Now accepting applications for the 2021 CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity

The application period for the 2021 CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity has closed.

CADRE is inviting 5 postdoctoral researchers who work in the field of STEM education research to participate in the CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity.

CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity Overview

CADRE Postdocs are nominated by PIs/Co-PIs of active DRK-12 awards. Selected postdocs will have the opportunity to network with other early career researchers, engage in informal mentoring with more experienced researchers, participate in capacity-building webinars on funding their research agenda, engage in a mock proposal review with an NSF program director, and attend the virtual 2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting. During the PI meeting, postdocs will participate in topical sessions (see the 2018 PI Meeting agenda for examples of past sessions), network with DRK-12 awardees, and meet NSF program directors.

Calendar of Activities

  • April 2021: Introductory Webinar
    Virtual Meeting | Postdocs introduce themselves and their research, learn about CADRE, and discuss expectations for the Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity.
  • May 2021: Applying for Grant Funding Webinar
    Virtual Meeting | Postdocs join the CADRE Fellows and grant-funded researchers to discuss funding opportunities, how to fund your research agenda, and how proposal development varies with each funder.
  • June/July 2021:
    • NSF Mock Proposal Review
      Virtual Meeting | Postdocs join the CADRE Fellows for a mock review of two DRK-12 proposals led by an NSF program director to gain insight into developing competitive NSF proposals.
    • DRK-12 PI Meeting
      Virtual Meeting | Postdocs attend the virtual PI Meeting, network with awardees, and participate in sessions. Postdocs are expected to fully participate in all early career activities and events at the meeting and to contribute to knowledge sharing related to the PI Meeting, e.g., live Tweet during the PI Meeting to disseminate knowledge and resources shared at the meeting with other STEM education stakeholders. Postdocs are also encouraged to informally mentor a CADRE Fellow during or within a month of the PI Meeting (possible topics include looking for postdoc positions and dissertation writing).
    • DRK-12 Proposal Development Webinar
      Virtual Meeting | Postdocs and CADRE Fellows draw on their experience from the initial funding webinar and the mock proposal review to discuss the development of a DRK-12 project from conception to proposal writing with the principal investigator.
    • Postdoc Debrief/Wrap-Up Webinar
      Virtual Meeting | Postdocs discuss their experiences in the program. Postdocs are also expected to complete an evaluation survey.


Applicants must:

  1. Be a postdoc at an academic institution (or hold a similar position at a non-academic education research organization).
  2. Demonstrate the desire and potential for advancing the field of STEM education.
  3. Have professional experience and career goals that contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education.
  4. Have research experience in education and exhibit evidence of leadership.
  5. Have the capacity to commit and contribute to the activities outlined in the Calendar of Activities above.

CADRE aims to establish a cohort of 5 postdocs that represent diverse backgrounds, experience, interests, professional goals, institutions, and geographic regions. Special consideration will be given to applicants from awardees and institutions that have not previously had a CADRE Postdoc and who have not had similar professional development opportunities. Please note that we will accept only one postdoc nomination per PI/Co-PI.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM ET on February 23, 2021.

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