Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
To apply for the recruitment program, complete all of the application as instructed. The application must be turned in by the deadline to be considered by the selection committee. Candidates must have defended their dissertation no earlier than August 2016 or expect to defend their thesis by August 2018. Candidates should currently be enrolled in a U.S. graduate institution or have graduated from a U.S. institution and currently reside in the U.S.


Is an invitation to attend the Postdoctoral Recruitment Weekend an offer to work at Indiana University School of Medicine as a postdoctoral trainee?
No. The Postdoctoral Recruitment Weekend is a great way for you to meet and interview with several prospective faculty mentors over your visit.


Am I qualified for the Postdoctoral Recruitment Weekend?
Candidates applying for the IUSM Postdoctoral Recruitment Weekend must have defended their dissertation no earlier than August 2016 or expect to defend their thesis by August 2018. If you will be completing your thesis work after August 2018, you may apply for the 2018 Postdoctoral Recruitment Program.


If I am accepted to the Postdoctoral Recruitment Weekend, is the visit to IUSM funded?
Yes, your visit to Indianapolis will be funded including travel, lodging and meals by the IUSM Graduate Division, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (for those located in the US).


How long will the application take to complete?
The application is expected to take approximately 15 - 30 minutes to complete. If your application is selected for invitation, we will also be asking you to identify faculty members with whom you would like to interview soon after the invitation is sent.


When will I hear about my application?
Completed applications will be evaluated by a selection committee.  You should expect to hear back from us by the end of August 2017 using the email contact information provided on the application.


Why Indianapolis and IU?
Indianapolis is 4th in the nation for life science communities and 9th in the US as the state with the largest life science employment! Indianapolis is a great place to live and to work.  It’s the 13th largest metro area in the US.  Though it’s large, it exudes a small-town hospitality that makes you feel at home! Indianapolis has a vibrant downtown area, diverse neighborhoods and a lively cultural scene. 

IUSM supports basic, translational and clinical research supporting a broad range of scientific, medical and healthcare topics and is home to 18 research centers.  In addition, IUSM researchers earned over $320 million in research awards in FY 2016, including more than $126 million in NIH funding and that number is rising.


I have more questions, who can I contact?
You may contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at  We will gladly answer questions you may have.

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