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The PROVIDES Program is the Provost’s Initiative for Diverse Emerging Scholars. Our mission is to help increase diversity within the postdoctoral community at UT Southwestern and to support the successful transition of postdoctoral fellows into independent faculty positions.

This program is for graduating Ph.D. students who plan to pursue an academic faculty position.

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Provost’s Initiative for Diverse Emerging Scholars

What Does PROVIDES Offer?

PROVIDES Scholars start the program when their postdoctoral fellowship begins, and the program continues throughout the duration of their fellowship. The program is an avenue for postdoctoral fellows to be involved with faculty mentors, experience professional development opportunities, receive leadership and grant-writing training, and gain access to research facilities.

Our mentorship and professional development opportunities include:

  • Biannual meetings with a Faculty Mentoring Committee that provides professional guidance and assists with transition into independence
  • Assistance preparing competitive extramural fellowship grant applications
  • Training in grant writing
  • Attendance at the PROVIDES Seminar Series featuring distinguished scientists from diverse backgrounds and access to workshops on topics such as “Communication Skills” and “How Search Committees Work”
  • Leadership training through participation in practice sessions, journal clubs, and monthly works-in-progress luncheons
  • Support from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office, the Office of Diversity and InclusionPostdoctoral Association, and the Office of Career and Professional Development.

Access to Core Facilities

As PROVIDES fellows pursue research in their own area of interest, they gain access to top research tools at UT Southwestern including cryo-electron microscopy, DNA genotyping, DNA microarray, electron microscopy, flow cytometry, genomics and microarray, high-throughput screening, live-cell imaging, medicinal chemistry, metabolic phenotyping, next-generation sequencing, proteomics, transgenics, and structural biology.

PROVIDES Application Requirements

Please submit the following materials:

1) One-page abstract of PhD thesis

2) Research proposal (limited to 1000 words, not including references):

  • If a UT Southwestern mentor has been selected, proposal should focus on proposed postdoctoral research project
  • If a UT Southwestern mentor has not been selected, proposal should focus on applicant’s area of scientific interest

3) Names and addresses of three references, one of whom is the principal predoctoral advisor

4) Letter of support from UT Southwestern faculty mentor:

  • If you have selected a UT Southwestern postdoctoral mentor, letter should come from this person.
  • If UT Southwestern postdoctoral mentor has not been selected, please list up to 3 UT Southwestern faculty and describe your interest in that lab.

5) Curriculum vitae

6) Pdfs of published or accepted manuscripts plus a 5 sentence summary of applicant’s role in each publication

7) Statement of career goals (limited to 250 words)

Applicants should be close to completing their PhD degree or have completed their degree within 15 months of becoming a PROVIDES scholar, though later graduation dates may be considered.

Our admission period is ongoing, so you can submit your application at any time.
To apply, please send an email containing the required materials to