Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program 

  • About the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program
  • Opportunities for Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Eligibility for Potential Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows
About the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program is a new funding initiative that the University of Chicago is introducing as part of its commitment to increasing the diversity of its faculty. The Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program was developed with the help of faculty members, and division and school leaders across the University in order to replace the Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholarship (PCEPS).* The Provost's Postdoctoral Fellows Program is designed to carry out the University’s mission of building a diverse intellectual community, including from historically underrepresented groups such as black/African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino scholars, for tenure track appointments at the University of Chicago. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. 

*Current PCEP Scholars will continue to receive full programmatic support for the duration of their program.

Opportunities for Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows

Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows will be appointed as Instructors for up to two years with the intent that they will be promoted to Assistant Professor on the tenure track at the end of the fellowship period. As Fellows they will expand their research and teaching portfolios while being fully integrated into the academic life of the University of Chicago. Each Fellow will be engaged in mentored research and receive guidance as they create an individualized career plan. The program offers successful candidates the opportunity to produce groundbreaking research in their field, augment their written scholarship, increase their participation in professional meetings, pursue advanced training, expand their networks, and participate in professional development and mentorship with the nation’s premier faculty.

Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows will receive a research supplement to support travel or research materials and participate in quarterly professional development workshops that include the following topics: Writing and Publishing, Grant Funding and Proposal Writing, Leadership Development, Scholarly Integrity, and Ethics and Professionalization.

Eligibility for Potential Fellows

Successful applicants for the fellowship program must have completed the doctoral degree by the fellowship start date of July 1, 2017 for this year’s nominated cohort, and must be no more than three years beyond receiving that degree at the time of the fellowship start date. Ethnic and sexual minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

*More information about how potential candidates can apply for a position will be provided at a later time.

Contact: Please refer any questions regarding these guidelines to Regina Dixon-Reeves, Assistant Vice-Provost for Diversity and Inclusion (

*Please check back for future updates about this new initiative.