2018 President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program call for nominations

The Ohio State University President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PPSP) seeks to recognize outstanding young researchers at the university and aid in the recruitment of highly qualified postdoctoral fellows who will become leaders in their fields.

The program will provide funding to support further scholarly training of PhDs and terminal degree holders who wish to pursue careers in research and creative expression. Postdoctoral research funding, professional development and faculty mentoring will be offered.


Awards will provide salary support (starting at $50,000), benefits (including health insurance, paid vacation/sick leave) and up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12 months and may be renewed for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity and adequate career development as evidenced by successful implementation of a mentoring plan.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees must:

  • Hold a PhD or other appropriate terminal degree from an accredited university before the start of their postdoctoral training.
  • Show evidence of superior academic achievement (such as research or creative expression outcomes, honors or other academic designation).
  • Obtain the sponsorship of a tenured Ohio State faculty member who is willing to serve as their primary mentor (cannot be their Ohio State dissertation advisor).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a career in research and creative expression (preference will be given to candidates who wish to pursue academic careers).
  • Present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Evaluation of Nominations

Faculty reviewers will evaluate candidates based on their academic accomplishments, including the strength of their research/creative expression and career potential in higher education or industry. Faculty reviewers may also take into consideration the faculty mentor/sponsors potential to work productively with the nominee and contribute to the nominee’s career development based on their previous success in mentoring postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.


Submit nominations using the PPSP nomination form. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

For additional information and submission instructions, download the call for nominations.

Direct questions to:

Marcela Hernandez, Administrative Director
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Based on the inquiries our office has received, we have put together a list of FAQs that we hope will be useful for those planning on submitting nominations to the President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program.