Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship


General Information

Candidates in all disciplines represented at Northeastern University are invited to apply for the ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development’s Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Northeastern University’s mission emphasizes translational research that addresses global challenges and enhances social wellbeing. Moreover, the university strives to create a vibrant and diverse community, characterized by collaboration, creativity, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Northeastern University celebrates diversity in all its forms and fosters a culture of respect that affirms intergroup relations and builds community.

Regrettably, the university is unable to offer work sponsorship for this position, now or in the future.

Award Details

Consistent with Northeastern University’s mission, vision, and core values, the objectives of the Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship Program are to:

  • Introduce Northeastern University’s academic community to postdoctoral researchers who are considering faculty careers.
  • Enhance opportunities for those who are members of groups whose representation in faculty positions is smaller than their representation in the U.S. population. This includes women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, first-generation students, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. They must also show a demonstrated commitment to an inclusive faculty and an inclusive academic experience for all students.
  • Prepare Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellows for possible tenure-track appointments at Northeastern University.
  • Enhance the academic environment of Northeastern University by providing opportunities for students and faculty to gain experience in multicultural, broadly diverse and inclusive work settings and research collaborations that improve the capacity of all their members.

Fellowship Terms

Northeastern University will provide the fellow with placement in at least one host laboratory, academic program, or department in their area of academic interest or specialty.

Northeastern University will provide the fellow with at least one faculty member to serve as a mentor.

Northeastern University will appoint each Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow for a 12-month term. Fellows whose appointment begins during the 2024-2025 academic year will receive an annual salary of $60,000 plus health benefits, as well as $5,000 toward conference travel and other research-related expenses.

The fellow may be considered for a faculty appointment at Northeastern University if the department has an open position and the search committee selects them for an interview. A fellow is not required to accept a post-fellowship faculty appointment as a condition of the fellowship, nor is the university obligated to offer any fellow a faculty appointment upon completion of their fellowship. The fellowship program is intended as a step toward a fellow’s development as a potential faculty member at Northeastern University or another institution of higher education.

Each fellow must present at least one research seminar or colloquium on the Northeastern University campus during the academic year of the fellowship. Each fellow also must give at least one presentation on their research at a national or international conference during the academic year of the fellowship. All publications, conference presentations, and seminars authored or coauthored by the fellow must acknowledge support by the Northeastern University Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

As the Future Faculty Post-Doctoral Fellowship program is designed to help the fellow build a research portfolio toward their future academic success, fellows are not required to teach courses at Northeastern University but may deliver occasional guest lectures.

Fellows are encouraged to participate in grant and foundation proposal writing and in outreach activities, in addition to the customary activities of postdoctoral fellows of research, publication, and presentation.

The Northeastern University faculty members and the host disciplines department chairs supervising the fellow must agree to furnish the laboratory and/or office space, and provide supplies and access to equipment used to support the fellow’s proposed research for the entire year.

The research projects to be carried out by the fellow may be conducted in collaboration with the Northeastern University Principal Investigators of the host disciplines. Fellows are especially encouraged to pursue independent research.



A prospective fellow must have completed their Ph.D. by the start of their fellowship term and no earlier than four years before the start of the fellowship term.
Fellows will be selected based on academic promise; alignment of academic objectives with Northeastern University’s research projects, particularly with the potential research project(s) and lab(s) to which the fellow would be assigned; and commitment to a diverse and inclusive academic community.
Current postdoctoral scholars and Ph.D. students at Northeastern University or those otherwise employed by Northeastern University are not eligible to apply.
A prospective fellow must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America. Regrettably, the university is unable to offer work sponsorship for this position, now or in the future.
Applicants must identify one or more faculty members with similar research interests to support their application and, if selected, mentor their research. More information on this requirement can be found under Application Procedure.


How to Apply

Associate Deans for Academic Affairs

We require that applicants contact the associate dean for faculty affairs in their research area (listed below) for suggestions of possible faculty mentors.

Bouvé College of Health Sciences
College of Arts, Media & Design
D’Amore-McKim School of Business
College of Engineering
Khoury College of Computer Sciences
College of Science
School of Law