YSM Science Fellows Program seeks applications for well-funded, cohort-based, team-mentored independent postdoc positions

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The YSM Science Fellows Program is designed to support the research and postdoctoral careers of outstanding research scientists. The program aims to attract top PhD and MD/PhD recent graduates to engage in independent research and support them in transitioning into open faculty positions at Yale or other institutions. Fellows will receive mentorship and sponsorship, a generous stipend, and training in leadership, communication, and grant writing.

We will implement an innovative cohort-based scientific development program that will focus on mentorship, individual and group coaching, career development, leadership development, and community building; a special emphasis will be placed on sponsorship. Fellows will build their individual scientific programs initially embedded within a team of 2-3 collaborating faculty and as members of a YSM department with overlapping research interests, with the express purpose of facilitating the YSM Fellow’s development of an independent research program. They will meet twice a year with their faculty mentoring committee that includes their departmental chair. Accepted fellows will develop stated success metrics (i.e., completion of research milestones, publications, and grants) with their department chairs. Upon achievement of these metrics, fellows may transition into a tenure track research position, with an independent and competitive startup package

YSM Science Fellows will receive the following resources to support their research goals and career development: 


The YSM Science Fellows Program is seeking applicants who are outstanding scientists and who are about to be awarded or who have been awarded their doctoral degree. Current postdocs are eligible to apply. Candidates who are underrepresented in science are strongly encouraged to apply. This includes those who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indians or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds and with disabilities, women, and/or those who identify as LGBTQ+.

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Application Instructions

Application Process: A full application packet must be submitted on or before 11:59 pm November 1, 2022 and should include:

  • An NIH style biosketch or a CV (five pages maximum including other support).
  • A research proposal (one page, Arial 11 pt. font, single-spaced) describing potential research interests and possible interfaces to YSM faculty and/or departments.
  • A diversity statement (one page, Arial 11 pt. font, single-spaced) detailing any relevant aspect of your background and how you will contribute to creating a diverse and inclusive research environment.
  • Three letters of recommendation from experts who know the nominee well.

Selection Process: Yale Fellows will be selected competitively based on a candidate’s scientific track record and their future promise as leaders in academic biomedical research, in a process that will include interviews and opportunities to meet with prospective faculty mentors and departmental chairs. The Selection Committee will be composed of key stakeholders at YSM.

Decisions will be made by December 1, 2022.