Science Fellows Program

The Northeastern Science Fellows Program offers exceptional junior scientists the opportunity to develop independent research programs, as an alternative to traditional postdoctoral training. The Fellows Program thus provides a powerful pathway to an independent faculty career. 

The Program

  • Northeastern University Science Fellows are prestigious, independent postdoctoral researchers.
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to develop groundbreaking research programs, and to build research acumen and reputation.
  • Fellows receive salary support, space, and research funding.
  • Extensive mentorship by College of Science faculty will provide Fellows with feedback and guidance. Additional mentoring and education will be offered on relevant topics including grant writing, publishing, communicating, building a research group, entrepreneurship, and teaching.
  • Fellows can co-supervise graduate students, or supervise postdoctoral trainees, technicians, and undergraduates.
  • As their research program develops, Fellows will be encouraged to secure external funding.
  • The focus of the program is on research, and there is no teaching responsibility.

Newly qualified PhD recipients with an outstanding track record of high-impact research, and with ideas and potential for an independent research program will be considered. Candidates may have a history of successful fellowship funding.

The position will be for one year with the possibility of renewal.

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Science Fellows will be supported through a formal mentoring program. Two faculty mentors will be identified in consultation with the Science Fellow and the Department Chair. These mentors will meet regularly with the Fellow to assist with the development of the Fellow’s independent research program.

The COS Associate Dean for Research will introduce the Fellow to key Research Development staff and resources at Northeastern, and provide support for the development of research proposals. The Fellow will be encouraged to participate in the Postdoctoral Scientist career development, leadership training, and social programming offered through the College of Science, the PhD Network, CATLR, and ADVANCE.


Lab and office space and a research allowance will be provided. Fellows will have access to shared equipment, and state-of-the-art Centers and Facilities at Northeastern, and in the Boston area.


Fellows will build an independent research program and work to develop independent research funding. The expectation is that the Science Fellows will transition to a tenure-track faculty position following the Postdoctoral period.

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