Postdoctoral fellowships


2020 Regeneration Next Postdoctoral Fellowships

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 are recruiting or have very recently hired a new postdoctoral trainees, and who proposes research in the broad field of tissue regeneration. Letters of intent do not need to be formal.

Important Dates:

  • April 30, 2020 – Letters of Intent expected to from PI
  • April 30, 2020 – Full applications due from trainee
  • July 1, 2020 – 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 $115,000toward the trainee’s salary and benefits, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. 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, 2020). This fellowship is not intended for those of faculty rank. This fellowship is intended for those considered Postdoctoral Fellows by NIH standards throughout the term of the funding.  Therefore, preference will be given to applicants in their first postdoctoral experience after obtaining their doctoral degree.
  • Applicants who have committed to perform research in a Duke lab but have not started at Duke, or those who started their postdoctoral training at Duke on July 1, 2019 or later, are eligible for this award.
  • The level of funding available to the proposed mentor will be considered in award decisions, in particular regarding laboratories with very high levels of external funding
  • 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 March 31, 2020. 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 Programs Director, Amy Dickson (; 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 In the Subject, please write RNI Fellows application – your name. The deadline for the receipt of applications for this callout is April 30, 2020.  Funding will begin July 1, 2020.

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 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, 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 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 Programs Director, Amy Dickson (; 919-684-6210).