JSMF Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards 2020, USA | Postdoc in USA

James S. McDonnell Foundation ( JSMF)  is accepting the application for Postdoctoral Fellowship in United State of America ( USA). JSMF Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards is designed to provide students with opportunities to pursue postdoctoral training.

The James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems is intended to provide students in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. degree more freedom in identifying and securing postdoctoral training opportunities. Following a multi-phase review of applications, selected pre-doctoral students are granted “letters of intent to fund” that the student can use in negotiating with potential postdoctoral training institutions while the student is in the final phase of graduate school.You can also apply for McKenzie Fellowships Program Postdoc Position in Australia 2020Khalifa University Scholarship 2020 in UAE for International Students

JSMF Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards Details

Fellowship Name James S. McDonnell Foundation ( JSMF)
Country USA
Study level Post-doctoral
Deadline 12 June 2020

Duration of the Fellowship

The duration of the Fellowship expended in no less than 2 and no more than 3 years.

Research Area

Multi-disciplinary fields are available under this fellowship.

Financial Coverage Postdoctoral Fellowship

The total amount of the JSMF Fellowship is $200,000 USD.

  • The cost of the full postdoctoral salary or stipend and fringe benefits must be paid in full from the fellowship.
  • Institutions cannot request that other funding sources be used to cover the Fellow’s salary or stipend; the primary purpose of this fellowship is the continued education and training of the postdoctoral fellow. The fellowship is not intended to provide general support to a laboratory or department.
  • If the institutional postdoctoral salary scales are set such that there are funds in excess of what is needed for stipend and benefits, the excess funds can be used by the institution to support the Fellow’s research.

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  • The JSMF Fellowship is a unique opportunity for students with an interest in and an aptitude for complexity science who are in the final stages of completing their Ph.D. and looking to make a significant change in direction for their first postdoctoral fellowship (field of study, model organism, theory vs experimental, etc.) that will either be difficult or impossible without an external source of funding.
  • Students should anticipate activating the Fellowship between June 2021 and February 28, 2022.
  • In prior years, upwards of 70% of submissions are not advanced past the first review phase due to poor fit with the described goals of the program.
  • JSMF requests that potential applicants and their advisors carefully consider the characteristics of this rather unusual Fellowship prior to applying.

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The deadline of the JSMF Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards is 12 June 2020

How to Apply

All materials must be submitted electronically through the specified process.

It should be clear from the application the reasons why pursuing a post-doctoral position is qualitatively adding to the student’s skills, knowledge, and connection to scientific communities.

Complete applications must be uploaded to the JSMF website. Submissions must contain the two parts described below to be considered complete:

Part 1: To be submitted by the applicant

A complete application consists of the items below.

  1. Applicant Contact Information
  2. Application Title
  3. Summary (500 word maximum)
    • The JSMF Fellowship is intended to provide students with the opportunity to broaden research experience and acquire additional skills prior to pursuing a career in academia or elsewhere. If awarded this fellowship, explain how the fellowship would significantly change the direction (field of study, model organism, theory vs experimental, etc.) of the student’s research.  It should be clear to readers that to pursue the desired postdoctoral research direction requires more freedom than a typical postdoctoral position.   The summary should be explicit as to how the applicant intends to  broaden their complex systems training.    Avoid bland generalities.
    • List of the top 2 contributions (articles, code, software, etc.) made by the student during the Ph.D. period.
  4. A brief description of the student’s current research written in essay format (500 word maximum)
  5. A description of the student’s postdoctoral research interests written in essay format (2500 word maximum)
    • Describe how the student’s interests, questions, and future plans require the flexibility of this fellowship.
    • Explain how the current and future research directions derive from and will contribute to complex systems science.  Please avoid generalities and clichés.
    • Provide specific details about what the student intends to learn during postdoctoral training.
    • Finally, describe what is the student’s plan after the fellowship? Does the student plan to seek another fellowship, obtain employment in industry or government, pursue a faculty career in academia, or start a business?  Note: All of these options are equally acceptable responses.
  6. The student’s curriculum vita (2 page maximum) in PDF format

Upon submission a confirmation email will be sent to the student indicating the application was received.

Part 2: To be submitted separately as single PDF files by the Ph.D. mentor and other faculty member


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