The OPA is pleased to grant five postdoc professional development awards per year, two in the spring and three in the fall. Applicants must prepare a description of a proposed professional development experience along with a budget, demonstration of need and letter of reference. Professional development may include support to travel to a professional conference or workshop, support to mentor an undergraduate or graduate student, or support for other training in another location, etc. Preference will be given to applicants wishing to extend their training beyond simply presenting a poster or short talk at a professional meeting. The expenses described must be incurred within one calendar year of the award.


FALL 2018

Professional Development Awards – Fall 2018

The OSU Postdoctoral Association (OPA) is pleased to again invite applications for professional development awards of $1000 each. Applications are due Monday, September 24th at 5 pm by email to Awards recipients will be announced at our annual Postdocs Research Symposium on October 4th.


Applications are restricted to postdoctoral researchers as defined by OSU (see

Application Materials and Selection Process

  1. Explanation of professional development experience and need (max. 1 page)
    1. An explanation should address the project, how the experience aids in your professional development, and the need for supplemental funding from OPA
  2. Line-item budget and budget justification (max. 1 page)
    1. A budget should be specific including travel, hotel, and materials costs (even if they exceed the award amount). Please do not use estimates. Look into costs to put together an appropriate budget.
    2. All items should be justified in a written-out budget justification. If the amount of the professional development experience exceeds the award amount, please address where remaining funding will come from.
  3. One professional letter of reference (max. 1 page)


No CV is necessary. All documents should be double-spaced, contain 12-point font, and have 1” margins. Please submit materials as a single PDF via email to James Fox with “postdoc professional development award” in the subject line.

Application materials will be evaluated by a Professional Development Award Committee comprised of current postdocs. The Committee provides recommendations for awardees to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Applications will be evaluated based on:

  1. Merit and need of the proposed activity
  2. Appropriateness and completeness of the  budget and justification
  3. Strength of reference letter


Previous Awardees

Spring 2018

Dr. Fadi El-Rami, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Rakesh Awale, Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Dr. Puerta will use her award to attend the prestigious ICES-PICES conference on the multidisciplinary study of the marine environment.

Dr. Sato will use her award to attend a conference and give a seminar at a research institution in Korea on biological-physical interactions in marine ecosystems.

Dr. Bezerra Da Silva will use his award to conduct research on the mechanisms of insecticide resistance of two major pests of US berries and grapes.

Spring 2016

Carla Schubiger(Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine) - Carla's award will fund travel to Hawaii to research the efficacy of a marine probiotic to preserve coral reefs from bleaching.

Erin E. Gorsich(Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine) - Erin's award will fund travel to a conference ad grant-writing workshop on modeling infection patterns of the foot-and-mouth disease of the African buffalo.

Fall 2015

Christopher Gaulke (Dept. of Microbiology) – Chris's award funded his mentorship of an undergraduate in a microbiome bioinformatics project.

Matthew Jones (Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society) – Matt's award funded travel as invited speaker to a national geophysical meeting and attend several workshops for networking.

Cleo Davie-Martin (Depts. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology/ Dept. of Microbiology) – Cleo's award funded travel and special training to become an expert in PTR-MS (proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer) instruments.

OPA Professional Awards: Requests for Proposals

Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015.