Postdoctoral fellows are next generation educators, scholars, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and societal leaders. They are among the most important research personnel at universities. Postdoctoral fellows significantly contribute to the generation of scholarly research output of a university from the research they conduct during the fellowship period. As such, an institution’s postdoctoral fellow data is often used as an indicator of research activities. For example, the number of postdoctoral fellows is one of the major metrics used by Carnegie for classification of research universities. Postdoctoral fellows are not only important for research excellence, they are also an integral part of the driving force for high-quality college education. For instance, postdoctoral fellows are most often the trainers of graduate and undergraduate researchers; they work closely with tenure-track faculty to design research studies, set up research protocols, maintain research equipment, and provide day-to-day training of graduate and undergraduate students. The provision of such hands-on experiential learning by postdoctoral fellows has been demonstrated to be an effective path to increasing the success of undergraduate students.
In an effort to further strengthen our identification as a student-focused and research-most active (R1) university, Syracuse University has decided to invest $700,000 in dedicated postdoctoral support through its Invest Syracuse program. This document provides guidelines for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PFP).
For more information, please visit the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program page.