Provost's Postdoctoral Fellows

“We have an obligation to see that the greatest variety of perspectives is brought to bear on the issues before us as scholars and citizens.”

– President Robert J. Zimmer

The Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program 

The Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program reflects the University of Chicago’s commitment to increasing the diversity of its faculty. This program provides up to two years of funding for the highest caliber junior scholars from diverse backgrounds, including historically underrepresented groups, such as black/African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino scholars.

Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows will be appointed as Instructors on the tenure track for up to two years* with the intent that they will be promoted to Assistant Professor at the end of the fellowship period. Funding for the period of fellowship at the rank of Instructor will be provided by the Office of the Provost. After a Fellow is promoted to Assistant Professor, the Office of the Provost will provide salary support to the unit in accordance with the funding policies concerning faculty diversity.

Fellows will participate in the activities of their academic unit (i.e., school, institute, or department) and have a designated faculty mentor. Fellows will receive research support, and participate in programming offered by the Office of the Provost’s designed to help support them in their transition to Assistant Professor and their success as a faculty member. Fellows will typically teach one class per year, teaching responsibilities may be reduced further per the teaching customs of the department/division.

The Proposal Process

All requests to mount a search for a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow should come from the appropriate dean, who will make the request to the Vice Provost. The request for inclusion in the program will consist of:

  • A description of the academic unit’s overall plans for diversity and inclusion including an examination of the unit’s data regarding underrepresented groups, and a description of the unit’s past and ongoing efforts to identify potential faculty members from underrepresented groups.
  • A specific plan for mentoring a Fellow throughout the duration of the fellowship
  • A draft position description and search process outline

Participating units should also have members of the search committee and department participate in a search committee training which can be scheduled with the Office of the Provost. This evidenced-based program teaches best practices for searching for excellence and diversity.

A limited number of proposed plans will be approved based on the strength of the proposal and the likelihood that it will yield a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates.

Applicants eligible for a fellowship appointment must have completed the doctoral degree by the fellowship start date, which is July 1, 2019 for this year’s cohort, and must be no more than three years beyond receiving that degree at the time of the fellowship start date.

Information for the Division of Physical Sciences

The University of Chicago’s Division of the Physical Sciences offers a slightly modified version of this program known as the Provost’s Fellows Program, which features a three-year appointment. The proposal process is identical to that of the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program.


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 refer any questions regarding this policy to Vice Provost  Melissa Gilliam (

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