The designation of postdoctoral scholar; is used at the KUMC to identify those individuals who have received their terminal doctorate degree (such as PhD, MD, DDS, DVM, OD, DO, Pharm.D.), and who have opted to pursue further training. This period of training is a standard component in the preparation of performing research in the sciences. A postdoctoral scholarship is a time-limited appointment, the primary purpose of which is to provide research and/or scholarly training for an academic or research career. Postdoctoral scholars may be funded by training grants, research grants, or institutional resources.
A postdoctoral scholar at KUMC is expected to:
Training as a postdoctoral scholar includes all relevant academic activities related to the preparation for a career in research or academia. These are typically: manuscript preparation of research findings, reading the literature, manuscript reviewing, presentations at meetings, attendance and presentation at seminars, organization and attendance at training related activities (including grantsmanship workshops) and limited training in teaching related activities. All of these activities should have the objective of enhancing the performance of the fellow in the pursuit of the research-related projects from which they draw their support. In many cases the training component of a postdoctoral scholarship may involve the joint preparation and development of proposals for extramural funding
It is strongly recommended that a person who falls into one of the following categories NOT be appointed as a postdoctoral scholar:
The title for a postdoctoral scholar used by Human Resources and the department may vary. Some of the titles include research fellow, postdoctoral research fellow, research assistant, research associate and fellow (postdoc research).
The National Research Service Award (NRSA) program provides support to promising postdoctoral applicants who have the potential to become productive and successful independent research investigators in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.