Inspiring the next generation of research leaders through inclusive, rigorous postdoctoral training
Diverse backgrounds, expertise and viewpoints are foundational to exceptional science and innovation. Van Andel Institute’s Inspire Fellowship is designed to enhance diversity and increase representation at VAI and in the broader biomedical research community by supporting postdoctoral fellows who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (as defined by the National Institutes of Health). The fellowship offers cutting-edge research training in the Institute’s labs, complemented by state-of-the-art Core Technologies and Services and a fellowship-specific professional development activity. Inspire Fellows will emerge from their time at VAI with comprehensive training in their field of interest and a professional foundation from which to launch their independent research careers.
Questions? Please contact Dr. Erica Gobrogge, program director of VAI’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, at email@example.com.
The application period for the Inspire Fellowship is open through December 1, 2021. Start your application by clicking “Apply Now” above.
Eligibility: Applicants must be within 12 months of completing a Ph.D., M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who identify as members of an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic group as defined by the National Institutes of Health.
Prior to beginning the application, please prepare the following required materials:
Each fellowship provides $50,000 per year toward the Inspire Fellow’s salary. This support is renewable for up to two additional years (totaling three years).
Inspire Fellows also will form a cohort that meets for monthly professional development events.
Applications for VAI postdoc positions and the Inspire Fellowship are separate. Applicants for Inspire Fellowships should apply for a VAI postdoc position either before or at the same time as Inspire. Applicants may either directly apply to an open postdoc position or email a VAI faculty member whose research interests them to inquire about potential positions
Questions? Contact Dr. Erica Gobrogge, program director of VAI’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to submit a separate employee application along with my Inspire Fellowship application?
Applicants who currently do not have a postdoctoral position at VAI should first submit the Inspire Fellowship application. Details on required materials may be found under the “Apply” tab. The application may be found here.
We encourage you to apply to any open postdoctoral positions of interest and/or contact faculty mentors of interest directly via email after you submit your Inspire Fellowship application. You may find open positions on VAI’s Career Center.
How many fellowships are available?
Four Inspire Fellowships are available. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2021.
Who reviews applications? When will I find out if I’m accepted?
Applications will be reviewed by the Inspire Fellowship steering committee, which is comprised of VAI faculty and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs leadership. We will notify all applicants regarding the outcome of their application no later than March 1, 2022.
I’m also interested in VAI’s Postdoc Preview and/or the Cancer Epigenetics Training Program Fellowship. How do I apply?
Applications for Postdoc Preview, the Cancer Epigenetics Training Program and the Inspire Fellowship are separate. However, applicants may reuse the same materials for each application (for example, you may reuse an Inspire Fellowship reference letter for the other applications). Please double check the application requirements for each program, as they may have additional required components.