Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars

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Welcome to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and to the Office of Engagement and Faculty Development—home to the Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars program.


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for the completed 2022 search

Applications for August 2023 open October 2022



Through a nationally competitive application and review process, we seek to bring excellent scholars to our campus who have a passion for teaching, research, and public engagement within the context of a research (R1) university that values its commitment to the public good.

The program is a high-profile initiative designed to increase the diversity of UNH's faculty, which is inextricably linked to academic excellence and student success.



Applications open October 2022

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Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars opens a pathway to the professoriate for highly talented, underrepresented postdoctoral scholars. This UNH program is informed by best practices of established programs to increase faculty excellence and diversity including those at Howard University, University of Maryland - Baltimore County, Virginia Commonwealth University and others.

UNH is exceptionally poised to provide a unique two-year professional development experience tailored to the needs of our postdoctoral scholars. Our professional development model includes nationally recognized faculty development programs, such as the summer-long UNH Writing Academy and the semester-long UNH Research and Engagement Academy, and personalized experiences, such as an ongoing mentored research experience, a scholarly coach for individualized professional development, and a mentoring network. 

As part of these Academies, scholars will be provided resources to visit federal agencies and participate in monthly cohort-based experiences with experts and leaders across the campus and nationally. In addition, scholars will gain access to workshops on teaching and learning offered by the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning along with resources from the Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity.

This suite of experiences will prepare scholars to apply for subsequent tenure-track faculty positions.

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These positions are for 2022 and closed November 22, 2021

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Postdoctoral Scholar in Chemical Sciences
...expertise and research interests complementing department strengths of Chemical Biology, Energy Science and Sustainability, Polymer and Materials Chemistry, and Chemistry Education Research...


Postdoctoral Scholar in Communication Sciences and Disorders
...includes system level neuroscience using noninvasive brain imaging to study the neurobiology of communication sciences and disorders, aphasia, motor speech disorders, autism spectrum disorders, language acquisition, and assistive/alternative communication devices...


Postdoctoral Scholar in Data Science, Machine Learning science, statistics, mathematics, operations research, or a related discipline...


Postdoctoral Scholar in Developmental Psychology
...developmental psychology, with a research focus on cognitive processes in children, adolescents, and/or adults...


Postdoctoral Scholar in Ecology
...research foci may include agroecology, disease ecology, ecological or environmental genomics, microbial ecology, plant or forest ecology, quantitative ecology, or wildlife ecology...


Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Analytics and Biostatistics
...conduct high-impact academic research at the intersection of data science, computational science, data visualization, and social research methods...


Postdoctoral Scholar in Information Systems-Business Analytics
...conduct high‐impact academic research in the domains of business analytics and information management...


Postdoctoral Scholar in Nursing
...Current areas of research within the UNH Department of Nursing include: Harm reduction related to opioid use disorder...


Postdoctoral Scholar in Recreation Management and Policy
...conduct high-impact community-engaged scholarship that influences park and recreation management and policy in the state and region...


Postdoctoral Scholar in Social Science and Climate Research
...develop an impactful, multidisciplinary research program that focuses on emerging as a leader to filling a national gap of social sciences representation in climate science...


Postdoctoral Scholar in Sustainable Water Engineering
...for drinking water, industrial process water, municipal and industrial wastewater, and water reuse...


Postdoctoral Scholar in the Study of Occupation to Support OT
...a focus on the study of occupation and its impact on health and well-being and translating that research to occupational therapy practice...


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Each year the Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars program will attract a cohort of 3 - 5 highly talented underrepresented postdoctoral scholars to the University of New Hampshire.  

Through a nationally competitive application and review process, we seek to bring excellent scholars to our campus who have a passion for teaching, research, and public engagement within the context of a research (R1) university that values its commitment to the public good.

Among this program's highest priority is the professional development and preparation of scholars toward an opportunity to apply for a tenure track position.  The program is built on the existing professional development model for UNH junior faculty  that has been proven to help bolster their career success. 

In addition, a mentoring network which includes a research mentor, departmental advocate, and scholarly coach is a key element of the scholars' mentoring plan.

UNH is designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an R1 “very high research activity” institution, putting it among the 130 highest-ranked doctoral-granting universities for research in the U.S. As the state's public flagship research university, UNH provides high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction from its campuses in Durham, Manchester and Concord, NH. Teaching, scholarship and research across a breadth of fields and disciplines, and engagement with and outreach to our state, the nation, and beyond lead to high impact learning experiences for our students. UNH is one of 13 universities to hold land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant charters.

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The University of New Hampshire (UNH) is proud to launch Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars designed to support the professional development, excellence, and diversity and inclusion of underrepresented postdoctoral scholars through a nationally competitive application and selection process. UNH is committed to creating a more diverse academic community, knowing that inclusion, diversity and equity are values inextricably linked to educational excellence.

Diverse scholars strengthen our ability to reach the individual and collective potential for all faculty, staff, students, and the society we serve.


Application materials

  • Cover letter addressed to Executive Director, Engagement and Faculty Development
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement of research plans (2-3 pages)
  • A personal statement of your commitment to diversity and equity in your discipline (1–3 pages)
  • Writing samples (one or two examples, 30 page cumulative maximum, e.g. article, chapter, dissertation chapter)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All Materials must be submitted through online application system to be accepted: UNH Careers are Here



The stipend is $50,000 per year minimum (will vary on discipline-based qualifications) plus benefits; Professional development and support funds (e.g., research and travel) in the amount of $4,000 per year. In addition, the university-provides a systematic multi-year approach to professional development through participation Writing Academy, Research and Engagement Academy, workshops, departmental activities, cohort meetings in addition to the collaboration with both a departmental research mentor and a scholarly coach to support the growth of the postdoctoral scholar toward applying for a tenure track faculty role.


Start date
Mid August 2023.



  • Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree or terminal degree in their field within the past five years and by July 1st of the award year.
  • The primary criterion for selection is match of scholar expertise with the area of postdoctoral research.
  • An important secondary criterion is the support of prospective departments.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.



Our application period is October 1, 2021-November 15, 2022


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UNH is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


The Office of Engagement and Faculty Development offers a suite of professional development programs to UNH faculty and researchers at all levels. Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars will participate with junior faculty in the two year professional development experience:

  • A cohort of diverse postdoctoral scholars pursuing independent research
  • A research mentor, scholarly coach, external mentor, and department ambassador
  • The UNH Writing Academy
  • The UNH Research & Engagement Academy 
  • Teach one class annually & expand your pedagogical knowledge
  • Participate in the life of your department
  • $50,000 per year (minimum) & professional development funds

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Academies, research mentoring, and teaching workshops will prepare Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars to be productive scholars, teachers, and researchers as they continue on to careers in the Academy.


For questions or additional information regarding the Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars program, please contact us to make an appointment :

Leslie Couse, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Engagement and Faculty Development

Reginald A. Wilburn
Faculty Fellow Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars
Professor of English
College of Liberal Arts

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UNH is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.