The President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program, supported by the Office of the President, was launched in January 2018 to recognize outstanding young researchers at the university and aid in the recruitment of highly qualified postdoctoral trainees who will become leaders in their fields.

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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.
  • The eligibility requirement for faculty include having trained at least five postdocs for those in disciplines with a tradition of postdoctoral training, or five doctoral/MFA for those in disciplines in which postdoctoral training is new. If a co-mentor is needed, that person needs to have the training experience as outlined above.
  • The nominating faculty must have a conversation with their college liaison and discuss the funding plan before submitting the form of intent
  • If a co-mentor is needed, that person needs to be a faculty member at Ohio State


Awards will provide salary support, benefits (including health insurance) and $5,000 for research-related and travel expenses. Each award is for two years and the second year will be released upon demonstration of academic/research productivity and career development progression (as evidenced by successful implementation of a mentoring plan).

Awardees must be appointed as postdoctoral researchers with a minimum salary of $50,000 per year and a university A&P benefit rate.

Each year:

  • The Office of the President (OTP) will provide $41,600 to be used towards the salary and benefits and program support of $5,000 per year, per scholar.
  • The sponsor college must guarantee the remaining amount ($25,200) to cover the rest of the salary and benefits.
  • The funds can be provided by the faculty mentor, department, and/or college.

Please make sure to discuss with your college liaison the funding plan before submitting the form of intent.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees must:

  • Obtained a PhD or other appropriate terminal degree 2 years prior to the nomination deadline or later from an accredited university before the start of postdoctoral training.
  • Be able to begin their postdoctoral position no later than January 1, 2024.
  • Complete an individual development plan (IDP). Suggested resources: STEM fields and/or Humanities and social science fields. Note, the IDP is necessary for the mentoring plan.
  • Ohio State graduate students are eligible but preference will be given to external candidates.
  • Obtain sponsorship from an Ohio State tenure-track faculty member who is willing to serve as their primary mentor.
  • Show evidence of superior academic achievement (such as research or creative expression outcomes, honors or other academic designation).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a career in research and creative expression (preference will be given to candidates who wish to pursue academic careers).

Note: Nominees who are currently working at Ohio State as postdoctoral scholars must have been hired after November 1, 2021. 

Nominating faculty must:

  • Be an Ohio State tenure-track faculty member.
  • Nominate only one person.
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    • Faculty in fields with a tradition of postdoctoral training: Have trained at least five postdoctoral scholars. If the nominating faculty member does not have the required postdoctoral training experience, they can apply if they have received formal mentoring training from a professional society, National Research Mentoring Network or similar entity (proof of training is required and needs to be submitted with the nomination package) and have a co-mentor who has mentored at least five postdoctoral scholars.
    • Faculty in fields for which postdoctoral training is new: Have trained at least five doctoral/MFA students. They should provide a list of terminal degree mentees in the form provided for postdoctoral training experience. If the nominating faculty member does not have the required doctoral/MFA training experience, they need to have received formal mentoring training from an entity in their field or related discipline and have a co-mentor who has the experience as outlined above and have a co-mentor who has mentored at least five doctoral/MFA students.
    • The role of the co-mentor is to be a resource for the postdoctoral scholar and their mentor. The co-mentor’s experience in mentoring scholars in their field qualify them to advise on how to mentor the candidate towards independence, and to expand the postdoctoral scholar’s mentoring network. The co-mentor does not need to be involved in the research plan (although this is not forbidden).
  • Not be the candidate’s PhD or terminal degree advisor.
  • Submit a mentoring plan based on the candidate’s individual development plan (IDP).
  • Attend an orientation session to learn more about the PPSP program and the review criteria for the year two renewal. Co-mentors must attend as well.
  • Participate in next year’s PPSP review efforts.
  • Note: Faculty members whose nominee received this award last year cannot nominate anyone this year.


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Submission Deadlines

Form of Intent: November 4, 2022

Nominations: December 2, 2022