Richard Gilder Graduate School: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Nov 15, 2018 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Must travel to: New York County, New York

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Overview:

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program at the American Museum of Natural History provides training to postdoctoral investigators to carry out a specific project within a limited time period. The project must fit into one or more of the Museum’s areas of interest: Anthropology, Invertebrate Zoology, Paleontology, Physical Sciences (Astrophysics and Earth & Planetary Sciences), and Vertebrate Zoology. This Fellowship Program is designed to advance the training of the participant by having him/her pursue a project in association with Museum professionals in the Museum setting. 

Postdoctoral Fellows of all groups listed above will be hired as full-time employees of the American Museum of Natural History. During their employment they will receive full medical insurance, as well as all other AMNH employee benefits. Limited relocation, research, and publication support is provided. Appointments are typically made for up to two years. Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to be in residence working at the Museum.

Co-Funding Opportunities/Special Funds

If you are proposing a project that engages the mission one or more of the Museum’s special funds, you are required to submit a related abstract. Read the special fund descriptions on below carefully and apply accordingly. When proposals relate to more than one fund, multiple abstracts are required.

These are not  stand-alone programs. To apply, you must complete the main postdoctoral fellowship application and you must include a 150-word abstract describing how your project specifically relates to the purpose of these funds.

Note that: 

  • Applicants proposing Invertebrate or Vertebrate Zoology projects are required to submit a Gerstner abstract that describes how the project specifically relates to the purpose of the fund; applicants proposing Anthropology or Paleontology projects that involve Biology are also required to submit a Gerstner abstract.
  • Applicants proposing projects that involve North American natural history are required to submit a Theodore Roosevelt abstract that describes how the project specifically relates to the fund’s purpose.
  • Applicants proposing projects proposing projects that involve marine life and environments are required to submit a Lerner-Gray abstract that describes how the project specifically relates to the fund’s purpose. 

Gerstner Scholars Program - Biology

The Gerstner Scholars Program Generously funded by Mr. Louis V. Gerstner Jr., the Gerstner Scholars program encourages and supports groundbreaking research in biology, with an emphasis on genomics, including such topics as microbes, mammals, invertebrates, marine life, and computational biology. The work of scholars at AMNH co-supported through this competitive program will have implications for such broad themes as human and medical research that is informed by understanding the scientific composition and behavior of other species; and advancing our understanding of the evolution and diversity of species and the "tree of life." Chosen for their creative approaches to research questions that are likely to lead to important new discoveries in their respective fields, Gerstner Scholars will include biological scientists who have demonstrated outstanding performance that merits recognition early in their careers. 

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund - North American Fauna

The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund for North American Research Applicants proposing to conduct research in any phase of wildlife conservation or related fields of North American fauna - terrestrial and freshwater (rivers, lakes, streams), extant or fossil - are required to apply to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund. North America includes everything north of the Isthmus of Panama, including the Caribbean.

  • NOTE: There are two exceptions to this application:
    • Applicants submitting research proposals on birds, even within North America, must apply instead to the Frank M. Chapman Memorial Fund Fellowship Program not to the Theodore Roosevelt Fund.
    • Applicants submitting research proposals on ocean/sea marine life and environments must apply to the Lerner-Gray Fund, not to the Theodore Roosevelt Fund.

Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Research

The Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Research Applicants proposing to conduct research in systematics, evolution, ecology, paleontology or zoology of marine life and environments are required to apply to the Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Research.
  • Applicants proposing to conduct freshwater research in North America must apply instead to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Newly graduated or soon-to-graduate PhDs may apply.

  • There are no citizenship or geographic requirements to apply.

  • If you are an international scholar we can assist you with a J-1 visa.

  • The applicant's project must fit into one or more of the main research areas of interest in the Museum's Scientific Divisions: