January 2015 Postdoc Newsletter


January 2015 Updates


Dear Postdocs:


Happy New Year! The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to share several upcoming events and programs in the coming months, including a non-academic job search series and negotiation workshop!




Postdoc Orientation

January 15th from 10:00am – 11:00, New Cabell Hall 504


We encourage all new postdocs to attend our monthly New Postdoc Orientation where you will receive an overview of the services that will help get you started and connected to the community. Registration Requested.


Monthly Lunch and Learn Series: Citation and Bibliography Management Tools

January 15th  from 12:00-1:00, New Cabell Hall 504

We provide the cookies and tea and you bring your bag lunch!


Join staff from the university library systems as they provide an overview and discussion of the products available to help manage citations and format manuscripts and bibliographies.  They will discuss what options are available through UVa subscriptions as well as useful free and low-cost products. All are welcome, from citation management novices to experts: come and share your experiences to make collecting citations and manuscript preparation easier! 

Registration Requested.



Chalk Talk/Happy Hour Series

January 30th  from 5:00-6:30pm, OpenGrounds


Join your fellow postdocs and hear about the research happening all around grounds, network, and enjoy refreshments! This is a drop-in event. Chalks occur in between networking and mingling among postdocs.



Beyond the Academy Job Search Series

Do you feel lost because your job search is taking you beyond the academy? These “boot camp” style workshops will help prepare you for the non-academic job search process in one week!


You may register for as many or as few sessions as you like!


Monday, February 2, 10:30am - 11:30am: Converting a CV to a Resume

Participants will learn how to convert their academic experiences to transferable and marketable experiences for the non-academic market. Please bring a hard copy of your resume draft to this event.


Tuesday, February 3, 10:30am - 12:00pm: Cover Letter Writing

Participants will learn how to draft a cover letter using a non-academic job ad. Please bring a copy of a job advertisement you would like to apply to and a hard copy of your cover letter draft.


Wednesday, February 4, 10:30am - 12:00pm: Behavioral Interviewing

Participants will practice responding to authentic interview questions they may encounter during a non-academic job interview.


Thursday, February 5, 10:30am - 12:00pm: Negotiation 101

Participants will work through a real case study to understand basic negotiation skills useful for negotiation your first job offer. Basic concepts and strategies in decision making will be discussed in this interactive workshop.


All workshops located in Holloway Hall, Bavaro 116

Register Today!



Save the Date: Annual Postdoc Research Symposium

May 1, 2015


Call for Abstract Submissions for posters and presentations: February 1 – April 1, 2015

8 selected platform talks. Prizes for best talks and posters!

Specific details will be provided in the February newsletter.



Your responses will help inform the development of new programs and events for the Annual Research Symposium and for the remainder of the 2015 year.



Programs and Opportunities


New Horizons Travel Grant


To address the need for Postdocs to explore new areas in research, scholarship, and career development, the Office of the Vice President for Research supports the New Horizons Travel Grants, a program that will provide up to fifteen postdoc reviewed grants in 2014-2015 of $750 each to postdocs who wish to explore new areas, obtain additional training, and/or to participate in conferences that may be out of the mainstream of their current work. Please review the criteria at: http://postdoc.virginia.edu/newhorizons. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2015!





Provides from $30,000 to $50,000 support over a one-year period for projects that improve trainees’ readiness for stable, fulfilling careers and that have potential for being affordably deployed at a larger scale.  Applicants must be in an accredited, degree-granting institution or other science-focused non-profit in the United States or Canada.

Application Deadline: March 16, 2015


Note:  There are two conference calls scheduled to further discuss the requirements of this program:  Jan. 20, 2015 and Feb. 17, 2015.  Details

•              Complete eligibility requirements





Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering at the time of application; and interested in investigating research opportunities in the biological sciences.  Biologists holding a doctorate degree at the time of application who are interested in working with physical scientists, mathematicians, engineers, chemists, statisticians, or computer scientists to incorporate their ideas and approaches to answering biological questions are eligible to apply.

Provides up to $15,000 in support for researchers from degree-granting institutions to travel either domestically or internationally to a laboratory to acquire a new research technique or to facilitate a collaboration.

Application Deadline: Febraury 2, 2015.

•              Complete eligibility requirements 





In order to better accommodate the interests and commitments of postdoctoral/early career scholars, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now offering an additional application cycle for a select number of 2015-2016 postdoctoral awards, with a deadline ofJanuary 15, 2015. Brazil is among the group countries participating:


Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral/terminal degree—typically within the five previous years. These grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted PhDs to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social science Scholars will be expected to engage with graduate students in the host country and to be involved with host university training in cutting edge research in their specializations. In addition to their primary research or teaching activities, grantees will be asked to give public talks, mentor students and otherwise engage with the host country academic community.


Contact person:

Alisha Scott

Program Officer, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Institute of International Education (IIE)


1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20005

Phone +1.202.686.4016 | Fax +1.202.686.4029

ascott@iie.org | www.iie.org/cies