PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP

UMBC Postdoctoral Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity, 2011-2013

UMBC invites new applicants!

(Updated, January 10, 2011)

The University of Maryland Baltimore County invites nominations and applications for the UMBC Postdoctoral Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity. UMBC is dedicated to ensuring a diverse, scholarly environment and encouraging outstanding individuals to enter the academic profession.  The purpose of the Program is to support promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy and to prepare those scholars for possible tenure track appointments at UMBC. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals who are members of groups that historically have been underrepresented in the professoriate.

UMBC will appoint recent recipients of the Ph.D. as Postdoctoral Fellows for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2011.  The fellow will receive a starting stipend of $38,000, health benefits, $3,000 for conference travel and preparation of scholarly work, office space with computer, library and other privileges at the university.  During the two-year term of appointment, the fellow will teach one course a year in the host department.  All fellows are expected to be in residence during the academic year and participate in departmental seminars and related activities.  Each fellow will be provided teaching and research mentors and specialized professional development opportunities across the campus. The remainder of the fellow’s time will be devoted to pursuing research.

Successful candidates for the Program will be selected on the basis of scholarly promise and potential to add to the diversity of the UMBC community.  Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree when the term of appointment commences and must be no more than three years beyond receiving the Ph.D.  Individuals currently holding a postdoctoral or faculty position at UMBC are not eligible.




Applications for study in any discipline represented on the campus are welcome. Please specify your discipline of interest.


$38,000 a year.


Applicants who will have completed the doctoral degree no later than July 1, 2011 and no earlier than July 1, 2007 are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Application material:

  • Cover letter addressed to Dr. Patrice McDermott, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Writing samples (e.g., publications and/or dissertation chapters)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • A statement of research agenda (2-3 pages)
  • A personal statement on why you should be selected for this program (1–3 pages)


All materials should be submitted to Dr. Patrice McDermott ( by February 1, 2011. A complete submission will consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing samples, names of three references, a statement of research plans, and a personal statement.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the program may be addressed to:

Dr. Patrice McDermott, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Office of the Provost

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD 21250



Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Students from any institution may apply.  While UMBC leads the PROMISE Program which is an AGEP (Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate), the applicants for this postdoctoral program do not have to come from an “AGEP school.”
  • Students may apply in any discipline. This fellowship program is not restricted to STEM fields; it is open to ALL academic areas based on disciplines that UMBC offers.  A list of disciplines and departments in our College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Engineering and Information Technology; and College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences can be found here:

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