Postdoctoral Fellowship at Purdue Engineering Honoring Lillian Gilbreth
Prepare for a career in engineering academia through interdisciplinary research, training, & professional development.
The Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellows are selected not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements and proposed innovative interdisciplinary research but also for their potential for broader impact on industry and society. They undertake research with faculty mentors in different fields and participate in professional development activities tailored to their chosen path in academia.
ELIGIBILITY AND BENEFITS
Individuals who have either completed their PhD on or after Dec. 31, 2021, or are in the final year of their PhD program in engineering or related sciences, can apply. Applicants who currently reside outside of the United States must receive endorsement from their proposed co-advisors in order to be considered. This endorsement will be requested as part of the internal selection process; applicants are not required to contact the proposed co-advisors prior to applying.
Applicants with PhDs granted on or after Dec. 31, 2020, and who had a break in education or employment due to the birth or adoption of a child, will also be considered.
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Gilbreth Fellows will have two co-advisors. One faculty co-advisor must have a primary appointment in an Engineering school/division. The second must have a primary appointment in a different Engineering school/division or at a non-engineering department at Purdue. An additional third collaborator from within or outside Purdue can also participate in the project. A candidate’s Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship co-advisor(s) cannot include their PhD thesis advisor(s).
Applicants can (a) propose their own innovative research proposal and suggest potential Purdue co-advisors, or (b) choose to develop their proposal based on interdisciplinary topics already posted by faculty on the fellowship website.
Gilbreth Fellows are appointed for a two-year term, and receive an annual stipend of $70,000 and benefits. A $5,000 grant is also provided for professional development such as attending conferences or workshops, and Fellows are mentored for their future academic careers through a variety of programs.
The Gilbreth Fellowship is a full-time appointment and the Fellows undertake research with their faculty co-advisors, participate in professional development activities, and are required to prepare and submit short annual reports on their achievements.
1. Cover letter describing how the Gilbreth Fellowship will help the candidates progress towards their goals in Engineering academia.
2. Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications.
3. One-page research statement that includes goals and significance of proposed interdisciplinary work and lists potential Purdue engineering faculty members who can be co-advisors.
4. A one-page essay on their proposed broader impact through education/outreach/engagement.
5. Three letters of recommendation that include detailed assessments of (a) the candidate’s qualifications and (b) potential for success in academia through scholarly research and broader impact through research/education/engagement. Letters from potential Purdue co-advisors will not be accepted.
Applications are accepted beginning July 12, 2023. Apply at the Purdue University Internal Competitions and Limited Submissions page https://purdue.infoready4.com/) by clicking on Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowships 2024-25. You may sort by the due date of 11/01/2023 to access it more readily.