The Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan announces the establishment of a postdoctoral fellowship funded through the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), a program funded by the National Science Foundation to advance historically underrepresented minority graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as they pursue their degrees, and to enhance their preparation for faculty positions in academia.

The postdoctoral fellowship offers an opportunity to work with senior scholars on a large, multimethod project focused on academic, social, and contextual factors that increase doctoral attainment and postdoctoral academic placements among underrepresented minority graduate students in STEM fields. (In this context, STEM includes physical sciences and engineering, selected biological and medical sciences fields, as well as social/behavioral sciences). The fellow would participate in all phases of the project, including basic and applied research on the roles of institutional resources and supports (such as high quality mentoring and academic learning communities) in enhancing students’ degree attainment and postdoctoral academic pursuits. In addition, the fellow would work with Rackham’s Institutional Research unit in examining programmatic practices that enhance student experience and outcomes across diverse graduate students, departments, and disciplines.

The ideal candidate will have background/interests in diversity, equity, or access in higher education; STEM education; educational policy and programs; and/or ethnic minority development and achievement. The candidate’s disciplinary background could include fields of study within education or other social science disciplines (e.g., psychology, organizational or policy studies, sociology, etc.). In addition, it is preferred that candidates have experience in advanced quantitative methods, longitudinal methods, and mixed methods, as well as strong writing skills.

The fellowship is 1-year position, renewable for up to two (2) additional years. Eligible applicants must have completed the PhD (defended/completed the dissertation) prior to September 1, 2013 and be U.S. citizens. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, a two-page statement of research experience and research interests, examples of written work, and three letters of recommendation (the latter can be emailed directly from reference). Review of materials will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but Fall 2013 is preferred.

Inquiries and application materials should be directed via email to:

AGEP Postdoctoral Fellowship
Rackham Graduate School
University of Michigan