Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity – NYU

The Program

A strength of New York University (NYU) is that our scholarly community actively engages in a global world. As such, NYU’s community is enriched by individuals reflecting diverse ancestries, perspectives and experiences. NYU recognizes the value of a diverse community in supporting an intellectually challenging and inclusive educational environment. To that end, NYU has created the NYU Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity fellowship program to support promising scholars and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other under-represented groups whose life experience, research experience, and employment background will contribute significantly to academic excellence at NYU.


The fellowship program is open to all areas of study at the University. Individuals who meet one of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Individuals who have completed their dissertation within the last three years or who will have completed their dissertation by September 1, 2017; or
  • Professionals transitioning to academic careers (for those in field for which the doctorate is not the terminal degree)

NYU does not sponsor visa application for this Fellowship. Fellowship recipients must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States.

Priority is given to candidates who do not currently hold postdoctoral fellowships or traineeships. As part of its selection process, our selection committee looks for evidence of superior scholarly achievement (honors, awards, publications), commitment to teaching and research, mention of a clear mentorship plan, and promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers.


NYU will award up to five in-residence fellowships in 2017. Appointments are for two years and begin September 2017 and end August 2019. Fellows teach a maximum of one course per semester, participate in school and departmental activities, and have mentorship opportunities to prepare them for an academic career. Teaching at another institution and outside employment during the fellowship is prohibited.

Compensation and Allowances

Fellows will be appointed as “Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow” and will receive a $42,000 nine-month salary; an annual housing allowance ($20,000); a research allowance ($2,000); and reimbursement for one-time relocation fees (up to $3,000). Such compensation will be subject to appropriate taxation. The University also provides a benefits package, including medical and dental coverage.

Application Procedure

Required application materials include (1) a fellowship application; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research and goals (including proposed mentorship plan); (4) a personal statement detailing the reasons for applying for the fellowship; (5) three letters of reference from individuals familiar with your scholarly or creative work; and (6) one of the following: a dissertation abstract (postdoctoral applicants); or a statement of how your professional experience prepares you for a faculty position (professionals). Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to specific faculty members at NYU who might serve as strong mentors prior to completing the application. Similarly, applicants may wish to include brief mention of one or more departments at NYU that might represent a good scholarly fit in the application. 

All materials, including letters of reference, must be received by November 17, 2016.

Awards will be announced on or about February 15, 2017.

The fellowship application and instructions for submission are available at:

To view frequently asked questions, please click here.

New York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NYU does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, unemployment status or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

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