UNCF●Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship
The United Negro College Fund and the Merck Research Laboratories
announce the availability of the
UNCF●Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships.
These fellowships are a component of the
UNCF●Merck Science Initiative, the goal of which is to
support the training and development of world-class
African American biomedical research scientists.
At least 10
UNCF●Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships
will be awarded per year. The competition is open to all applicants
who meet the eligibility criteria. Award recipients are
selected based on the applicants’ abilities and accomplishments.
The UNCF●Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships are intended to provide support to African American post-graduates to obtain postdoctoral training or continue to conduct postdoctoral, pre-professional research projects.
Awards up to $92,000.
At least 10 UNCF●Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship awards will be made in 2013. Each award is up to a maximum of $92,000 and consists of a Fellowship Stipend of up to $77,000 for the award recipient and a Research Grant of up to $15,000. For administrative purposes, the awards will be made to the institutions with which the award recipients are affiliated. Only institutions in the United States are eligible. As the awards are intended to be used to support the stipends and research of postdoctoral fellows, no part of the awards may be used for indirect costs. Awards will begin no earlier than September 1, 2013.
The postdoctoral Fellowship Stipend of up to $77,000 is intended to support the award recipient for a minimum period of 12 months and up to a maximum period of 24 months of fellowship tenure. A maximum of $55,000 may be received in any 12 month period. Award recipients will be known as UNCF●Merck Postdoctoral Fellows. Each Fellow will be mentored by a Merck scientist. As part of the award, the Fellow is expected to make regular contact with the Merck mentor. The Fellow is also required to visit the Merck Research Laboratories to present a progress report to the Merck research staff during the last half of their postdoctoral fellowship tenure. The cost of this visit will be underwritten by Merck Global Diversity. A two-page summary of research results and an updated Curriculum Vitea must be submitted to UNCF at the end of the fellowship tenure.
A grant of up to $15,000 will be given to the Fellow and is intended to support the research of the Fellow. This Research Grant may onlybe used to cover direct expenses incurred by the Fellow in the execution of the proposed research and training during the fellowship tenure. Costs that are considered allowable are travel to present research findings at scientific meetings and conferences, purchase of equipment and supplies, and publication costs. Any funds remaining at the end of the fellowship tenure must be returned to United Negro College Fund. This grant may not be used to support faculty and administrative salaries, faculty travel, tuition or indirect costs.
To be considered for the UNCF●Merck Postdoctoral Fellowship award, an applicant must be:
- African American (Black)
- A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree recipient in the life or physical sciences by the end of academic year 2012-2013
- Appointed as a new or continuing postdoctoral fellow during the 2013 calendar year at an academic or non-academic research institution in the United States. Private industrial laboratories are excluded. The postdoctoral appointment must be for a minimum of 12 months up to a maximum of 24 months.
- A citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
A UNCF●Merck Selection Committee consisting of educators and scientists will select the award winners. The record of accomplishments and soundness of the proposed postdoctoral research are criteria for selection. Since the selection is partially based on the research proposal, the award may not be transferable to another project, lab, department or institution.
Online applications must be submitted by December 3, 2012.
All required information (marked with an *) must be entered or submission will not be allowed.
Save each page as you fill in the requested information before going to the next page. Failure to do so may result in your being required to reenter information.
When you submit your completed application, an email will be automatically sent to the institutional officials listed in your application notifying them that you have applied for the scholarship
Recommendation letters from three individuals is required for a complete application and may be cut and pasted into your application by the recommenders. One of these recommenders must by your postdoctoral advisor and another must be your graduate advisor. Recommendation letters must be submitted before December 3, 2012. In order to give recommenders the maximum amount of time to submit recommendation letters, you should enter all information for your recommenders as early as possible and click the "email" button. This generates an email to each recommender notifying them of your application and request for a letter of recommendation. They should log on to the website and register as a recommender using the information contained in the email, and cut and paste a letter of recommendation for you into your application.
The following item must be cut and pasted from your computer
- Career Interest and Goals Statement (up to two pages)
- Dissertation Abstract (up to two pages)
- Postdoctoral Research Proposal (up to two pages of text)
Up to two reprints of published papers and/or up to two published abstracts may also be submitted with your application in the Document Upload section. These uploaded digital files must be submitted by December 3, 2012.
The following items must be uploaded by December 3, 2012. Without these items, an application is considered incomplete.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (copy of birth certificate, U.S. passport, Resident Alien Card)
- Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions
Please complete the online application and submit it, along with the other items required, by midnight December 3, 2012. All items must be entered online including proof of citizenship and transcripts. Nothing will be accepted by postal mail. Other information may be requested from: Carita Marrow., Relationship Manager, UNCF●Merck Science Initiative, firstname.lastname@example.org.