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Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Arizona State University President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports the career development of outstanding Ph.D. recipients with great potential for advancing the ASU Charter through a future tenure track appointment at ASU. The fellowship program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development, and faculty mentoring to scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, or service contribute to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at ASU. Part of the LIFT Initiative, ASU's commitment to Black students, faculty and staff and other underrepresented groups and individuals, this program ensures our continued evolution as a premier public research institution with a fundamental responsibility to the communities that it serves.

About this program


Each Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship scholar will receive up to 2 years of funding. Options for a third or fourth year of funding may be offered, depending on each fellow’s progress and training needs. 

Scholars will receive a minimum of $5,000 toward moving expenses and a minimum of $3,000 per year toward career development activities. It is expected that a majority of appointees will receive offers to continue their academic careers at ASU in a tenure track position. Such appointments will require a process of review within the designated tenure home unit.

ASU's commitment 

ASU and its programs are committed to providing individualized mentorship and career development to ensure each scholar is well prepared to succeed in a future tenure track appointment. This commitment includes ensuring an inclusive research environment, including plans to integrate the postdoctoral scholar(s) into the life of the host department, relevant research labs, teaching, and unit culture and a plan for faculty training to accommodate, support and sustain faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

  • Scholars will work with their selected mentors to collaboratively develop training goals and an Individual Development Plan. 
  • Career development and community building will occur through programmatic support at the ASU Graduate College’s Postdoctoral Affairs Office and through research, teaching opportunities, and mentorship in the scholar’s hiring unit.   

  • Training opportunities to build a community of support through networking, professional development and cohort-building activities with other Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship scholars as well as the broader community of postdoctoral scholars at ASU.  

  • A special emphasis on training activities related to the transition toward a tenure-track position, including topics such as starting up a research group, preparing proposals, student recruitment, teaching with innovative methods, service to the university and profession, and navigating the tenure track process. 

  • Participation in a peer mentoring program designed to bring together faculty from underrepresented backgrounds in their discipline who share an interest in a broad topic, a discipline or disciplinary group (e.g. “engineering”) at ASU.  Each group will be paired with a senior faculty mentor who has committed to advancing faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion at ASU.

The Office of the Provost oversees the postdoctoral selection process, including the Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and the Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement.  

The Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows program is administered by the Graduate College’s Postdoctoral Affairs Office.


Incoming scholars should contact their academic unit to be considered for this program.

 Academic units with approved funding

College Department/School
Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Art
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
The College School of Life Sciences
College of Health Solutions College of Health Solutions
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation
The College School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
College of Global Futures School of Sustainability
The College School of Molecular Sciences
The College Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Music, Dance & Theater
The College School of Social Transformation