Future Faculty Fellowship

Northeastern University created the Future Faculty Fellowship (postdoctoral fellowship program) in fall 2012. This program strives to early identify young scholars for postdoctoral studies and possible consideration for a future faculty position at Northeastern University. We invite nominations and applications from candidates in all disciplines represented at Northeastern University for the Future Faculty Fellowship Program.

Northeastern University’s mission emphasizes translational research that addresses global challenges and enhances social well-being. Northeastern University strives to create a vibrant and diverse community, characterized by collaboration, creativity, and unwavering commitment to excellence and an equally unwavering commitment to exhibiting respect for one another. Northeastern celebrates diversity in all its forms and fosters a culture of respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community.

Deadline to Apply: 01/15/2016

Award Details

Consistent with Northeastern’s mission, vision and core values, the objectives of the Future Faculty Fellowship program are to:

  • encourage and promote excellence and diversity (especially African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans);
  • introduce to Northeastern’s academic community postdoctoral researchers who are considering faculty careers;
  • enhance opportunities for academic careers for persons from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to an inclusive faculty and an inclusive academic experience for all students;
  • prepare Future Faculty Fellows for possible tenure-track appointments at Northeastern;
  • enhance the academic environment of Northeastern by providing opportunities for students and faculty to gain experience in multi-cultural, broadly diverse and inclusive work settings and research collaborations that improve the capacity of all their members.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A prospective Fellow must have completed the Ph.D. degree by the start of his/her fellowship term and no earlier than three years before the start of the fellowship term.
  • Fellows will be selected based on academic promise; alignment of the student’s academic objectives with Northeastern’s research projects, particularly with the potential research project(s)/lab(s) to which the Fellow would be assigned; and commitment to a diverse and inclusive academic community.
  • Currently enrolled Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars at Northeastern University, or those otherwise employed by Northeastern, are not eligible for the fellowship.
  • A prospective Fellow must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America.

Fellowship Terms

Northeastern will provide a placement in at least one host laboratory/department at Northeastern University to the Fellow in an area of his/her area of academic interest/specialty.

Northeastern also will provide at least two Northeastern faculty members who are committed to serve as mentors to the Fellow.

Northeastern will appoint each Faculty Fellow for a one-year, 12-month term. Fellows whose appointment begins during the 2016-17 academic year will receive a 12-month salary of $50,000, plus health benefits. Fellows will receive $5,000 towards conference travel and other research-related expenses.

Faculty Fellow appointments may be renewable for a second year, subject to Northeastern’s assessment of the Fellow’s progress toward the Future Faculty Fellowship program objectives.

Upon completion of the Fellowship, a Fellow may be interviewed for a faculty appointment at Northeastern University. A Fellow is not required to accept a post-Fellowship faculty appointment as a condition of the Fellowship. Northeastern also is not obligated to offer any Fellow a faculty appointment upon completion of his/her fellowship. However, the Fellowship program is intended as a step toward a Fellow’s development as a potential faculty member at Northeastern or another institution of higher education.

Fellowship Program Expectations and Requirements

Each Fellow must present at least one research seminar or colloquium on the Northeastern University campus during the academic year of the Fellowship. Each Fellow also must give at least one presentation on his/her research at a national or international conference during the academic year of the Fellowship. All publications, conference presentations, and seminars authored or co-authored by the Fellow must acknowledge support by the Northeastern University Future Faculty Fellowship Program.

As the Future Faculty Fellowship program is designed to help the Fellow build a research portfolio towards his/her future academic success, Fellows are not required to teach courses at Northeastern, but may give occasional guest lectures.

Fellows are encouraged to participate in grant proposal writing and in outreach activities, in additional to the customary activities of postdoctoral fellows: research, publication, and presentation.

The Northeastern University faculty member and the department chair supervising the Fellow’s host laboratory or laboratories must agree to furnish the laboratory space, laboratory supplies, and the Fellow’s access to equipment that is needed for the Fellow’s proposed research for the entire year.

The research project(s) to be carried out by the Fellow may be conducted in collaboration with the Northeastern University Principal Investigator(s) of the host lab(s)/department(s). Fellows are especially encouraged to pursue independent research.

Application Procedures

For fullest consideration, applicants must submit the following materials by January 15, 2016 for fellowships beginning on or after July 1, 2016.

  1. Cover letter, including a proposed start date
  2. Statement (2-4 pages) describing in detail how the applicant’s academic, employment, and/or personal experience and achievements demonstrate commitment to the program objectives described above
  3. A complete curriculum vitae
  4. An overview of career goals, including scholarship and teaching goals in a future faculty position (1-3 pages)
  5. A research proposal for the Fellowship year (3-5 pages)
  6. At least three letters of recommendation from advisors outside Northeastern
  7. Letter(s) of commitment from Northeastern University faculty member(s) who will serve as mentors and hosts (see below).

Applicants are asked to submit all materials online through the Northeastern Human Resources application system with letters of commitment sent directly to Kathleen Kenney, Program Coordinator, k.kenney@neu.edu. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Letters of Commitment

Northeastern University, through its faculty members, must agree to make several commitments to a potential Future Faculty Fellow in order for the potential Fellow to present a complete application for a Fellowship.

Letters of commitment must be obtained from each Northeastern faculty member who agrees to serve as a mentor and agrees to supervise the proposed Fellow in a Northeastern laboratory/department. The letter(s) will specify the equipment and resources that the Northeastern faculty member will make available to the Fellow. The letter(s) will also include a mentoring plan for the Fellow, including timelines and mechanisms for providing regular feedback to the Fellow and to enable the Fellow to work with the faculty member to establish a Career Development Plan. The faculty member must indicate his or her willingness to allow the Fellow to pursue independent research, and must describe how a balance between independent and collaborative research will be achieved. The research topics to be pursued by the Fellow will be identified and by mutual agreement between the Fellow and the faculty mentor(s), and ideally should be a mix of independent and collaborative research.

For assistance in connecting with a faculty member in your area of study, contact one of the faculty representatives below:

Bouve College of Health Sciences:
Deb Franko
College of Arts, Media & Design:
Greg Goodale
College of Engineering:
Tom Sheahan
College of Computer and Information Sciences:
Jay Aslam
College of Science:
Fred Davis
College of Social Sciences & Humanities:
Tim Cresswell
D'Amore-McKim School of Business 
Emery Trahan
School of Law
Dan Danielsen

Review and Selection

Applications will be reviewed, in order, by the department(s)/program(s)/center(s) with which the proposed faculty mentors are associated; the dean(s) of the proposed hosting college(s); and the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

Application for Fellowship Renewal

A Fellow may apply for renewal of his / her Fellowship for a second year. An application for renewal must include all of the items listed for Applications, above. In addition, the Fellow must indicate what accomplishments have been made toward fulfilling the objectives of the Program during the current Fellowship term. Renewal proposals should reflect a career trajectory of increasing independence from the Northeastern faculty mentor(s).

Contact Information

Questions regarding the program may be addressed to:

Jan Rinehart, Executive Director
Northeastern ADVANCE
411 Richards Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115