The Argonne National Laboratory Named and Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs
Is U.S. citizenship required?
Is there an age restriction?
No. However, postdoctoral appointees must recently have received a PhD.
Is there an application form?
For Director's Postdoctoral Fellowships, candidates must upload the following documents by clicking on the application link.
- Research proposal (≤ 2 pages)
- CV, including list of publications, abstracts and significant presentations
- Graduate School Transcripts
- Cover letter (optional)
Additionally, the package must contain:
- Nomination memo (≤ 2 pages) from Argonne sponsor (with copy to Division Director)
- Three letters of recommendation from other than Argonne staff
For Named Postdoctoral Fellowships, candidates must upload the documents by clicking on the application link (not active; deadline has passed).
These letters must be sent directly via e-mail to Director-Postdoc@anl.gov for the Director's Fellowship and to Named-Postdoc@anl.gov for the Named Fellowship. Letters must be in a PDF file from the individual(s) with a signature on official letterhead. In the subject line please include the name of the candidate.
What is the "real" deadline for applying to the Named and Director's Fellowship?
The "real" deadline is the one specified on the website or in the advertisement for applications. All materials, including letters of recommendation and your Argonne sponsor's memo MUST be submitted by 5:00 PM CST on the day designated as the "deadline". No late materials will be accepted. It is for the applicants' benefit that the deadlines be respected so that the review process can begin promptly.
What is the mailing address for the application materials?
There is no mailing address. All letters should be sent via email to Director-Postdoc@anl.gov for the Director's Fellowship and to Named-Postdoc@anl.gov for the Named Fellowship . In the subject line please include the name of the candidate.
Where will the Fellow work?
The individual will work at an Argonne 's Research Division.
Who should the nominator be?
The nominator must be an Argonne employee (sponsor).
What is the difference between the nomination letter and reference letters?
Reference letters are similar to nomination letters; however, the
may be a member(s) of the dissertation committee, colleagues, other supervisors, or other professors, who can attest to your ability and potential.
Can I scan the official transcripts and send a PDF file along with the other materials?
Yes. However, if selected, you will need to bring the original documents.
Can the nomination and reference letters be included with my other materials?
The nominator and referees should send their letters directly via e-mail to Director-Postdoc@anl.gov for the Director's Fellowship or to Named-Postdoc@anl.gov for the Named Fellowship. Letters must be in a PDF file from the individual(s) with a signature on official letterhead.
Is it better to submit more than three letters of recommendation?
No. It is better to follow the application instructions. If the application calls for three letters of recommendation, then please only submit three letters.
Are there specific research areas at Argonne that I should approach?
We cannot advise you regarding your research interest. You are strongly encouraged to contact Argonne scientists so that you can determine whether your research interest is applicable to Argonne . Research activities at Argonne can be viewed at http://www.anl.gov/science, as well as more detailed websites of the various research groups and centers, via the home webpage at www.anl.gov.
When will I receive an acknowledgement regarding my application?
For the Director's Postdoctoral fellowships, if you would like to know if your nomination and reference letters were received prior to the deadline (June 26, 2012), send an e-mail to Director-Postdoc@anl.gov . Send an email to Named-Postdoc@anl.gov to inquire about your supporting materials.
When will the recipient's names be announced?
If selected, Educational Programs will contact the individual by e-mail approximately 6 weeks after the application deadline. Those not selected will also be notified by e-mail at a later time.
When will the recipient begin his/her appointment?
It is anticipated that the selected candidates will begin their appointments shortly after the application deadline, based on availability of candidate and other factors. However, the candidate cannot commence until he or she has obtained the PhD.