Upcoming Events


Three-part Grants Workshop - REGISTRATION is now OPEN!

Please register for Part 1 before March 17 - HERE

We will be offering again the highly demanded three-part grants workshop this Spring!  The OPDA will be partnering with OGFA and the Office of Research to host three interconnected workshops to assist postdoctoral scholars and graduate trainees with the preparation of extramural applications for grants.  Scholars and trainees that participate in all three sessions and submit their proposal to an extramural agency will be eligible to receive an intramural grant award to apply for training-related expenses of their research project ($750 graduate trainees, $1,000 postdoctoral scholars).  These funds were graciously contributed by the VP for Research Office.

PART I = March 19, 2021; 1 - 3:30 pm.  Experienced faculty that have served on grant review panels will present the latest criteria and strategies for a number of different agencies in a variety of fields and disciplines.  Also on hand will be postdocs and PhD students that have been awarded grants to serve as peer mentors in the process of you deciding and preparing your application.  

or PART I = March 22, 2021; 1 - 1:30 pm.  

PART II = June 16 or 23, 2021;  12 - 3 pm. Sign up for a time block to have your prepared Specific Aims page critiqued by a panel of experts in your field. This is the heart of every successful grant proposal. 

PART III = Sept., 29 or Oct. 6, 2021;  12 - 3 pm. Sign up for a time block to have your full grant proposal critiqued by a mock study section of experts in your field. Then take your reviews, modify your full proposal and submit to your targeted agency to receive your intramural award from FSU. You do not have to be awarded your proposed grant to received the intramural support, but you must complete all three workshop dates and be responsive to the available experts!

Biological Science/Neuroscience Postdoctoral Mentoring Workshop 

This is a special, faculty-led monthly workshop for Postdoctoral Scholars hosted by the Department of Biological Science and the Program in Neuroscience.  Although the career focus will be directed to the Life Sciences, all Postdoctoral Scholars and senior Graduate Students are welcome. For questions, please contact Dr. Kay Jones.  Workshops are held virtually on the second Monday of each month.

Diversity and Inclusion Survey

The PDA and OPDA invite you to follow a survey Posted HERE

Diversity and Inclusion is of utmost importance to the FSU Postdoctoral Association (PDA).  Our survey (5-8 minutes completion time) will help us assess and report on the diversity and inclusion of the postdoc population at FSU.  Only the FSU PDA and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPDA) will have access to the data, which will be secure and anonymous. To protect the privacy of all postdocs, the survey responses will be anonymized and collated with the responses of all other FSU postdocs, so that no individual's responses will be tabulated.

We hope the data will guide us to enhance the diversity and inclusion of FSU postdocs!

Travel Awards Reopening! 

February 22, 2021 deadline

Due to the prevention of university-sponsored travel caused by the pandemic, we were forced to suspend the Professional Development Travel Award program last year.  The Postdoctoral Advisory Board and the Postdoctoral Association made the request to reopen the program for sponsorship of virtual conference registration and other types of professional career advancements for our postdoctoral scholars.  Therefore, we plan to reopen the application portal for Travel Grants soon to accept applications for a February 22, 2021 deadline to sponsor virtual professional development occurring March 1 to July 1.  We will then reevaluate whether the program will transition back to actual travel for the normal July 1 deadline that would sponsor travel from July 1, 2021 to Jan 1, 2022.  More than likely we will be looking at a hybrid type of travel support, part virtual and part physical travel to safe destinations (likely more domestic travel).  

The deadline for March 1 to July 1 travel/professional development window has now passed and applications are being reviewed.  Please look back here in early summer for a July 1 to Jan 1, 2022 opportunity.


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