Professorial Advancement Initiative (PAI)

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), a consortium that includes Purdue and 13 other Big Ten universities plus The University of Chicago, was awarded an NSF AGEP-Transformation (AGEP-T) grant titled "Professorial Advancement Initiative (PAI). The goal of the PAI is to double the rate at which Big Ten institutions hire underrepresented minority (URM) faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

To achieve this goal, the BTAA universities will work toward two PAI objectives: 1) create a pool or URM postdocs within the BTAA who have been well prepared and trained to enter the academy as tenure track faculty and 2) coach faculty members to become leaders in diversity hiring by exposing search committees to the literature about unconscious bias and the compelling benefits of having a diverse faculty.

Big Ten Academic Alliance participants will actively engage with discipline-specific mentors from your home campus and other Big Ten Academic Alliance campuses. Through a series of webinars, PAI protégés and mentors will cover topics such as:

  • preparation for a faculty role­—grant writing, starting a research program or lab, promotion and tenure process, etc.
  • interview preparation­—preparing for each aspect of the interview process—communication, department interviews, job talks, and the like.

Postdoctoral scholars wishing to participate in PAI must meet the following criteria established by the National Science Foundation:

To learn more about the program and register to participate, please contact the AGEP Program Director, Dr. Kathy Dixon, at 765-496-1123 or send an email to

Postdoc Resources

Purdue Postdoctoral Association (PPDA)
Minority Postdoc - Professional/Faculty positions and opportunities
National Postdoc Association - Opportunities for postdoctoral scholars

Postdoc Fellowships/Funding Opportunities

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Postdoctoral Enrichment Program
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships - Postdoctoral Fellowships
Deadline Fellowship Institution Award Amount Years funded Website
October 1 Postdoctoral   Fellowship Life Sciences   Research Foundation $60,000/yr 3
April 8, August 8, December 8 Ruth   L. Kirchstein Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (NRSA) National   Institutes of Heatlh NIH   Standards 3+
January 25, May 25, September 25 IRACDA   Research and Teaching Fellowships NIH   Training Grant NIH   Standards 3
January 25, May 25, September 25 Pathway   to Independence Award (Postdoc Research) National   Institutes of Heatlh Award   Budget 5
April 1 and October 15 ACS   Postdoc Fellowhip American   Cancer Society $48,000-$52,000/yr 3
Nominations accepted in November Irving   S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship American   Chemical Society $55,000/yr 2
For   Minorities:
Deadline Fellowship Institution Award Amount Years Funded Website
December United   Negro College Fund (UNCF)/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship MERCK up   to $92,000 2
November 13 Ford   Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships National   Research Council 45,000/yr 1
First Tuesday in November Postdoctoral   Research Fellowships in Biology National   Science Foundation Budgeted   Award 3
Last Monday in October Social,   Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships National   Science Foundation Budgeted   Award 2
January  Earth   Sciences (EAR) Postdoctoral Fellowships National   Science Foundation $87,000/yr   awarded to Fellow (not the institution) 2
May L'Oreal   USA for Women in Science Fellowship Program American   Association for the Advancement in Science (AAAS) $60,000 1
September 15 Marion   Milligan Mason Award for Women in Chemical Sciences American   Association for the Advancement in Science (AAAS) $50,000   every other year 3   grants
December 15 Fellowship   Support for Women Doctoral and Post Doc Candidates American   Association for University Women (AAUW) $6,000-$30,000 1

Career Development

Gateway to Big Ten Academic Alliance Faculty Positions
Science Careers - Career Advice, Blog, job search

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under AGEP-Transformation #1309028. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation

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