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UPDATE May 4, 2017

Dear Postdocs,

We will hold our next New Postdoc Welcome on June 15th. I hope you'll drop by to meet our newest additions to our postdoctoral community!  I've also included some other resources below, including a new grant opportunity from LIBH for taking your innovations on the road to commercialization.

May the Fourth Be With You!

Katy Flint Ehm
Director, IREP Office and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Events & Classes

  1. New Postdoc Welcome, June 15, 3-5pm
  2. Register Now for Fall Communicating Science Courses

Jobs & Funding

  1. Fulbright Offers Postdoc Fellowships for Research Abroad, Deadline: Aug 1
  2. Traveling to a Conference This Summer? Apply for an OPA Travel Award
  3. Long Island Biosciences Hub Grants to Commercialize Innovations, Deadline: Jun 1

Resource Spotlight

  1. Free Affiliate Membership with National Postdoctoral Association

Events & Classes

1 .    New Postdoc Welcome, June 15, 3-5pm

Join the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for our New Postdoc Welcome. The Welcome offers an introduction to Stony Brook to help recently arrived postdocs maximize their postdoctoral experience. All postdocs who have joined us since January are particularly encouraged to attend.

3:00pm-4:00pm: NEW POSTDOCS
All postdocs who have arrived within the past six months are invited to:

  • Discover the unique aspects of being a postdoc at SBU
  • Learn about resources & benefits for SBU postdocs

We invite all our postdocs to a reception following the main orientation.
Drop by to meet your colleagues and welcome our newest postdocs.
Refreshments will be served. 

2 .    Register Now for Fall Communicating Science Courses

Through a special arrangement with the Alda Center for Communicating Science, postdocs may sign up through the Postdoc Office to take the Alda Center's nationally-renowned communicating science classes for FREE. Space is limited, with two postdoc spots in each section of most courses. Postdocs may only take one course per semester.

See the Course Schedule: Download here

Core Course Availability (UPDATED 5/4/17 3:28PM):

JRN 501: Distilling Your Message
Section 1: FULL
Section 2: Two spots left FULL

JRN 503: Improvisation for Scientists
Section 1: One spot left
Section 2: Two spots left FULL

Other grad courses still available, but require having taken JRN 501 or 503.

To Register:  Email the Postdoc Office at with your preferred course and section. Placement is first come, first served. All registrants are expected to attend and participate in every session.

Jobs & Funding

1.   Fulbright Offers Postdoc Fellowships for Research Abroad, Deadline: Aug 1

Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards are grants of varying length to support research abroad for recent PhDs in all disciplines. 

Grants are available in many countries, for example, The University of Newcastle in Australia enables postdoctoral candidates from the U.S to undertake research at UON, New South Wales, Australia and focus on building critical bilateral relationships with Australia.

For more information on the Newcastle award:

Eligibility:  U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degree – typically within the five previous years. Non-US scholars can also apply for Fulbright scholar grants to study in the U.S.

To see all country grants and to apply:

2.   Traveling to a Conference This Summer? Apply for an OPA Travel Award

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Travel Award can reimburse travel costs associated with national or international scientific or professional conferences or meetings, up to a maximum of $1,500. Funds are awarded based on the significance of the conference to the postdoc’s career and require that the postdoc present results at the event. Funds must be used for travel expenses that cannot be supported by departmental resources, the postdoctoral supervisor's budget, or other sources of support. 

Deadline:  You may apply at any time, but it must be  at least ONE FULL MONTH before travel takes place

Eligibility:  All postdocs may apply. If your title is different from Postdoctoral Associate, Senior Postdoctoral Associate or Postdoc Fellow, your supervisor must certify that you are a postdoc.  

To Apply:

3.   Long Island Biosciences Hub Grants to Commercialize Innovations, Deadline: June 1

The Center for Biotechnology, in collaboration with Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, have formed the Long Island Biosciences Hub (LIBH).  A principal goal of the LIBH is to foster the development of therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices and research tools emerging from the four partner institutions that address diseases within the broad mission of NIH:

Request for Proposals: Two specific funding programs have been designed to help  faculty, physicians, surgeons, medical fellows, and postdocs develop their academic innovations toward commercial goals.  The RFP and forms for the funding programs can be found on the Center for Biotechnology website :

Those interested in applying  are strongly encouraged to discuss the proposal with Dr. Li Liu ( and/or Dr. William Hanes ( They are also available to answer questions about the application.

Deadline for submission: June 1st, 2017.     All proposal should be submitted through the online portal  HERE


Resource Spotlight

Free Affiliate Membership with National Postdoctoral Association

Stony Brook is a sustaining institutional member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), which entitles all of our graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff to a free affiliate membership.

The NPA is a member-driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. Since 2003, the NPA has worked to enhance the quality of the postdoctoral experience in the United States, providing leadership in addressing the many issues confronting the postdoctoral community that are national in scope and requiring action beyond the local level.

Affiliate Member Benefits:

  • Subscription to NPA e-alerts, a periodic news announcement, and The POSTDOCket, the NPA’s now bi-monthly newsletter
  • Reduced registration fees to the NPA Annual Meeting & eligibility for the NPA travel award program
  • Access to members-only NPA web content
  • Access to NPA member groups to connect & network with fellow NPA members
  • Discounts to some services and products.  
  • Opportunities to serve and contribute your expertise on a variety of NPA committees
  • National representation on postdoctoral issues

Selected NPA Resources: 

How to Sign Up for Free: Click HERE and follow the prompts

And if you made it this far, Happy Star Wars Day! 

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