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 Do you have work from your postdoc (published or unpublished) that you are ready to present? Then, yes!

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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. 

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What does it cost?

Accommodation and meals will be covered for all attendees. 

Travel costs for fellows and panelists are covered by the symposium. 

Institutional representatives should arrange their own travel. 

How do I apply to be a fellow?

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

The application website is now open! Applications are due January 6, 2020.

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!

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I'm potentially interested in a job at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI). Should I apply?

Yes! Leading Edge is designed to broadly benefit women and non-binary postdocs interested in a variety of academic careers. Although the career development panels will primarily focus on R1 jobs, we have scheduled an optional fireside chat for those who want to learn more about PUI positions. 

I'm not planning to go on the job market this year, 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?


Will this event only occur once?

Two iterations of the Leading Edge are currently scheduled - in 2020 and 2021. After these two years we will evaluate whether the symposium is achieving its goals and serving the community.