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The Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Aging

Through its NIA-funded T32, the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development has typically had 3 postdoctoral slots available for each academic year. We had 3 slots available for the 2019-2020 year, but those have been filled. Unfortunately, the existence of such slots is always based on the availability of funds is always dependent on the renewal of the training program by NIA. Our most recent competing continuation proposal (submitted May 2019) was not funded and, as a result, we have no slots available for the 2020-2021 academic year. A rewritten and much improved proposal will be submitted again in May 2020 (the only time such proposals can be submitted), and we are very hopeful about it being funded. Should that happen, slots would become available for the 2021-2022 year.

As soon as we know the outcome of that submission and review, we will post information on this page. Please feel free to check as frequently as you like. If you have questions that you would like answered now, feel free to e-mail the current Director of the program, Dr. Deborah T. Gold, at deborah.gold@duke.edu .Thank you for your patience.

When available, slots are open to anyone with an interest in and a track record of aging research. Mentors should be regular rank faculty from Duke University and/or Duke University Medical Center. Each mentor must have evidence of a significant interest in aging/life course and a strong record of publication/funding in these areas. Admissions procedures are available by CLICKING HERE. NOTE: This NIA T32 funding is available only to US citizens or permanent residents (green card holders).

The first step is to e-mail Dr. Deborah T. Gold and let her know you are potentially interested in a fellowship. Please include a cv with that inquiry. Everything flows from that first contact.

For more information about the application process, please go HERE.

We do try to review applications on a rolling basis, so it will be to your advantage to submit as soon as possible.

If you have questions about the deadlines or the applications themselves, please contact me at your convenience

Deborah T. Gold, Ph.D.
Director RTP, Duke University Aging Center
deborah.gold@.duke.edu or 919-660-7530

The goal of our postdoctoral research training program is to produce highly skilled research scientists who have the potential for leadership in gerontological research. In the Duke Research Training Program (RTP), much of the training for each fellow is provided by that person’s faculty mentor(s) in a research apprenticeship program. A fellow carries out his/her own research as a junior colleague in the mentor’s research program or laboratory. In addition to working in their mentors’ programs, all fellows attend a weekly interdisciplinary didactic seminar.

Program Requirements

Applicants must be citizens of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. You must have a completed doctoral degree when you join the program. All course work must be completed, and if applying as a Ph.D., final orals must be passed, and the dissertation signed before you can begin the program.