NYU Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity Fellowship
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
New York University (NYU) is dedicated to ensuring a diverse, scholarly environment and encouraging individuals to enter the academic profession. To that end, NYU has created the NYU Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity Fellowship Program to attract and support promising scholars and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse groups whose life experience, research experience, and employment background will contribute significantly to academic excellence. Applicants with strengths in the sciences, health professions, law, and social sciences will be particularly welcome.
Question: What are the page limits and size limits for the application materials?
Answer: Each document is limited to 5MB. We recommend that your statements not exceed five pages each.
Question: Is it acceptable to submit additional materials?
Answer: No. We do not have the resources to consider materials other than those requested.
Question: What should I include in my statement of research and goals?
Answer: The research you describe in your statement should be the research you intend to conduct if you were to become a fellow. Your goals should include what you would like to accomplish if you were a fellow and how that fits into your long-term career goals. We recommend that you limit your research statement to five pages.
Question: Do I need to know which department would host me?
Answer: You will be asked to suggest a school and, where appropriate, a department that would host you. Therefore, we advise you to study the NYU website before you make your request. However, we do not guarantee that fellows will be placed in the school or department they request. Your hosting school and department will depend on factors such as the availability of a mentor.
Question: Do I need to have a mentor identified when I apply?
Answer: No. You do not need to identify a mentor. You are welcome to make recommendations. Should you be chosen as a fellow your school would match you with an appropriate mentor.
Question: What if I do not have my PhD now, but I plan to complete my PhD before the fellowship begins?
Answer: You may apply in the doctoral student category, but you will have to present evidence that you have completed all the requirements for the PhD when the fellowship begins.
Question: How many letters of reference do I need? How are they submitted?
Answer: NYU must receive a minimum of 3 letters of reference to consider you fully for this fellowship. The system will email the reference providers you submit, and you will be able to track the status of these reference letters online. An email request will be sent; however, you may want to contact the referent directly to make certain they are aware of the request. Important: please note that the system will not email your reference providers until you receive a confirmation number that you have finished applying. You must attach required documents and fill out the application form completely to receive a confirmation number.
Question: Is Interfolio compatible with the application system?
Answer: Yes. When you submit the name and email address of a referee into the application system, do not enter the referee's direct email address. Instead, enter the unique email address that Interfolio has assigned to that referee (Interfolio assigns a unique email address for every reference provider when Interfolio receives a letter to be filed.). You may go to your personal Interfolio 'web delivery' page and from there copy and paste the unique e-mail address Interfolio assigned to the reference writer. Thus, when the application system sends out its automatic email to request a referee letter, the email is sent to Interfolio. Based on the e-mail address, Interfolio uploads the appropriate letter into the application system.
Question: What does the in-residence requirement mean?
Answer: The fellowship requires that you live within the New York City metropolitan area. A goal of the program is to build a community in which the fellows are available to participate.
Question: May fellows choose their own housing? Is there housing suggested/provided by NYU?
Answer: We do not provide housing for the fellows. We provide an allowance and, if requested, some guidance in navigating the New York City real estate market.
Question: What is required of a fellow participating in the program?
Answer: As a fellow, you would be required to teach up to one course per semester. Generally, we expect fellows to participate in the life of the department and school as well as participate in the community of fellows.
Question: Whom may I contact if I have additional questions about the fellowship?
Answer: You may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: Whom may I contact if I have additional questions about the online application process?
Answer: You may send an email to email@example.com.