Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I determine if I am eligible to submit an application; what is the first step?

An Eligibility Quiz has been created to assist you in determining whether or not you are eligible to apply for this award. Successful completion of the quiz will take you directly to the application. You will be notified upon conclusion of the quiz if you are eligible to continue the application and apply for the grant.

Do I need to be nominated by my institution?

You must have a mentor at a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada where you will conduct the postdoctoral training.  Funding for the postdoc must have been secured and the position must begin on or before the award commencement date.  Applicants must be approved by an official responsible for sponsored programs at the degree-granting institution.

Can I apply if I have more than 36 months postdoc experience?

No, applicants should have no more than 36 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application and should not be more than five years from their Ph.D. 

Are permanent residents of the United States eligible to apply?

Applicants must be citizens of the United States or Canada at the time of the application deadline.

What role does the mentor play in my application?

The mentor is an important part of your application.  You should hold a position in your mentor’s lab at a degree granting institution in the U.S. or Canada.  The mentor is expected to provide a letter of nomination and the mentor’s commitment to the applicant’s career is important.  The mentor should explain in the letter how the applicant’s stipend will be covered during the tenure of the award.  The mentor may be requested to participate in a mentoring workshop.  Please review the RFP carefully for characteristics of the mentor, points the mentor should address in the nomination letter, and instructions for submission of the letter.

Is the BWF application deadline firm?

Yes.

Can I submit a paper application?

No. BWF requires that all applications for this program be submitted electronically by the application deadline. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Can I change my application once submitted?

No. Once your application is submitted, it cannot be changed.

To whom should my mentor letter be addressed?

The letter from the mentor should be addressed to the PDEP Advisory Committee.  The letter must be submitted by the mentor prior to the application deadline.  Faxed letters will not be accepted.

Are there font or margin requirements for the research plan?

Yes. Use standard 11- or 12-point type for the text, and no smaller than 9 to 10-point type for figures, legends, and tables. Text must be single-spaced, with one-inch or larger margins on all sides. The font-size requirement is strictly enforced.

What is the Signature Page Form? How do I submit it?

The Signature Page Form provides signature lines for the Applicant, the Mentor, and the Institutional Signing Official at the degree-granting institution. An application is not considered complete without the Signature Page form. You must upload the completed Signature Page form with signatures by the application deadline date.