Nominations open for annual postdoc awards

Each spring the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs partners with the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association to recognize postdocs who demonstrate excellence in research, service, mentorship and a commitment to the postdoc community. Their mentors, who demonstrate a willingness to share expertise and advice, service to the community at large and other mentoring activities, also are recognized.

The four awards that are presented each year are:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow of the Year
  • Postdoc Mentor of the Year
  • Postdoc Service Award
  • Faculty Mentor of the Year

The deadline to submit nominations for each award is Feb. 27.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow.

To review nomination criteria, submit nominations or view past winners, visit the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website.

For more information, please reach out Faith Bishop, associate director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, at

About Vanderbilt postdoctoral fellows

Vanderbilt postdoctoral fellows, commonly known as postdocs, are professionals who have earned doctoral degrees and are, in most cases, temporarily pursuing additional scholarly training, experience and research progress necessary for a wide range of career paths. Postdocs play an important role in Vanderbilt’s research enterprise and are integral to the discovery and learning mission of Vanderbilt University and Medical Center. At any given time, Vanderbilt has around 430 postdocs across both VU and VUMC.