How to Apply

There is no set deadline for the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research. We have a rolling admissions process. When you submit your application, we will respond and reach out to you with the next steps. Here is what you can expect in the process:

1. Find an OHSU Mentor: Explore the faculty doing research in your area of interest at OHSU. Reach out to one or more Principal Investigators at OHSU whose lab you are interested in joining and ask them about joining their lab as a postdoc. You can point them to this website and let them know that you would receive a year of funding through the program as well as professional development and mentorship support. If you would like help finding a mentor at OHSU, please reach out to us!

2. Get a letter of support: Once you have confirmed an OHSU PI to be your mentor, secure a Letter of Support from them. This letter should detail two specific elements:
     i. What the tentative funding mechanism will be for postdoctoral years two and beyond.
     ii. How specifically your Faculty Mentor will assist you with your long-term career development - for example, a brief explanation of how the mentor will support you in advancing beyond the postdoctoral training period or their typical mentoring strategy. 

3. Apply: Follow instructions for completing the application online and uploading required documents (see below).

4. Interview: After reviewing your application, we will reach out to confirm whether you will continue in the selection process. If you are selected for an interview, we will schedule a time to meet by skype with you and your OHSU mentor to discuss the Fellowship. After review by our Research Diversity Advisory Committee we will contact you with our final decision. Typically the committee review process will require a couple of weeks.

If you meet the following guidelines, you are eligible to apply for the OFDIR program:

  • Priority is given to applicants who have obtained their Ph.D. (or are soon to defend) and are not currently OHSU trainees (e.g., grad students or postdocs)

  • Individuals with postdoctoral training experience looking to establish an independent academic research career

The OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research recognizes that every individual has unique insights and experiences to share that can enhance the STEM field. We welcome scholars who identify as underrepresented minorities, differently-abled, and more. For more details, see NIH funding eligibility guidelines (we abide by these criteria, as most fellows receive additional-year funding from NIH grants). If you have any questions, please contact us to discuss them

Required application materials include:

1. A curriculum vitae, including current and pending publications

2. A personal statement, no longer than two pages, single-spaced, which must address all of the following:

  • Your previous research accomplishments
  • How participation in this program would further your career
  • How your background or experiences will increase the diversity of the community of scholars at OHSU

3. The abstract of your thesis/dissertation. 

4. A research plan (no more than two pages) of what you hope to accomplish in the fellowship year (and beyond!)

5. Three letters total: two letters of reference from people acquainted with your academic research/work and a letter of support from the OHSU faculty member who has agreed to be your mentor.

  • Can international post-doctoral researchers apply for the OFDIR program?
    Priority for applicants is given to U.S. citizens or legal resident. If you are not a citizen or legal resident but are still interested in applying, please contact us to discuss.
  • Can a researcher who is currently working at OHSU apply for the OFDIR program?
    Priority is given to applicants that are not currently OHSU trainees (e.g., grad students/postdocs). If you have any questions, we are always happy to discuss this point. Please feel free to contact us.
  • How much will OFDIR Fellows be paid?
    OFDIR Fellows receive a stipend for their first year of research based on the OHSU Minimum Rates and NIH Stipend Scales. In the first year, Fellows are mentored and supported to seek additional-year funding from other sources. 
  • Are researchers who have already completed one postdoc eligible to apply for a second postdoc through the OFDIR program?
    Yes. There is no time-post-PhD requirement to apply for the OFDIR program.