Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowships provide funding for up to 3 years for talented PhDs engaged in craniofacially-relevant research or professionals (MD, DDS, etc.) enrolled in a PhD program. Fellows must devote full-time effort to basic science research during the fellowship; clinical research and clinical pratice are not supported. Applicants must identify a research interest and find a faculty mentor prior to applying for a MinnCResT Fellowship.

Postdoctoral fellowships provide a stipend, course and registration fees, health insurance, and research-related supply and travel funds. Stipends are assigned based on years of experience as specified by the NIH and the MinnCResT grant. Stipend levels are current and consistent with NIH guidelines, but are subject to change each year. The NIH Grants Policy Statement is the final authority on the terms and conditions of stipends.

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Eligible applicants:

  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application
  • Have completed a terminal degree (PhD, DDS, MD, etc.)
  • Have not exceeded NRSA postdoctoral funding limits as dictated by NIH
  • Are able to commit full-time effort to basic science research relevant to the craniofacial mission of the MinnCResT Program.  

Requirements and milestones

Requirements and milestones

Postdoctoral fellows spend the bulk of their time conducting research in their mentors' labs.

The MinnCResT Program’s mission is to train the next generation of independent investigators exploring questions in craniofacial, dental, and oral health research. All trainees, regardless of research focus, are required to pursue coursework and professional development activities that meet the program's mission. Postdoctoral trainees are expected to:

  • Attend monthly MinnCResT seminars;
  • Annually submit updated CV with annual activity report, addressing progress towards these benchmarks;
  • Audit at least 6 credits in Oral Biology (or equivalent);
  • Enroll for 6 graduate credits in the Preparing Future Faculty course sequence (GRAD 8101 and GRAD 8102);
  • Participate in a 1-month industrial internship or mentor a student through a 10-week research project;
  • Complete a draft of one research article for submission to a peer-refereed journal by the end of the first fellowship year, with the goal of submitting two papers over a three-year period;
  • Present research at a national/international professional meeting once a year;
  • Present research at an AADR or IADR meeting or NIDCR T32 fellows’ poster session at least once during fellowship;
  • Draft and submit a NIH F, K, or R series (or similar) research proposal;
  • By the end of the second fellowship year, present a seminar or lecture at one college or university seeking new faculty or in response to a job posting;
  • By the end of the third fellowship year, apply and receive an offer to transition from postdoctoral fellow to faculty or advanced career-track position.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications are now being accepted through June 30, 2021 at noon CDT. 

Applications must be submitted via email. Please include the following:

  • Application form: Word document or Google Form
  • Cover Letter. Be sure to address how your research will support the MinnCResT Program's mission.
  • A statement of goals, including research and career goals and their relevance to the MinnCResT mission. (1 to 2 pages)
  • CV or Resume
  • A research proposal describing in detail a significant question you would like to pursue. Explain why the question is important and/or significant and its relevance to craniofacial, oral, and/or dental health. Describe in detail specific strategies or experimental plans to address the question.
  • Three letters of recommendation (sent directly from the evaluators to Letters sent via the applicant are not considered.
  • Transcripts from all universities/colleges attended. Due to the pandemic, staff are working remotely and not able to access postal deliveries on a regular basis. Please send transcripts via email if at all possible. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this time. Official transcripts will be required at the time of award. NOTE: If you plan to submit a University of Minnesota transcript, please contact us. We can save you the cost of an official transcript.

Completed applications should be e-mailed to in a single .pdf file, if possible. Applications are reviewed after the deadline and all materials are received.

MinnCResT Program staff are happy to discuss your eligibility and proposed projects prior to application submission. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at