DRI Funding Support for Postdoctoral Fellowships
Program Overview:

The Division of Research and Innovation (DRI) is pleased to announce a call for the funding of Postdoctoral Fellowships. Funds are available to support Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) endeavors at SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley. The purpose of this program is to provide support to faculty RSCA efforts that will have significant long-term impacts on the research, scholarship, and creative activities of our campuses. DRI will be providing funds to support Postdoctoral Fellowships (with faculty matching) for a period of two years. 

Tenured or tenure-track SDSU faculty at all academic ranks and SDSU Research Faculty. 
Award Specifics:

This program can fund Postdoctoral Fellows for a two-year period. DRI will provide 50% of the funding for salary and benefits each year per Fellow. Faculty are required to provide 50% in matching funds per year per Fellow (see below). Awarded faculty will be responsible for recruiting and selecting the Postdoctoral Fellow under the SDSU Research Foundation hiring guidelines. Fellows can be paid $50k - $65k/year + fringe benefits depending on disciplinary background and candidate experience. 
Matching Funds:

For this program faculty are required to provide 50% of funding each year of the program (for two years) to contribute to the salary and benefits of the Postdoctoral Fellow. This funding could come from start-up funds, extramural funding (e.g., contracts or grants), or from research support funds. The funds must be identified when the application is submitted. Please provide letters of commitment or evidence of these funding sources in your application. 
Application Details (3-4 pages—does not include evidence of funding sources or letters of commitment)

  • Description/Justification of Request: Please describe the necessity for bringing a Postdoctoral Fellow onto your team. How will having this position help to significantly move your RSCA forward (e.g., apply for additional funding, complete a project or projects, etc.)?
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Training/Mentoring Plan: Please provide a training/mentoring plan for the Postdoctoral Fellow. This could include specific elements of training you plan to provide (e.g., specific technical skills, grant writing, analysis or display of data, production design, archival research,, opportunities to attend conferences and networking opportunities, as well as pertinent professional training provided at SDSU through the Center on Teaching and Learning, the Center for Inclusive Excellence, or Research Advancement programs for Postdocs--GREW for Grads). Examples of training plans can be found below.
  • Planned RSCA Activities for Postdoctoral Fellow: Please describe the RSCA-related activities you plan to have the Postdoctoral Fellow engage in under your mentorship. These could include activities such as assisting with grant writing, data analysis, the writing of manuscripts/monographs, archival research, editing and curation of works, etc. Please include how completing these activities during the two-year period will significantly impact your RSCA program.
  • Timeline: Please include a timeline that includes the training/mentoring plan as well as the RSCA activities planned for the Postdoctoral Fellow.
    Description of Matching Funds: Please describe the source of matching funds and provide a SDSURF fund number (if applicable). Faculty must have at least two years (50% per year) of matching funds available that covers the period July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024. Please include documentation (not counted in the page count) of these funds. Applications without sufficient matching funds will not be considered for funding.

Letter(s) of commitment (if applicable): If matching funding is coming from a third party or outside source, please submit a letter of commitment from the outside funding source. 

Application Submission: Please submit your application through the SDSU Competitions Portal (e.g., InfoReady). Complete the online application and upload your 3-4 page narrative within InfoReady.

Application Review: Applications will be scored using the following criteria: 1) the extent to which having a postdoctoral fellow will advance the RSCA efforts of the faculty applicant; 2) strength of training/mentoring plan; 3) the extent to which planned postdoc activities will significantly impact applicant’s RSCA program; 4) clarity of proposal. 
Reporting: Faculty receiving funding from this program will be required to submit a report following the last year of funding (e.g., June 30, 2024). Reports will be due August 30, 2024. DRI will send information about the report three months prior to the funding end date. 

February 25th —Call for applications opens via InfoReady
March 25th —Applications due at 11:59 pm
March 28th to April 8th —Application review 
Funded application the week of 4/11
July 1—Postdoctoral Fellowships begins
June 30th, 2024 –Postdoctoral Fellowships ends
August 30th, 2024—Reports due to DRI

Please contact Mark Reed ([email protected]) with questions about this program.