Rationale and Goal: In order to enhance career opportunities available to postdoctoral scholars at UAB, the Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) is providing monies to assist with the funding of internships in industrial, administrative, or academic settings within UAB or the Birmingham area. We believe that helping to provide such opportunities will add to the development and training experiences of postdoctoral scholars as they define their independent career paths.
1.) The OPE will fund up to two awards per year in the amount of $5000.00 each to aid scholars in their performance of internships within or outside of UAB. Specifically, these monies will be used to purchase a percentage of a postdoctoral scholar’s effort from his/her mentor for the purposes of completing an internship.
2.) Postdoctoral scholars in their second or subsequent years of postdoctoral training are eligible. Interested scholars must submit:
- an updated CV
- A short description (no longer than two pages) of the internship and the potential benefits to his/her career
- A letter from their mentor endorsing this activity
- A letter of invitation from collaborative research faculty or professional organization
- A description of the internship training plan and evaluation process
3.) Following submission, applications will be reviewed and ranked by a group of Council of Postdoctoral Education (COPE) members according to:
- potential impact of the educational activity to the career development of the applicant
- research productivity of the applicant during his/her postdoctoral training as judged by publication and presentations in national and international meetings
4.) Applications for this award will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling receipt basis. Internships must be completed within one year of notice of award.
5.) Internships for a 6 week period may be performed in an industrial, administrative, or academic setting. The length of the internship may be extended pending mentor’s approval and availability of supplementary funds from the internship host. These monies are not to be used for the purpose of travel to scientific meetings. Acceptance into a desired internship does not guarantee receipt of The Office of Postdoctoral Education Internship Award.
6.) All awardees will be required to present a summary of their internship experiences during the OPE career workshop series. In addition, awardees will be required to provide contact information upon the completion of their postdoctoral training in order to track their career paths. All participating mentors and internship hosts will be required to submit evaluations of the postdoctoral interns and provide feedback regarding the benefit of the postdoctoral internship experience to their respective laboratories / offices.
For more information or to submit your application, contact Alana Keith in the OPE at 975-7021.