• Information About Awards

    Notice about Training Awards

    Effective May 2020, cost reduction measures have been established campus-wide. As a result, all training awards have temporarily been suspended. A notice will be sent to trainees and faculty when awards are restored.

  • Travel Award

    The Office of Postdoctoral Education announces Travel Awards for Postdoctoral Scholars. Four awards will be given to Postdoctoral Scholars to enhance their professional development. Allowable expenses include travel to national or international scientific meetings for the purpose of giving an oral presentation (no posters). These monies are not to be used for the purpose of attending extramural courses (e.g. NIH, Cold Spring Harbor, Woods Hole, etc) or visiting laboratories to perform collaborative studies.

    Applicants must be postdoctoral scholars in good standing at UAB. Interested parties must submit:


    • an updated CV
    • a short description (no longer than two pages) of the scientific meeting or conference as well as the potential benefits to his/her career plans
    • a letter from the mentor endorsing this travel
    • a letter of invitation from the meeting or conference organizers to give an oral presentation on research-related work
    • a budget of anticipated expenses

    Applications should be sent by email to the Office of Postdoctoral Education. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All applications will be reviewed by the Office of Postdoctoral Education and ranked according to the following criteria: 1) potential impact of attendance at the scientific meeting or conference to the career development of the applicant; and 2) research productivity of the applicant during his/her postdoctoral training as judged by publication and presentations in national and international meetings. Successful applicants will be notified in writing.  All requests for reimbursement must be submitted within 30 days of the activity. 

    See expenditure guidelines at the UAB Financial Affairs website for all reimbursable items for employee or trainee travel and the appropriate procedures. Airline tickets may be provided in advance by the UAB Travel office.

    Receipt of this award does not guarantee an oral presentation at the desired meeting; similarly, a oral presentation at a desired meeting does not guarantee receipt of the Postdoctoral Travel Award. 

    Submit applications to: Office of Postdoctoral Education.

    Electronic submission is required to postdocs@uab.edu

    For additional information, please call 975-7020 or email postdocs@uab.edu.

  • Career Enhancement Award

    The Office of Postdoctoral Education announces the Career Enhancement Awards for Postdoctoral Scholars. Four awards will be given to Postdoctoral Scholars to enhance their professional development. Allowable expenses include: Internships up to a one month period, attending extramural courses (e.g. NIH, Cold Spring Harbor, Woods Hole, etc) to learn new skills, and visiting laboratories to conduct collaborative studies. These funds cannot be used for the purpose of travel to scientific meetings. Previous CEA recipients are welcome to apply but should state in their application the date(s) of previous awards as well as the report of the activity.

    • Updated curriculum vitae
    • a short description (no longer than 2 pages) of the educational activity as well as the potential benefits
    • a letter from the mentor endorsing the activity
    • a letter of invitation from the collaborative research partner
    • a letter of invitation from the sponsoring event (if possible)
    • a budget of anticipated expenses

    Applications should be sent by email to the Office of Postdoctoral Education. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All applications will be reviewed and ranked according to the following criteria: (1) potential impact of the educational activity to the career development of the applicant and (2) research productivity of the applicant during his/her postdoctoral training as judged by publications and presentations in national and international meetings.  Successful applicants will be notified in writing. All requests for reimbursement must be submitted within 30 days of the activity. 

    See expenditure guidelines at the UAB Financial Affairs website for all reimbursable items for employee or trainee travel and the appropriate procedures. Airline tickets may be provided in advance by the UAB Travel office.

    Receipt of this award does not guarantee acceptance into the desired educational activity; similarly, acceptance into a desired educational activity does not guarantee receipt of the Postdoctoral Career Enhancement Award.  

    Electronic submission is required to postdocs@uab.edu

    For additional information, please call 975-7020 or email postdocs@uab.edu.

  • Grant Incentive Award

    Rationale and Goal

    The Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) believes that, in order to insure their future success, Postdoctoral Scholars must begin an independent track record of extramural funding early in their postdoctoral careers. Accordingly, the OPE has established The Office of Postdoctoral Education Postdoctoral Scholars Award, which provides a financial incentive designed to encourage scholars to apply for individual fellowships. The OPE anticipates that this award will increase the number of individual fellowships within various programs at UAB.

    Award Description:

    1. To qualify for this award, the scholar must provide to the OPE a copy of the submitted grant application along with the official award notification from the granting agency.
    2. If a postdoctoral scholar’s application is funded, that postdoctoral scholar will receive a financial reward will be designated as a recipient of The Office of Postdoctoral Education Postdoctoral Scholars Award.
    3. Awarded monies may be utilized to enhance the postdoctoral scholar’s training respective to the funded grant. Allowable expenses include internships up to a one month period, attending educational workshops, visiting laboratories to perform collaborative studies, travel to national and international professional conferences to present current findings, and, in general, expand their professional horizons. Research supplies, equipment or salary support will not be allowable expenses. All award winners must submit a short written report detailing their experiences before expenses will be reimbursed. Expenses are reimbursed upon submission of appropriate receipts according to UAB expenditure guidelines.

    Eligibility

    This award is available to postdoctoral scholar in any graduate discipline in which extramural individual fellowship funding is available. Such funding must provide more than half the scholar’s current salary. Applications for and receipt of travel and other small grants will not be eligible for this incentive plan. Only one Office of Postdoctoral Education Postdoctoral Scholars Award will be granted per person. An individual must apply for the award within six months of receiving the official award notification. The monies must be used within one year, and prior to changing out of a Postdoc Status 20 or 21.  Reimbursement must be requested immediately following the event.

  • Internship Award

    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.

    Award Description:

    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 organization or company
    • A description of the internship training plan and evaluation process

    3.)   Following submission, applications will be reviewed and ranked 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 Jami Armbrester in the Postdoc Office at 205.934.6809. Electronic submission is required to postdocs@uab.edu