Postdoctoral fellowships


2019 Regeneration Next Postdoctoral Fellowships

This callout period has ended.  We will announce the 2019 fellows at the beginning of August.  Please look for future callouts here or via our newsletter.

The Regeneration Next Initiative (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.

Important Dates:

  • Anytime before May 15, 2019 – Letters of Intent to from PI
  • June 1, 2019 – Full application due from trainee, including letters of recommendation
  • 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 in Duke laboratories, and also 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. Applications will be assessed by an RNI award committee from a competitive pool.  Questions about this announcement may be directed to RNI Research Analyst II, 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 June 1, 2019. Funding will begin September 1, 2019.

Required materials for the RNI Fellowship application:

A. Cover Page – include name of applicant, name of PI, and title of proposal.

B. 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.

C. Current standard NIH Biosketch of the applicant.

D. Current standard NIH Biosketch of your Duke mentor.

E. Three letters of recommendation to be emailed directly from references 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.

Applications will be assessed by an RNI award committee from a competitive pool.  Questions about the callout or application process may be directed to RNI Research Analyst II, Amy Dickson (; 919-684-6210).