Reviewer Guidelines

Primary Qualifications

Quality and Relevance

  • Relevance may override quality in some cases.


Secondary Considerations

Changing Institutions

  • Postdoc must move to another institution, except in compelling circumstances.

Host Matching / Purpose

  • Host is responsible for guiding and mentoring fellow, but fellow is an independent researcher.
  • One or two page letter of interest from host indicating areas of focus, as well as a clear plan for mentoring the postdoc.  Vita is required.
  • Hosts are not expected to compete for postdocs.

Reference Letters

  • Four professional reference letters are required. One must be from thesis advisor.
  • Letters should be from other than the potential host.

Past Postdoc Level

  • Preference is given to those who have held a PhD for no more than three years.

Quantity of Postdocs per Institution

  • Committee will strive for balance in distribution of postdocs placed at various institutions.

Committee Member Hosting Postdoc

  • Committee members should not directly host postdocs.
  • Postdoc may go to a committee members’ institution and work in member's group, but committee member should disassociate themselves from the fellow.

Applicant from Committee Member's Institution

  • Members who are from the same administrative unit as applicant should not take part in:
    • Voting.
    • Advocacy (which could lead to promoting a candidate unfairly over another).
    • Committee member should leave room for deliberations and vote.
    • Questions of fact are acceptable.

Finish Date for PhD

  • Applicants should apply only if they anticipate finishing their PhD by 31 December of the award year.

Hosting Institutions

  • Hosting institutions must be in the U.S.
  • Hosts are expected to provide office space, telephone, and a workstation for the fellow.
  • Hosts are expected to guide and mentor the fellow, according to their plan outlined in their Letter of Intent to Host without inhibiting the ability for the fellow to become an independent researcher.