POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Information for Postdoctoral Fellows

The following information is provided as a general resource for postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. This is meant to serve as an introduction, however, more detailed information and answers to specific questions can be obtained through the Department Business Office.

Professional Resources

Other Training Programs
A central mission of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology is the training of the next generation of scientists. Post-doctoral fellows at Duke may be supported via several interdepartmental training programs in addition to their post-doctoral appointment, including:

Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology Pathogenesis Training Program (Tri-I MMPTP)

Duke Scholars in Molecular Medicine Program (DSMM)

Virology Training Program

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Funding Opportunities
This section describes various sources of available internal and external funding for post-doctoral fellows in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

MGM Distinguished Fellows Travel Awards
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will award travel grants of $1000 each to support postdoctoral fellows associated with primary or secondary MGM faculty to attend national and international scientific meetings. These travel grants will be awarded on the basis of the scientific quality of the submitted abstracts. More . . .

Mitchell Meritorious Research Travel Awards
The Duke University Center for Host-Microbial Interactions (CHoMI) will award travel grants, worth $1000 each, to support students or post-doctoral fellows to attend national and international scientific meetings. Travel grants will be awarded on the basis of the scientific quality of the submitted abstracts.
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Duke Postdoctoral Association
Established in 2002, the Duke University Postdoctoral Association (DUPA) works to address the needs and concerns of Duke postdocs, including professional development, social interaction, and advocacy. The Association sponsors workshops, symposia, and various other activities to enhance the post-doctoral experience at Duke.

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Additional Resources

Housing
The Department maintains a listing of various apartment rentals and other housing options that are in Durham and Chapel Hill.

Parking
Duke’s parking and transportation system provides faculty, students, post-doctoral fellows, and employees with a variety of options that balance price and convenience. With a robust alternative transportation program, reliable on-campus transportation services, an appropriate mix of on-campus student and employee parking, and off-campus park and ride lots, there is a transportation option for most every need.Please visit the Duke Parking and Transportation web site for further information.

Social Security
International scholars often have questions regarding obtaining a social security card. Please visit the Social Security Administration web site for further information.

Visa Information
The Duke Visa Services web site contains Visa information for temporary/exchange visitors. For assistance with visa issues and applications, please contact Jason Howard.

Health Insurance and Benefits
Duke’s overall benefit plan has long been recognized and valued because of its comprehensiveness and competitiveness in the market. In addition to a wide array of traditional benefits including health care and dental care, Duke also offers a wide range of family-friendly and cultural benefits to attract, support and reward the skilled employees that help Duke remain a premier education, research and health care institution. Please visit Duke Human Resources for health insurance and benefits information.

Tax Information

Many factors contribute to an individual’s tax situation and you should contact Duke Payroll and/or consult with a tax professional.