2018 Postdoctoral Fellowships


2018 Regeneration Next Postdoctoral Fellowships – Deadline has now passed.

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 an anticipated four fellowships to help recruit and fund new postdoctoral researchers at Duke. To this end, we invite optional Letters of Intent from faculty members who have identified or are planning to hire postdoctoral fellows in the broad field of tissue regeneration in the 2017-2018 academic year. Letters of intent do not need to be formal; the purpose is to allow RNI leadership to gauge interest in this funding opportunity.

Important Dates:

  • October 31, 2016 Nov 30 2016OPTIONAL Letters of Intent due to regeneration@duke.edu from PI (note new date)
  • Jan 31, 2017  March 15, 2017 – Full applications due from trainee
  • July 1, 2017 – 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 $110,000 toward the trainee’s salary and benefits, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017. 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 (July 1, 2017). 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 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 should submit a research proposal and application upon acceptance of a postdoctoral position at Duke, no later than Jan 31, March 15, 2017. 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 Executive Director, Dr. Sharlini Sankaran (Sharlini.Sankaran@duke.edu; 919-684-6210).


To be submitted by the postdoctoral trainee upon acceptance of a position 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 regenerative medicine community at Duke.

To be considered for an RNI fellowship, please submit the information in sections 1-4 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 Mar 15, 2017. Funding will begin July 1, 2017.

Required materials for the RNI Fellowship application:

    1. 1. Cover Page – include name of applicant, name of PI, and title of proposal.
    2. 2. A two-page proposal, which should include
    3.     – A description of research plans at Duke as mentioned above (1.5 pages),
    4.     – A paragraph describing the applicant’s career goals.

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

  1. 3. Current standard NIH Biosketch of the applicant. Research accomplishments should be clearly stated in the NIH Biosketch.
  2. 4. Current standard NIH Biosketch of proposed mentor.
  3. 5. 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 the proposed mentor.

Questions about the callout or application process may be directed to RNI Executive Director, Dr. Sharlini Sankaran (Sharlini.Sankaran@duke.edu; 919-684-6210).