekend, then the due date is the following Monday.
The nomination must be made by a postdoctoral scholar (anyone who is currently a postdoc or within 5 years of completing their postdoctoral training). The nomination packet should be saved as a single pdf file labeled with the nominee’s name. It should include the following documents, saved in the following order:
- Brief description of the nominee. Please include the nominee’s full name, title, and academic credentials.
- Essay describing why you believe the nominee should receive the award (1200-word limit). Consider the following points:
- How the nominee provides “hands-on” professional development experiences for postdocs, such as writing papers or reviews and applying for grants and fellowships.
- How the nominee provides postdocs with guidance on networking and planning for their future careers.
- What are the philosophy, activities, characteristics, or traits of the nominee that makes them a truly outstanding mentor? Be sure to give specific examples.
- How the nominee’s mentoring has benefited you personally (if applicable).
- A summary of the nominee’s mentoring efforts, including, for example, the length of time that they have served as a mentor; the number of postdocs that the nominee has mentored; and examples of the success these postdocs have had under the mentor’s guidance, especially regarding increased proficiency in any of the six National Postdoc Association’s Core Competencies.
- How the nominee has influenced the qualify of the postdoctoral experience on a local, regional, or national level.
- Up to three (3) supporting documents (e.g., letters of support from former postdocs within 5 years from completing their postdoctoral training and/or current postdoctoral scholars, news or journal articles).
Personal Career Consultations & Professional Development
- Valli Sarveswaran, Director of Postdoctoral Education, is available for personal career consultations. You can meet with Valli in person or virtually. Visit Valli’s Bookings site to schedule an appointment.
- Visit the Postdoc Mentoring & Training page for a list of professional development resources!
List of Benefits Available to MU Postdocs
MU postdocs are a part of the most diverse group of scholars on campus and enjoy the following.
- Access to the postdoc office for 1:1 career development consultation.
- Access to professional and career development activities offered by MU Postdoctoral Association.
- Being able to be part of the governing board of the MU Postdoctoral Association.
- Be on the postdoc listserv and receive professional & career development, job, & funding opportunities.
- Access to social events organized by the MU Postdoctoral Association and meet with other postdocs.
- Be part of the Postdoc LinkedIn group.
- Eligible to apply for Postdoc Travel Grant ($350; 3 rounds/year) administrated my MU Postdoctoral Association, Postdoc Research Grants ($500, $750, or $1,500; 2 rounds/year), and Postdoc Research & Teaching Awards ($1,000 per year each).
- Being able to enjoy the benefits offered by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).
- Being able to nominate Postdoctoral Mentor of the Year.
Weekly Postdoc Newsletters
If you are not receiving weekly newsletters from the Office of Postdoctoral Education and emails from the MU Postdoctoral Association (MUPA), please send an email to Valli Sarveswaran, email@example.com, to be added to the listserv.