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Visiting Scholars Fund and Postdoctoral Fellowships for Diversity and Academic Excellence

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**At this time, we are not accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year.**


The University of Rochester is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for learning, research, and teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. To accomplish this, we bring together faculty, students, and staff who have achieved excellence and who are dedicated to building an inclusive community that encourages all of its members to succeed and grow.  The award seeks to attract underrepresented minority[1] visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows to conduct research and/or teach at the University of Rochester.  Applications from all academic areas of the University are encouraged.  It is essential that departments provide support for resources, space, and staff.

[1] Underrepresented minority groups include traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and groups underrepresented in a specific field based on gender or disability.

Fund Eligibility:

To be eligible for any mechanism within this award, you must demonstrate how the applicant or application increases the diversity of our campus: we seek to attract scholars and fellows from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnics groups, as well as underrepresented groups within specific fields based on gender or disability.

Visiting Scholar – The terms of the award for visiting scholars are intentionally broad.  Funding is available for short-term appointments. For example, the fund can be used for a time period of two to four weeks for scholars to give lectures in specific classes, meet with graduate students, or consult on research programs or writing projects. Proposals for short-term appointments are solicited on a rolling basis.  Funding is also available for longer-term appointments.  For example, the fund can be used for a time period of one semester or one year.  (See reference chart below).  The award will provide up to $50,000 per year for visiting scholars. 

Postdoctoral Fellowships – The award for postdoctoral fellowships is designed to support postdoctoral fellows in all areas of study and seeks to attract graduate students who have completed their PhD by the start date (faculty from other institutes who have completed their dissertation within the last three years are eligible.)  Postdoctoral fellows already at the University will not be considered.  The award will provide a stipend of up to $40,000 per year, for up to two years. 

Application Procedure:

**At this time, we are not accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year.**

Please contact Kurt Zeller at or 585-276-5668 with questions.

Review Process:

Applications for visiting scholar will be evaluated by a review committee.  This committee will consist of a group of faculty from all six schools.  For the long-term visiting scholars, the review committee is advisory to the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and the Provost, who will make final award decisions.  Decisions about applications for short-term scholars and post-doctoral fellows will be made by the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity in consultation with the Provost on a rolling basis.


Should you have any questions with respect to this award or the application process, please contact Kurt Zeller at or 585-276-5668.

Visiting Faculty Reference Chart