The goal of the Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Purdue Engineering is to attract and prepare outstanding individuals with recently awarded PhD’s for a career in engineering academia through interdisciplinary research, training and professional development.
The Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellows are selected not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements and proposed innovative interdisciplinary research but also for their potential for broader impact on industry and society. They undertake research with faculty mentors in different fields and participate in professional development activities tailored to their chosen path in academia.
ELIGIBILITY AND BENEFITS
U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who have either completed their PhD on or after Dec. 4, 2018, or are in the final year of their PhD program in engineering or related sciences, can apply. Non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents can apply only if they are currently in the U.S. AND have either completed their PhD on or after Dec. 4, 2018, or are in the final year of their PhD program in engineering or related sciences. Applicants with PhDs granted on or after 12/4/17 will also be considered in cases of childbirth or adoption.
U.S. Scholars from underrepresented backgrounds (Black, Native, Latinx, women, LGBTQIA) are encouraged to apply.
Gilbreth Fellows will have two co-advisors. One faculty co-advisor must have a primary appointment in an Engineering school/division. The second must have a primary appointment in a different Engineering school/division or at a non-engineering department at Purdue. An additional third collaborator from within or outside Purdue can also participate in the project. A candidate’s Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship co-advisor(s) cannot include their PhD thesis advisor(s).
Applicants can (a) propose their own innovative research proposal and suggest potential Purdue co-advisors, or (b) choose to develop their proposal based on interdisciplinary topics already posted by faculty on the fellowship website.
Gilbreth Fellows are appointed for a two-year term, and receive an annual stipend of $70,000 and benefits. A $5,000 grant is also provided for professional development such as attending conferences or workshops and are mentored for their future academic careers through a variety of programs.
The Gilbreth Fellowship is a full time appointment and the Fellows undertake research with their faculty co-advisors, participate in professional development activities, and are required to prepare and submit short annual reports on their achievements.
Cover letter describing how the Gilbreth Fellowship will help the candidates progress towards their goals in Engineering academia.
Curriculum Vitae including list of publications.
One-page research statement that includes goals and significance of proposed interdisciplinary work and lists potential Purdue engineering faculty members who can be co-advisors.
A one-page essay on their proposed broader impact through education/outreach/engagement.
Three letters of recommendation that include detailed assessments of (a) the candidate’s qualifications and (b) potential for success in academia through scholarly research and broader impact through research/education/engagement. Letters from potential Purdue co-advisors will not be accepted.
Apply at https://purdue.infoready4.com/ on the Purdue University Internal Competitions and Limited Submissions page by clicking on Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021-22. You may sort by the due date of 12/4/2020 to access it more readily.
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Deadline for submission of cover letter, curriculum vita, research statement and impact statement as a single .pdf is December 4, 2020.
Deadline for letters of recommendation: all three of the candidate's letters of recommendation must be received by December 4, 2020.
Awardees will be selected based on faculty committee recommendations and approval of co-advisors and school/division heads. Gilbreth Fellowship awardees will be announced by March 12, 2021.
Fellowship start dates must be in 2021.
Additional Salary Information: $5,000 professional development grant in addition to annual salary
About Purdue University, College of Engineering
Purdue’s College of Engineering is among the largest in graduate and undergraduate engineering enrollments in America. Established in 1869, Purdue is Indiana’s land-grant university, a comprehensive educational and research institution that is a member of the American Association of Universities (AAU). The West Lafayette Campus, located one hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of downtown Chicago, has ten academic colleges with an enrollment of 40,000 students. Purdue’s strengths in Agriculture, Science, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Liberal Arts, Management, and the Health and Human Sciences contribute to a robust research and educational environment and complement Engineering’s world class programs.
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