Frequently Asked Questions 

Should I apply?

Are you a woman or non-binary postdoc in the biomedical sciences and considering an academic career? Do you have work from your postdoc (published or unpublished) that you are ready to present? Are you planning to go on the job market in the fall of 2023 or later? Then, yes! The application for the 2023 cohort will open in the fall. 

Postdocs who are already on the job market (have submitted or will submit more than 3 faculty applications by May 2023) are not eligible.

Questions about eligibility? Email questions@leadingedgesymposium.org.

I have a title other than "postdoc". Am I still eligible?

In general if you are in a post-PhD, non-PI position you are eligible to apply. We expect that applicants will have a variety of titles including postdoc, research associate, and in some cases research assistant professor. Postdocs who are already on the job market (have submitted or will submit more than 3 faculty applications by May 2023) are not eligible.

Questions about eligibility? Email questions@leadingedgesymposium.org.

How do I apply to be a Fellow?

The application for the 2023 Fellow cohort will open in the fall.

The application consists of a CV, abstract of the work to be presented, and 2 letters of recommendation. 






I'm already a faculty member. What should I do?

Please email fantastic postdocs you know - those at your institution, and those you have met at conferences - and encourage them to apply. Everyone could use a push!

If you are hiring new faculty at your institution, consider reaching out to our Fellows and other postdocs in the Leading Edge Associate Directory. Join us for the 2022 Symposium to hear about the Fellows' work! 

I'm not planning to go on the job market in Fall 2023, should I wait to apply next year?

No! We encourage applications from postdocs at all stages - we hope that the exposure, career development and connections that arise from the symposium will have an impact on your career far beyond the immediate future.  We do, however, request that you present work from your postdoc (not your graduate work).

I am doing my postdoc outside the United States. Can I still apply?

We welcome postdocs from all institutions. However, the career development sessions will be geared towards faculty positions at research-intensive (R1) institutions in the United States.

Are there any citizenship requirements?

No.



More questions?

Please contact us at questions@leadingedgesymposium.org