2019 Postdoctoral Fellowships


2019 Regeneration Next Postdoctoral Fellowships

Duke University School of Medicine

The Regeneration Next Initiative (RNI) was established by the Duke University School of Medicine to enhance discovery and applications in the broad field of tissue regeneration. RNI is pleased to announce availability of funding to support up to four fellowships to help recruit and fund new (or recently hired) postdoctoral researchers at Duke. To this end, we invite Letters of Intent from faculty members who have hired or are planning to hire postdoctoral fellows in the broad field of tissue regeneration since July 1, 2018. Letters of intent do not need to be formal.

Important Dates:

  • May 15, 2019 – Letters of Intent expected to regeneration@duke.edu from PI
  • June 1, 2019 – Full applications due from trainee
  • September 1, 2019 – Funding begins

Our goal is to grow the community of postdoctoral trainees who will make significant short-term and long-term contributions to research in the broad field of tissue regeneration. RNI Fellows will receive support for two years and participate as a cohort in mentored laboratory research, the annual Community Retreat, seminar series, and career development activities.

This fellowship provides two-year total funds of up to $115,000 toward the trainee’s salary and benefits, with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2019. No other expenses will be supported.

Eligibility requirements:

  • RNI Fellows should hold at minimum the Ph.D. or M.D. (or equivalent degree) at the time of appointment (September 1, 2019). This fellowship is not intended for those of faculty rank.
  • RNI Fellows can be mentored by Duke faculty in any department, provided there is a broadly defined regenerative biology or medicine component to the Fellow’s research proposal.
  • RNI Fellows need not be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • RNI Fellows may not simultaneously hold any other fellowship that covers salary and benefits.

The trainee (or prospective trainee committed to a Duke lab) should submit a research proposal and application upon acceptance of a postdoctoral position at Duke, no later than June 1, 2019. We encourage Duke PI’s to inform postdoctoral candidates of this potential RNI funding opportunity during recruitment.

Required application materials and instructions are below. Questions about this announcement may be directed to RNI Research Analyst II, Amy Dickson (regeneration@duke.edu; 919-684-6210).


To be submitted by the postdoctoral trainee (or prospective trainee committed to a lab at Duke)

Regeneration Next invites creative, risk-taking proposals that will significantly advance the broad field of regenerative biology and/or regenerative medicine. To that end, the submitted research plan should clearly describe the relevance or possible relevance to regenerative biology, the gap in knowledge addressed by the proposed research, and how the expected outcomes may significantly impact the field. Well-articulated, “out-of-the-box” proposals for advancing regenerative biology are welcomed. The RNI Fellows will join and help to grow a dynamic, creative regenerative biology and medicine community at Duke.

To be considered for an RNI fellowship, please submit the information in sections A-D as a single PDF file by email to regeneration@duke.edu. In the Subject, please write RNI Fellows application – your name. The deadline for the receipt of applications for this callout is June 1, 2019. Funding will begin September 1, 2019.

Required materials for the RNI Fellowship application:

  1. Cover Page – include name of applicant, name of PI, and title of proposal.
  2. A three-page proposal, which should include
    1. A brief description of the applicant’s research accomplishments,
    2. A brief description of research plans at Duke as mentioned above,
    3. A paragraph describing the applicant’s career goals.

Figures and references are included in the three-page limit. To ensure readability we recommend font size of Arial 11 point or larger, and margins no less than 0.5 inch.

  1. Current standard NIH Biosketch of the applicant.
  2. Current standard NIH Biosketch of your Duke mentor.
  3. Three letters of recommendation to be emailed directly to the Committee at regeneration@duke.edu. In the Subject line, please include “RNI Fellows LOR – Applicant name”. One of the three letters should be from your Duke mentor.

Questions about the callout or application process may be directed to RNI Research Analyst II, Amy Dickson (regeneration@duke.edu; 919-684-6210).