President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Welcome to the University of Maryland’s President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program website. This site provides the information you need about the new postdoctoral fellowship program offered at the University of Maryland. After reviewing the materials here, if you have questions about this program, please contact us at umd-postdocs@umd.edu.

About the Program

The University seeks applicants whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in higher education and at the University of Maryland. The President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their research and teaching the critical perspective that comes from their educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education. The program, in particular, encourages applicants who would increase representation in campus units where women and minorities are underrepresented. Although the Program is open to all fields and disciplines, preference will be given to applicants whose research interests fall within the biomedical sciences.

The University of Maryland, College Park is located in Prince George’s County, within the Washington/Baltimore Metroplex, five miles from the District of Columbia line. The institution enjoys a rich academic and cultural community with world-class scientific and artistic centers on campus, as well as connections to many adjacent institutions of higher learning. The University also takes advantage of extensive opportunities offered by close proximity to Capitol Hill, the NIH, USDA, NSF, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, NIST, NASA, and other federal agencies and think tanks in Washington, D.C.

Promise Academy

In Fall 2018, the University received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance its faculty diversification efforts. In conjunction with other University System of Maryland universities, the AGEP PROMISE Academy Alliance - University System of Maryland seeks to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority (URM) tenure-track (TT) faculty in the biomedical sciences within the University System of Maryland (USM) campuses.

The University of Maryland, College Park in particular seeks President’s Postdoctoral Fellows who are interested in pursuing tenure track faculty positions within the USM in biomedical science disciplines (e.g., Bioengineering, Biology, or other related fields). Applicants who wish to be considered for this opportunity should address their interest in the required application Research and Education Background statements. 

To be eligible for this program, NSF requires all project participants to be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.  The term "national" designates a native resident of a commonwealth or territory of the United States, such as American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  It does not refer to a citizen of another country who has applied for United States citizenship and who has not received U.S. citizenship.  The program "seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, specifically African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Parcific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields.

Fellows admitted into the PROMISE Academy are expected to participate in Academy on campus (College Park) and USM activities (other USM campuses) and may receive additional support for their research programs.

For more information about the PROMISE Academy, please contact us at umd-postdocs@umd.edu.