How to Write a Research Proposal for Post-Doctoral Fellowship Applications

Course Length: 1.35 Hour
Course Style: High-Definition On Demand Video

Learning Objectives

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

  1. List the 4 key goals of a research proposal as a post-doctoral fellowship application material
  2. Explain how to read and analyze a post-doc research proposal prompt using real-world examples
  3. Discuss how to format and style your post-doc research proposal properly
  4. Identify the 7 core components of an effective post-doc research proposal
  5. Describe step-by-step how to write each of the 7 core components (with exemplars)
  6. List the 3 additional components sometimes found in post-doc research proposal prompts and explain how to prepare them
  7. List 10 key buzzwords to include in your post-doc research proposal as well as 8 terms to avoid
  8. Navigate the 5 most common mistakes made when writing a post-doc research proposal


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.

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