Funding Opportunities

The Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies (CAGT) Fellowship 2021- 2022


The Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies (CAGT) is excited to provide fellowships that support postdoctoral trainees conducting research to develop genomic technologies and methods for associated computational analyses, as well as applying these technologies to basic and applied biomedical sciences. Genome Technology Fellows will receive support for two years and participate in mentored research with topics to be determined by the fellow and faculty advisor(s) based on mutual interests. Collaborative, interdisciplinary projects that cross multiple labs will be prioritized. Fellows will also benefit from and actively participate in CAGT programing, including an annual Symposium, seminars, career development activities and other Center enrichment opportunities.
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This fellowship provides two years of total stipend support at the NIH-recommended annual stipend level based on years of experience, including both salary support and Duke fringe/benefits. No other expenses will be supported.

Application Deadline: Tuesday August 31, 2021, by 5 p.m.

Anticipated Funding start date: To be determined by the applicant within 6 months of award notification (anticipated to be October 1).

Related: Learn more about being a postdoc at Duke 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Genome Technology Fellows should hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree at the time of appointment. This fellowship is intended for those considered Postdoctoral Fellows by NIH standards throughout the term of the funding; thus, preference will be given to applicants seeking their first postdoctoral experience and those early in their postdoctoral training period.
  • Applicants who have committed to perform research in a Duke lab but have not started at Duke, or those who initiated their postdoctoral training at Duke within a year preceding the award date are eligible for this award.
  • Genome Technology Fellows need not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Genome Technology Fellows may not simultaneously hold any other fellowship that covers salary and benefits.

How to Apply

Duke uses the MyResearchProposal online application software to submit applications.

  • To apply visit MyResearchProposal and click on “Create New Account” (or log in if you already have an account). Proposals must be submitted under the fellow’s name.
  • View this document for step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal.
  • Enter Access Code "CAGT" then choose “The Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies (CAGT) Fellowship 2021- 2022” and follow the instructions.
  • For any questions concerning MyResearchProposal passwords or system issues, please contact or 919-668-4774.

Application Materials

CAGT invites candidates to propose bold and innovative research ideas for development across labs, departments, schools, and disciplines. To facilitate alignment between candidate and CAGT interests, application materials include a research plan in which applicants clearly describe their interest in creating and/or working with innovative technologies to advance genome sciences and engineering, important gaps in knowledge they would like to address with their research, and their vision for how work in their area of interest could significantly impact the field and catalyze progress towards reaching their overall career goals. Application materials must include the following:

  1. Cover Page that includes applicant's name, current position and contact information 
  2. A three-page proposal that includes
    a. Description of the applicant’s research accomplishments to date
    b. Description of potential research ideas to be conducted during the postdoctoral period, with attention to requirements noted above
    c. Paragraph describing the applicant’s career goals and how this training experience will help the applicant attain them.
  3. Current standard NIH Biosketch of the applicant.
  4. Three (1-2 page) letters of recommendation to be uploaded by the letter provider directly into MyResearchProposal. Applicants can send requests to their references from within the system. One of the three letters should be from your proposed Duke mentor(s).

*Application Formatting Requirements: Figures can be included within the three-page proposal, but references are not included in the page limits defined above. Application materials should be formatted as follows: single line spacing, font size of Arial 11 point for text, font size of 10 point for figure legends/labels, and margins no less than 0.5 inch. Letters of Reference can be provided in formats selected by letter providers.


Questions about the application process may be directed to the CAGT administrative team at