Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars opens a pathway to the professoriate for highly talented, underrepresented postdoctoral scholars. This University of New Hampshire program is informed by best practices of established programs to increase faculty excellence and diversity including those at UNC-Chapel Hill, Howard University, University of Maryland - Baltimore County and Virginia Commonwealth University.

UNH is exceptionally poised to provide a unique two-year professional development experience tailored to the needs of our postdoctoral scholars. Our professional development model includes nationally recognized faculty development programs, such as the summer-long UNH Writing Academy and the semester-long UNH Research and Engagement Academy, and personalized experiences, such as ongoing mentored research experience, a scholarly coach for individualized professional development, and a mentoring network. 

###pCenter for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning along withresources from the Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity.

This suite of experiences will prepare scholars to apply for subsequent tenure-track faculty positions.

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Application materials

  • Cover letter addressed to Senior Vice Provost Engagement and Faculty Development
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement of research plans (2-3 pages)
  • A personal statement of your commitment to diversity and equity in your discipline (1–3 pages)
  • Writing samples (one or two examples, 30 page cumulative maximum, e.g. article, chapter, dissertation chapter)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All Materials must be submitted through online application system to be accepted: UNH Careers are Here



The stipend is $50,000 per year minimum (will vary on discipline-based qualifications) plus benefits; Professional development and support funds (e.g., research and travel) in the amount of $4,000 per year. In addition, and as previously articulated the university-provides a systematic multi-year approach to professional development through participation in the previously described Academies, workshops, departmental activities, cohort meetings in addition to the collaboration with both a departmental research mentor and a scholarly coach to support the growth of the postdoctoral scholar toward applying for a tenure track faculty member.


Start date

Two year terms begin with New Faculty Orientation. It's the Monday before the first day of fall semester classes: August 23, 2021.


  • Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree or terminal degree in their field within the past five years and by July 1st of the award year.
  • The primary criterion for selection is match of scholar expertise with the area of postdoctoral research.
  • An important secondary criterion is the support of prospective departments.
  • Note: The University of New Hampshire is unable to sponsor applicants for employment visas for these positions. 



Our application period is October 1 - November 16, 2020 at 11:59 EST

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