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Virginia Tech Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Virginia Tech’s new, competitively awarded Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship seeks to strengthen the university’s ability to recruit outstanding, diverse postdoctoral associates. 

To prepare postdoctoral associates (postdocs) for the next step in their careers, fellows will receive:

  • Up to two years of support with nationally competitive salaries and benefits
  • Up to $10,000 for training and professional development-related expenses (to be used over the fellowship period)
  • Mentoring and professional development 

Fellowships will be awarded in four tracks:

Postdoctoral Fellows may be from any discipline or field.

Faculty Mentors

Mentors will work with prospective postdocs to develop a short, three page proposal. Submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation, proposals will be evaluated based on their potential to advance the independent research program of the postdoc, the potential to enhance the research program of the mentor, and alignment with university and sponsor research priorities.

Interested faculty may work within their professional network to identify a postdoc to partner with on the proposal. In addition, faculty may fill out this form to be added to the participating faculty list so interested fellows can find them. More information for interested faculty.

Potential Fellows

Potential fellows may review the list of participating faculty and reach out to mentors whose research interests align with theirs. Additional faculty may be interested in participating, so if a postdoc knows of an advisor that has a research opportunity, but is not on the list, the postdoc may reach out to them independently. Mentors do not need to be on this list to be eligible to host a fellow.


Virginia Tech is committed to Ut Prosim (that I may serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence.  As part of this commitment, reflected in Virginia Tech’s Strategic Plan (Advancing Beyond Boundaries), Virginia Tech is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.


For questions, contact Chris Smith at 540-231-1951 or