Postdoctoral Fellowships Support Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Many scientific innovations result from a collaboration among researchers in a wide array of disciplines. While at one time it may have seemed unusual for a biochemist to team up with an engineer and a clinician to develop a new drug, that multidisciplinary approach is commonplace today. CEAR's Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to build research programs that bridge a variety of disciplines. The goal is to stimulate research at the boundaries between disparate fields to develop new insights and applications.

In addition to diagnostics or therapeutics directly focused on measuring or controlling apoptosis, biomedical applications in which apoptosis plays a significant role may include emerging technologies such as biochemical assays, genetic screens, tissue engineering, cell therapy, stem cells, and cell transplantation.

CEAR-member life scientists, physical scientists, engineers, and clinicians from PVLSI, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Baystate Medical Center are invited to submit proposals outlining unique interdisciplinary projects that require the efforts of a full-time postdoctoral fellow or medical resident.

Proposals will be evaluated by several criteria, including the strengths of the principal investigators and the project's potential to exploit fundamentally new research niches, create new intellectual property, and garner external funding and industry interest. Funded fellows can receive a second year of support contingent upon the success of the research project and the principal investigators' applications for external funding and/or patent applications.

For more information about the Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship Program or to apply, please read the program overview (PDF, 61k) and proposal forms (DOC, 147k). To review proposals from previous recipients, visit our awards page.

For more information, please contact Sallie Smith Schneider, PhD, at 413.784.0941 or by e-mail at