Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships

Most postdoctoral fellowships provide funding for the purpose of further developing one’s research agenda. However, if you haven't had much experience in the classroom, consider a teaching postdoc as a way to gain more teaching experience while continuing your work in the lab.

Teaching postdocs are similar to research postdocs in that you’ll work under the direction of a faculty mentor. Unlike research postdocs where you spend all your time at the bench, a teaching postdoc allows you to spend time developing your teaching skills.  

Below you’ll find a partial list that provides a starting point for considering teaching postdoctoral positions.

  • PERT (Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching), University of Arizona offers up to three years of support to outstanding candidates seeking advanced research training and preparation for the additional demands of an academic career. Research areas mainly focus on insect science but do not exclude other areas of the biosciences

  • SPIRE (Seeding Postdoctoral Innovation in Research & Education), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill provides multi-dimensional professional development for science researchers and educators to succeed in academic careers, to bring engaging teaching methods into the classroom, and to increase diversity in the science professions

  • PENN-PORT program at the University of Pennsylvania is an NIH sponsored offering that combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with a mentored teaching experience at a partnering institution; it’s designed to provide the opportunity for postdoc appointees to develop their teaching skills

  • NU-START program, co-sponsored by Northwestern University and Northeastern Illinois University, seeks to ensure a continuing and diverse supply of talent for the life sciences and the health industry by providing special training in teaching and mentoring; the program is offered to a select cadre of scholars who will then become successful researchers, excellent teachers, and mentors for future generations of college students

  • MERIT (Mentored Experiences in Research, Instruction, and Teaching) programs provide postdoctoral scholars with outstanding research and teaching experiences while improving the recruitment of students from underrepresented groups into the field of biomedical research; in addition to the research component of the program, the teaching component includes instruction in teaching pedagogy, course development, mentorship training and classroom experiences:   Example 1

Many postdoctoral teaching fellowships are advertised alongside other fellowship announcements, but these tend not to be relevant to many postdocs considering research as the primary focus of their professional life. Databases to start your search include:

Government-sponsored funding is only open to US citizens and residents. Foreign nationals on short-term visas are ineligible.