Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Two annual postdoctoral fellowship programs that support outstanding scientists offer a unique opportunity for selected scholars to engage in a three-year fellowship of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute.

Postdoctoral student works in the MRI suite of the Beckman Institute.

Applications are closed for the Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program and The Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellows Program. Please check back in fall 2022 for information about 2023 programs.

Two annual postdoctoral fellowship programs that support outstanding scientists at the Beckman Institute offer a unique opportunity for selected scholars to engage in a three-year fellowship of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute.

The Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program recruits four to six outstanding scientists annually to work at the Beckman Institute. The program was established in 1991 by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

The Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellows Program selects one outstanding researcher annually. The program was initiated in the fall of 2015, when the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation provided an endowment in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Beckman and the founding director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Dr. Theodore “Ted” Brown.

Fellows are selected in accordance with the core values of the Beckman Institute: Excellence, Collaboration, Integrity, Transdisciplinarity, Exploration, and Diversity.

Eligibility requirements

  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent within the last 10 years.
  • Relevance of the proposed research plan to the portfolio of the Beckman Institute.
  • Application package includes four letters of reference:
    • Two letters regarding the applicant’s prior work experience
    • Two letters from the proposed Beckman Institute faculty mentors/collaborators, with at least one being a full-time or part-time member of the Beckman Institute faculty
      • Letters from proposed Beckman Institute faculty mentors/collaborators should explain how the faculty member intends to support the applicant’s research plan.

Program summary

  • Fellows receive an annual salary of $54,000 and a $25,000 research budget that can be spent on research activities such as supplies, equipment, and conference and workshop travel.
  • Fellows are appointed annually for up to three years.
  • Fellows are required to write annual reports and check in monthly with the director of the Beckman Institute.

Postdoctoral Fellows Program FAQ.

Postdoctoral Fellows Program funding and visa information.

Postdoctoral Fellows Program application instructions.