Application Information

To apply, please click on the following link:

Once you click on “Apply for this Job”, you will be prompted to create an account. After doing so, you will be redirected to the posting and will be able to begin the application process by clicking on the “Apply for this Job” link. If you wish to save your application and come back to it later, click on “Save changes.” All required information is indicated with an asterisk.

Application materials

  • A 3-page research proposal
  • CV
  • Writing sample (sample publication or other work of scholarship)
  • Letter of support (from your potential advisor, chosen from the Rice faculty)
  • Three letters of recommendation

The primary emphasis of the research proposal should be to outline the postdoctoral research approach and likely outcomes, but some description of plans beyond the postdoc would be welcome.

Please provide the name of an actively researching Rice University faculty member with whom you would like to work (to be included in the answer to the supplemental question on the application). All applicants are asked to contact their prospective mentor to seek their support both as a mentor as well as for salary support (50% of the fellowship, or $30,000 annually, plus fringe). Eligible Rice departments are listed in the eligibility tab.

The letter of support should be obtained in advance of submitting the final application from the Rice University faculty member in an eligible department. The letter of support should contain two things: 1) a concise description of the proposed postdoctoral project(s) and why the candidate fits the project and 2) that half of the fellowship will be funded by the Rice University faculty member or a Rice University department.

Your three letters of recommendation will come from the people you list on the professional references page. Please be sure that the contact information, especially the email address, is correct and will remain accessible through September 1, 2020. After submitting your application, emails will be sent to your listed references and they will personally submit their letters of recommendation through the RICEWorks system. Three letters of recommendations are due on or before January 13, 2020.

Submitting the application

Your research proposal, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and letter of support should all be uploaded as documents. Please be certain that the status for each document is “PDF complete” before submitting your application. Please be sure all information is accurate and up-to-date before submitting your application. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an application confirmation email and emails will be sent to your listed references to with instructions to submit letters of recommendation.

All applications for the 2019 competition are due January 10, 2020. The Rice Academy Senior Fellows will begin application reviews as early as December 1, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please feel free to contact us at or 713-348-4002.

Application review process

The applications are evaluated by the Senior Fellows closest to the discipline. Additional Rice faculty may be called in to review applications when necessary. The Rice University Academy of Fellows recruits Junior Fellows who demonstrate potential in their future independent careers and would strengthen the scholarly enterprise at Rice.

Finalist interviews

Several finalists will be selected for an on-campus visit on March 11-13 and invited to give a presentation at a Rice Academy Symposium. Finalists will have the chance to meet current Rice Academy Senior and Junior Fellows.