USM STEM Postdoctoral Fellowship

USM STEM Postdoctoral Fellowship is funded by National Science Foundation (NSF). The fellowship is open for U.S. citizen (or national) or a U.S. permanent resident. The fellowship program is designed to prepare talented postdoctoral trainees with the career skills needed to succeed in academic research in a STEM field. Fellows will receive teaching and mentoring rotations and career development guidance, collaborations and cultivate employment opportunities.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering.


  • U.S. citizen (or national) or a U.S. permanent resident, i.e., have a “green card,” when applying.
  • A member of an underrepresented group per the National Science Foundation’s guidelines.
  • NSF notes that ” AGEP is committed to the national goal of increasing the numbers of underrepresented minorities (URMs), including those with disabilities, entering and completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate education and postdoctoral training to levels representative of the available pool. URMs include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.”
  • You can see the list of NSF-supported fields through the given link:
  • Earn the doctoral degree in an appropriate field prior to beginning the fellowship
  • Be within 3 years of doctoral degree conferral.

How to Apply:

To be considered for fellowship, you should submit the following documents:

  • Proposal of research (limit one page)
  • Statement of plans to advocate for diversity and interest in the professoriate including teaching and mentoring philosophy (limit one page)
  • Selection of 3-5 potential mentors (from UMBC, UMB or UMD) and a brief overview of interest (limit one page)
  • Letters of Reference (limit two)
  • Curriculum Vitae

Submitting Details:

Applicants can send the complete application packet on the given e-mail address:


  • The program includes teaching and mentoring rotations at USM institutions with other Carnegie Classifications (at least one non-research university).
  • In addition to an innovative research experience, fellows will receive career development guidance, participate in a community of scholars, create new collaborations and cultivate employment opportunities.
  • Fellows will receive a stipend plus benefits. To encourage experience at different types of institutions, the fellows will have at least two other rotations at USM Universities (at least one non-research university). The Fellowship period is one year and awards will be made to 1-2 scholars per year.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline for positions beginning in the winter of 2015 is November 20, 2015.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

For more information you can email at:

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