How to Write a Research Statement for Post-Doc Fellowship Applications

Course Length: 1 Hour
Course Style: High-Definition On Demand Video

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this comprehensive and engaging course, you will be able to:

  1. Review the 4 key goals of a Research Statement during the post-doctoral fellowship application process
  2. Explain how to read and analyze a Research Statement prompt using real-world examples
  3. Discuss how to properly format and style your Research Statement
  4. Identify the 4 core sections of an effective Research Statement
  5. Describe step-by-step how to write each of the 4 core sections (with exemplars)
  6. Navigate the 5 most common mistakes made when writing a Research Statement


Tyler McFayden, PhD is an NICHD T32 Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, where her research focuses on how social communication develops in the absence of spoken language. Dr. McFayden received her PhD in Clinical & Developmental Psychology from Virginia Tech, after having completed her undergraduate studies at Davidson College. Having engaged in numerous service and leadership roles, including as a Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) Fellow, a Project SHORT Graduate Student Mentor, and a PCSAS Student Representative at Virginia Tech, she is now an active ad hoc peer-reviewer and conference submission reviewer. In addition to having delivered dozens of conference presentations across the country, Dr. McFayden has published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Molecular Psychiatry, Perspectives on Psychological Science, and Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

DISCLOSURES: This course can be classified as video-based homestudy without interactivity, and has an intended audience of professionals in the following sectors: Non-profit, Industry, University, Community College, Government Agency, Hospitals & Clinics, and Independent Researchers. Publication Academy, Inc. reports no conflicts of interest and has received no commercial support in the development and hosting of this training from its instructors. Publication Academy, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. If you wish to enquire about a refund due to technical difficulties, please e-mail

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