FY 2019 Postdoctoral Fellowships

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 postdoctoral researchers at Duke. To this end, we invite 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 and to help determine eligibility.

Important Dates:

  • October 31, 2017 – Optional letters of Intent due to regeneration@duke.edu from PI
  • Jan 31, 2018 – Full applications due from trainee via the My Research Proposal portal (instructions below)
  • July 1, 2018 – Funding begins

This fellowship provides two-year total funds of up to $110,000 toward the trainee’s salary and benefits, with an anticipated Fellowship start date of July 1, 2018. No other expenses will be supported.

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.

Eligibility requirements:

  • – RNI Fellows should hold at minimum the Ph.D. or M.D. (or equivalent degree) at the time of award (July 1, 2018). This fellowship is not intended for those of faculty rank.
  • – RNI Fellows with a Duke hire date in the range of Jan 1 2018 and Dec 31, 2018 are eligible to apply.
  • – 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 fully covers salary and benefits. If an RNI Fellow subsequently receives a fellowship that partially covers salary and benefits, RNI funds may be used to supplement salary and benefits to the NIH standard postdoctoral salary. If a Fellow is subsequently awarded a fellowship that fully covers salary and benefits, unused funds must be returned to RNI and cannot be used for other purposes.
  • – Mentors who have received funding for an RNI fellow in the most recent callout are not eligible to apply.

The trainee should submit a research proposal and application upon acceptance of a postdoctoral position at Duke, no later than Jan 31, 2018. We encourage Duke PI’s to inform postdoctoral candidates of this potential RNI funding opportunity during recruitment. Required application materials and instructions are below.


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 your application via the My Research Proposal portal. Click on “Create New User” (or log in if you already have an account).  Enter Access Code ‘NEXT’ then select the “Regeneration Next Posdoctoral Fellowships 2018” funding opportunity and follow the instructions.

The deadline for the receipt of applications for this callout is 11:59 pm, Jan 31, 2018. Funding will begin July 1, 2018.

Required materials for the RNI Fellowship application:

  1. Cover Page – include name of applicant, name of PI, and title of proposal.
  2. A two-page proposal, which should include:
    1. – A description of research plans at Duke as mentioned above (1.5 pages),
    2. – 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. – Current standard NIH Biosketch of the applicant. Research accomplishments should be clearly stated in the NIH Biosketch.
  2. – Current standard NIH Biosketch of proposed mentor.
  3. – Three letters of recommendation to be submitted via the My Research Proposal portal along with the application. 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).