PDA Funding Opportunities

Postdoc Career Awards: Sustaining Professional Development During a Pandemic

Deadline has passed

Given the limitations on travel and conference attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UMN Postdoctoral Association wants to help support the postdoc community as they continue in their positions. We accepted applications for financial support to enable participation in professional development or training activities such as virtual conferences, workshops, or courses (also inclusive of anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion training) that support career advancement.The amount of support requested is up to the applicant, but needs to be justified and cannot exceed $500.

See last cycle's application form here


Postdoc Career Awards: Sustaining Professional Development During a Pandemic 2020

Lisa Harn Elliott

College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

Attending: Ecological Society of America (ESA) 2020

Beth Adamowicz

College of Biological Sciences

Attending: 2020 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Microbiome Virtual Meeting



Tolutola Oyetunde

College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

Attending: Three online coursera specializations

Ke Shi

College of Biological Sciences

Attending: Schrödinger's online course: Introduction to Molecular Modeling in Drug Discover

Manish Shetty

College of Science and Engineering

Attending: 2020 ACS Fall Meeting

Diego Morales-Briones

College of Biological Sciences

Attending: Botany 2020


Marie Maneka Malalgoda

College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

Attending: The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) meeting. Secured the founding by other grant*

Manbir Rakkar

College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

Attending: 2020 ASA-CSSA-SSSA


Zhiyue Wang

College of Biological Sciences

Attending: IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies

Carolina Soto Palma

Medical School

Attending: 25th Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics (SISG)


Zhikai Liang

College of Biological Sciences

Attending: Plant Biology Worldwide Summit 2020



Ariel Alperstei

College of Science and Engineering

Attending: ICONS workshop


Lisa Anderson

Medical School

Attending: Crash Course training


Nick Lambrecht

College of Biological Sciences

Attending: ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition

Career Development Awards

The University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Association provides bi-annual career development awards for the purposes of supplementing and encouraging attendance to events and programs furthering professional development such as conferences, workshops and seminars. Twice a year, three successful applicants will receive an honorarium of $500 to be used to supplement costs of travel and/or registration of such events.

See last cycle's application form here

Spring 2020 Career Awards

Gabriela Bustamante, PhD

Program in Health Disparities Research

Attending: Society for Epidemiologic Research Meeting

Adrian Moore, PhD

Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Attending: Freshwater Mussel Conservation Society Workshop

Aleta Steevens, PhD

Department of Neurosurgery, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences

Attending: The American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair

Fall 2019 Career Development Awards

Srinidhi Balasubramanian, PhD

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

Attending: 2019 Women in the Sciences Leadership Workshop

Irene Bueno Padilla, PhD

Department of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Attending: Annual Meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation

Elizabeth Martinez, PhD

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Attending: National Latinx Psychological Association Conference

Spring 2019 Career Development Awards

Rayma Kumar, PhD

Department of Chemistry

Attending: Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Future Faculty Symposium

Sushan Ru, PhD

Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics

Attending: 2019 National Association of Plant Breeders Annual Meeting

Elaine Norton, DVM, MS

Department of Veterinary Population Medicine

Attending: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Annual Forum

Postdoc Event Grants

Do you have a great idea for an event that would interest postdocs? Is your on-campus group, department, or college looking for funding for your programming? The UMN Postdoctoral Association is able to financially support career development events hosted by other groups on campus. See the announcement below to find out more information on how to apply, and email pda@umn.edu with additional questions.

2020 Spring Postdoc Event Proposal Form