Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program 

  • About the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program
  • Opportunities for Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Applying and Eligibility for Potential Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Open Postdoctoral Positions
  • Contact
About the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program is a new University initiative reflecting our commitment to increasing the diversity of our faculty. This program provides funding to individual departments to support scholars from underrepresented groups. It is designed to carry out the University’s mission of cultivating a diverse intellectual community that is enriched by the expertise and professional contributions of people who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. This program replaces the Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholarship (PCEPs).  

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.

Applying and Eligibility

Applications for the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship will be accepted as determined by the soliciting department or division as declared in their respective fellowship position description. Interested applicants should carefully review the current postdoc announcements listed on UChicago's Academic Career Opportunities website and submit the appropriate application materials. Generally, successful applicants must have completed the doctoral degree and must be no more than three years beyond receiving their degree at the time of the fellowship start date.**

Persons who are currently working as an assistant professor are ineligible to apply. Racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Please use the link embedded within each job announcement to submit your application. 

**Eligibility requirements may differ by department.

Open Postdoctoral Positions

Instructions: Visit UChicago’s Academic Career Opportunities homepage to browse open listings. Click on the left tab “Search Postings” and enter the search term 'postdoc' to filter to open positions.

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Please check in periodically for more postings. 


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