President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PPSP)

The Ohio State University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is now accepting applications for the PPSP 2024 cohort competition. 

About the Program

The President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PPSP), supported by the Office of the President, was launched in January 2018 to recognize highly-qualified postdoctoral trainees who will become leaders in their fields.  The program supports the scholarly efforts and training of terminal degree holders (PhD and others) who wish to pursue careers in research and creative inquiry, as well as providing professional development and networking opportunities.

This program includes salary support and full benefits (health insurance, tuition assistance, and paid leave) provided by the Office of the President and the scholar’s faculty mentor and sponsor college. PPSP scholars also receive funds from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to support research, creative expression, and professional development-related expenses.

Read more about the program and eligibility criteria here.

Important dates for the competition are included below.


Submission Deadlines

  • Form of Intent: Friday, December 1, 2023
  • Nomination Package: Friday, December 22, 2023

Important Considerations

  • The PPSP award is for two years. Colleges will have to provide assurance that there is a commitment to fund the awardee for a full two years.
  • The funding structure changed to make the PPSP and the rest of the funding units contributions the same each year.
  • Though not a requirement, ideal faculty mentors are those who have some experience mentoring postdoctoral scholars and trainees. Co-mentors are encouraged for anyone who does not have much experience mentoring postdoctoral scholars and trainees. See the eligibility criteria section for more information. Co-mentors should be faculty at Ohio State University.
  • The nominating faculty must have a conversation with their college liaison and discuss the funding plan before submitting the form of intent.

Program Timeline

  • September 1, 2023: General call for nominations released.
  • December 1, 2023: Form of Intent due.
  • December 22, 2023: Full nomination materials due.
  • December 22 – January 19, 2024: Nomination review period.
  • Early February 2024: First round of award notifications. If declinations are received additional offers will be made.
  • mid-March 2024: Final announcement of winners (tentative date; this will depend on how many offers are needed and the response time from the applicants).
  • Ultimate start by date: Candidates who are selected to join this program as a PPSP Scholar must begin their postdoc positions at Ohio State by no later than January 10, 2025.

Funding and Eligibility

College Contacts List (for Faculty Nominators to Contact)

Nomination Application Preview and Guidance

Meet the Scholars

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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