Michigan Postdoctoral Pioneer Program 

University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS)

About the Pioneer Program

In an effort to support innovative and collaborative work within the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS), the Michigan Postdoctoral Pioneer Program has been established by the Endowment for Basic Sciences (EBS) to provide financial and mentoring support to highly motivated and accomplished post-doctoral fellows. Pioneer fellows will be actively co-mentored by the participating investigators and will be expected to share their time between the participating laboratory settings. Awardees will be appointed for three consecutive years. The EBS will provide 90% of the financial and logistical support for the first two years. Participating mentors will jointly provide 10% of the financial support for years 1 and 2, and 100% of the support for year 3. The stipend is set at 120% of the NIH scale for postdoctoral fellows.

Carole Parent, Ph.D.
Lynne & Raymond W. Ruddon Collegiate Professor of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Affiliate Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute
Michigan Postdoctoral Pioneer Program

Yatrik Shah, PhD.
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
Michigan Postdoctoral Pioneer Program    



Postdoctoral fellows who have been in rank for 12 months or less at the time of award activation, and are not externally funded, are eligible for this Program.

Professional Development Activities

Awardees will have an independent mentoring committee to review their progress and discuss future plans every six months. A sum of $10,000 per year will be placed under the control of the award recipient to cover expenses related to attending scientific meetings, training and professional development, and their research endeavors. Program awardees will be expected to present their accomplishments in the context of an annual symposium. Awardees will participate in a rigorous grant writing workshop for transition awards and K-fellowships. Moreover, Awardees will attend professional developmental activities through workshops, where they will learn how to apply and land a faculty job, how to set up an independent laboratory, and develop a short- and long-term plans to be a successful faculty member.

Contact Us

Please send your questions by this form, or directly email to: PioneerProgram@umich.edu


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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2200


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