Postdoctoral fellowships


2019 Regeneration Next Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Duke University

The Regeneration Next Initiative (RNI) invests in high impact research using cutting edge technology that crosses disciplinary boundaries to advance research in regenerative biology and medicine. RNI is pleased to announce availability of funding to support a limited number of competitive postdoctoral fellowships for research at Duke University. These three-year fellowships include a generous stipend, benefits, and research allowance. This opportunity is intended to recruit and fund researchers new to Duke; applicants may not hold a paid or unpaid position at Duke University at the time of application or during the review and award decision period.

Accomplished candidates are encouraged to discuss interest in the Fellowships with prospective Principal Investigators (PIs) at Duke University and contact the PI to arrange an interview. A full faculty list is available here, representing programs in developmental and regenerative biology, stem cells, imaging, mechanobiology, gene editing, tissue engineering, and related areas.

The trainee should submit a research proposal and application after interviewing with one or more potential PIs at Duke University. Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2018. Awards are competitive and will be judged and awarded on a rolling basis until slots are filled.

RNI Fellows will have a mentoring committee to oversee research and career progress. Fellows will also participate as a cohort in annual retreats, seminar series, and career development activities.

The RNI fellowship will provide three years’ total funding for a full time postdoctoral researcher. The funding will include:

  • Year One stipend of $53,000, Year Two stipend of $55,000, and Year Three stipend of $57,000;
  • A competitive benefits package which includes health insurance;
  • An annual allowance of $10,000 which may be used towards technician salary support, specialized equipment, travel, or scientific services that will support the project.

Eligibility requirements:

  • RNI Fellows should hold the Ph.D. or M.D. (or equivalent degree) at the time of award activation (July 1 – October 1, 2019). This fellowship is not intended for those of faculty rank.
  • Candidates who have recently completed or soon expect to complete their PhD or MD/PhD degrees at US or international institutions are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants may not hold a paid or unpaid position at Duke University at the time of application or during the review and award decision period.
  • Postdoctoral fellows who have interviewed and/or accepted a position at Duke before October 1, 2018 are not 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 plans.
  • RNI Fellows need not be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • RNI Fellows are encouraged to apply for outside fellowships. 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 amount equivalent to the RNI Fellowship, and the annual research allowance will be awarded. If an RNI Fellow accepts an external fellowship that fully covers salary and benefits, all RNI stipend/benefits funds must be returned to RNI, and the annual research allowance will be awarded. In either case, awardees are expected to continue to participate as RNI Fellows in community and career development activities.

We encourage Duke PIs to inform postdoctoral candidates of this RNI funding opportunity during recruitment. Required application materials and instructions are below.


To be submitted by the postdoctoral trainee or PI following an interview at Duke.

Regeneration Next invites outstanding and creative applicants who have the potential to significantly advance the broad field of regenerative biology and medicine. Well-articulated, “out-of-the-box” research plans for advancing regenerative biology are welcomed. The RNI Fellows will join and help to grow a dynamic community at Duke. The PI mentor is expected to support the candidate’s interview visit and his/her research and career goals throughout the duration of the fellowship and beyond.

To be considered for an RNI fellowship, please submit the information below as a single PDF file to In the Subject, please write “RNI Fellows application – Applicant name.” Applications will be received until all slots are filled, or April 1, 2019, whichever comes first.  Funding is expected to begin between July 1 and October 1, 2019.

Required materials for the RNI Fellowship application:

  • Cover Page – include applicant’s full name, current institution, and contact information. Also include the name and departmental affiliation of the prospective Duke PI who will support the research.
  • A one-page research statement clearly describing the research that will be pursued by the applicant if successfully awarded an RNI Fellowship, and how it relates to regenerative biology and medicine. Citations are not necessary for this statement.
  • Current standard NIH Biosketch of the applicant. Research accomplishments should be clearly stated in the NIH Biosketch.
  • Current standard NIH Biosketch of proposed mentor.
  • 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 the prospective PI, in the form of an assessment of the applicant’s qualifications for the proposed work.

To ensure readability we recommend font size of Arial 11 point or larger, and margins no less than 0.5 inches. Questions about the application process may be directed to RNI Director, Ken Poss (