Application Process

The next application deadline for the 2022-2023 cohort is April 15, 2022.  Target start date for the 2022-2023 cohort is August 1, 2022.


Step 1: Initial Proposal

The initial proposal should include the following in ONE PDF FILE, submitted VIA THIS LINK :

  1. 2-page statement of interest including: research focus, training goals, commitment to a career in aging research, statement of eligibility, and the name of a potential Duke mentor or mentor team for your postdoctoral training.  Read more about identifying a mentor.
  2. Your current CV (including anticipated date of degree completion or number of years of postdoctoral experience)

Step 2: Mentor Engagement 

Initial proposals will be reviewed by the Postdoctoral Research Training Program leadership. Viable proposals will be forwarded by the program to the potential mentor for review. With the approval of the mentor, the applicant will be invited to connect directly with the mentor to discuss the proposed research and training plan, and secure the mentor’s support for the application.

Step 3: Letters of Support/Recommendation

Invited applicants will be asked to submit a letter of support from their Duke mentor and at least one letter of recommendation from a previous mentor or faculty member from their terminal degree program.

Step 4: Final Review

Completed application packages (statement of interest, CV, mentor letter, and letter(s) of recommendation) will be presented to the program’s Internal Executive Committee.  Applicants may be invited to interview with their potential mentor and program leadership and/or submit graduate transcripts.


Basis for Judging Applications
Applications are assessed by a faculty committee via an NIH-style review and judged on the basis of their scientific merit, relevance to aging, and the fit of the trainee’s needs for training with the resources of the mentor and the training program.