Life Sciences Fellows Program - University of Michigan



The Medical School, the College of Pharmacy, and College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), and the Life Sciences Institute (LSI) at the University of Michigan have partnered to offer the Michigan Life Sciences Fellows program, a highly competitive postdoctoral fellowship program to enhance the research program of the entire life sciences enterprise at Michigan.

The Michigan Life Sciences Fellows program aims not just to train the next generation of scientists, but the next generation of scientific leaders. The Michigan Life Sciences Fellows program provides additional salary and financial resources, along with flexibility and freedom to pursue research ideas, creating a unique multidisciplinary community of scholars and providing mentorship focused on nurturing and launching truly innovative scientists into groundbreaking careers.
"Postdoctoral fellows are an important engine driving academic life sciences research," says Roger D. Cone, Ph.D., the Mary Sue Coleman Director of the U-M Life Sciences Institute and vice provost and director of the U-M biosciences initative. "Our philosophy is to do everything we can to help Michigan Life Sciences Fellows succeed in building the careers that will drive the science of tomorrow."
  • Fellows are appointed for a 12-month period, with the expectation the appointment will be renewed each year for three years.
  • Fellows will join a research group within our nationally ranked Medical School (No. 9, U.S. News & World Report), College of Pharmacy (No. 3, U.S. News & World Report), College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, or the U-M Life Sciences Institute. Fellows may indicate an interest in working with up to three research groups during the application process.
  • The fellowship includes an annual stipend of $60,000, $25,000 toward independent research, and a $2,000 annual travel stipend. 
  • Fellows also receive a subsidized health and dental plan for the fellow and his or her dependents, optional life insurance, and up to three weeks of paid sick leave and one month of vacation annually. For more information, visit Academic Human Resources.
  • Fellows can negotiate their starting dates between March and June 2018. 
    • We are seeking early-career researchers of exceptional promise in the biological sciences — biological chemistry, chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, cell biology, structural biology, human genetics, bioinformatics, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, etc.
    • Applicants must be less than six months post-degree (Ph.D., M.D., Pharm.D., M.D./Ph.D., or Pharm.D./Ph.D.) at the time of application, or graduate students in the final year of their doctoral degree. Degree confirmation must to be provided prior to the start of the fellowship.
    • Applicants from the University of Michigan will not be funded to work in the same lab in which they undertook their doctoral work, nor in labs where they are currently serving as a postdoc.
    • International students are welcome to apply. International applicants who have just completed their degree will be expected to take advantage of the F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) training time allowed or STEM status, if applicable. Those not eligible for F-1 OPT will be assisted in obtaining a visa.
    • Although this program is open to all, women, first-generation college students, and minorities underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. (U-M nondiscrimination policy)


  • Complete the online application form, which asks for:
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
Please read and refer to these more detailed instructions as you complete the online application.
The application will open soon.
Applicants will be notified when all materials have been received.


Natalie Bartolacci