The University of Iowa

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

We will not be soliciting applications for AY22.


A primary goal of the University of Iowa’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan is to recruit, retain, and advance a diverse campus community of faculty, staff, and students. Toward this goal, the university is pleased to offer the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP), which is designed to provide research opportunities, faculty mentoring, and career development for promising postdoctoral scholars who will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and at the University of Iowa.

The program will offer postdoctoral fellowships in all academic fields represented at the university, along with faculty mentoring and professional development opportunities. The postdoctoral fellowships will provide an excellent opportunity to recruit potential new faculty to the University of Iowa by providing a postdoctoral experience that may prepare the individual for a tenure-track faculty appointment.  

Specific Details

  • The PPFP training program will offer postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding scholars in all fields, with a primary goal to successfully transition individuals into faculty positions.  It is anticipated that this initiative will contribute to diversity efforts on campus.
  • The Office of the Provost will provide a 12-month stipend (plus fringe) that aligns with the Graduate College stipend structure.  Up to four fellowships will be provided in Year 1.  Each fellowship awarded will be for one year with the option to renew for a second year based on productivity.  Additional funding may be available to support professional development for postdoctoral fellows.
  • Funding will also be available from the Office of the Provost to provide partial salary support for a faculty position should the fellow transition into a tenure-track faculty appointment at the University of Iowa (50% of salary/fringe coverage for Year 1).
  • In order to provide support, encourage interdisciplinarity, and create a pipeline to a UI faculty position, PPFP postdoctoral fellows will participate in tailored workshops to support their ability to pursue grants, create productive mentor relationships, and publish or present their work.  Opportunities for leadership development and teaching training will also be provided.  These efforts will be accomplished through the enhancement of current postdoctoral programming on campus.
  • A robust mentorship program is key to preparing postdoctoral fellows for a faculty position.  Fellows will be assigned a team of mentors that will be within and outside the fellow’s discipline area.  This mentorship team will not only provide guidance on teaching, research, and scholarship, but also on a wide variety of other topics such as balancing workload expectations, personal health, career paths, setting goals, and networking.

Provost Fellows for AY 2021

Shamar Chin
Shamar Chin is a Jamaican PhD student attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her general field of study is geology, but she specializes in micropaleontology. Throughout the years, she has focused on understanding Cretaceous paleoclimate, paleoceanography, and paleoecology by studying the remains of fossil algae. Her future work will entail using an interdisciplinary approach to further understand the transition from greenhouse to icehouse conditions. She is passionate about her research because understanding the past serves as an analog for the future and provides insight into our changing climate.  She will be hosted in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Michaela Curran
Michaela Curran is a medical sociologist whose research lies at the intersection of population health, development studies, political economy, and social networks. She is completing a Ph. D. in sociology from the University of California, Riverside, where her dissertation explores how socio-economic factors, such as income inequality, economic development, and political exclusion, influence global, national, and within-country health disparities. Her recent research foci also include the efficacy of social network “eHealth” interventions for improving cancer survivors’ mental health, invisible disabilities in academia, and the comparative roles of relative and absolute income in health promotion.  She will be hosted in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health.

Lisa Ortiz
Lisa Ortiz earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with minors in Latina/o Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018. She is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the “Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging” Mellon Sawyer Seminar at the University of Iowa. Her research juxtaposes representations of Puerto Rican migration in the media with narratives of intergenerational individuals engaging in rural-to-rural migration between the islands and the United States in the 21st century. In doing so, she examines how neoliberal discourses of value, devaluations, and progress point to ethnoracial ties and tensions while embodying Latinidad in the Midwest.  She will be hosted in the Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Guifeng Xu
Guifeng Xu earned her medical degree in China and practiced as a medical doctor in Guangzhou Children’s Hospital for two and half years.  More recently, she obtained a master’s degree in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology, University of Iowa. She has worked in the day treatment clinic as a behavior analyst and Dr. Lane Strathearn’s Attachment and Neurodevelopmental Laboratory as a Graduate Research Assistant.  She will be hosted in the Department of Pediatrics in the Roy J. And Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.