Q: When would the fellowship start?
A: We expect that most fellows would start within six months of receiving notification. Awardees finishing their degrees have one year to start their fellowship. Awardees must also start their fellowship within five years of receiving their doctoral degree.
Q: Why is the fellowship only for one year?
A: The intent is that this fellowship is a two-year position. Technically, all postdoctoral positions at the laboratory are one-year positions “with the possibility of extension.” Extensions are generally contingent on performance and funding. It is our expectation that most Fernbach Fellowships will be two-year appointments.
Q: What should I include in my statement of interest?
A: The fellowship gives you complete freedom to pursue your own research agenda, so what the selection committee wants to see is that you have a clearly defined research plan. The more specific you can be, the better. Identify why the research is important (in general) and relevant to the Lab, how you will approach the problem, the methods you will use, the expected results, and risk mitigation strategies.
Q: Can I upload a PDF of my research plan, transcripts, or CV?
A: Unfortunately, the Laboratory system that we are using to manage the applications cannot handle uploaded attachments. You can email the PDF file to us, and we will make sure it gets included in your application.