NHAES Postdoctoral Scientists Support Program

Updated August 2019

As a part of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station’s (NHAES) goal to enhance the productivity and impacts of its funded research, to strengthen the abilities of our faculty scientists, and to help train the next generation of agricultural scientists, NHAES will support a modest number of postdoctoral scientists (postdocs) to work with highly productive faculty members on their NHAES-funded research projects.

Funding Amount, Duration and Timing

The NHAES Postdoctoral Scientists Support Program will provide up to two years funding for a single individual per award (i.e., not for time- or FTE-portions of multiple individuals), at a maximum rate of $48,000 salary plus 24.9 percent fringe. Operations, travel and other support must come from the faculty mentor’s NHAES and/or appropriate extramurally funded projects. The postdoctoral scientist must actually work full time on the NHAES project to comply with federal time and effort reporting regulations. If you know the name of the intended postdoc, be sure to specify it in the proposal as this will allow the advertising/search requirement for the position to be waived.

Proposals are submitted by and awards made to individual faculty members rather than to postdoctoral applicants. If a potential postdoc has been identified, their qualifications may be included in the proposal (below). Faculty PIs will be notified of postdoctoral funding awards during late winter so they may accept a new postdoc to begin the following October 1 (at earliest). Funding will necessarily correspond to the NHAES federal fiscal year budget allocations of October 1 through September 30. Because funding received by NHAES is on an annual "use it or lose it" basis, these dollars must be expended only during the two award years except in the unusual case of prior written agreement. Unspent dollars may not be carried over or re-targeted to other uses.

Support for NHAES GRAs and Postdocs personnel are competitive and are limited by available capacity funding; going forward Project Directors may receive one-two rounds of personnel funding (2 years each), followed by a gap but will not qualify for continuous personnel funding.


Funding is available to faculty having active NHAES projects that are awarded through the regular competitive review process. The preferred time for faculty to apply for postdoctoral scientist funding is when sufficient time remains in their approved research project; generally concurrent with a new or revised Hatch, Hatch-Multistate or McIntire-Stennis project proposal submission or the first year of their project to ensure at least two years remaining funded project duration to accommodate the (conventional) two-year postdoc.

Postdoctoral scientists who are not U.S. citizens are eligible for this program. Noncitizens must have the proper documentation that allows them to work in the U.S. completed in order to be paid from NHAES federal funds. In this case the potential faculty sponsor should contact the UNH Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) to ensure that all required preparations are completed. The OISS website is http://www.unh.edu/oiss/. Such individuals would presumably come as J-1 Exchange Visitors; see the tabs for Faculty/Staff and Departments on the OISS website. The OISS contact for exchange visitors including inquiries is John Deziel (see General Info tab/OISS Staff).

Award Criteria

Relevance to the NHAES funding mandates will have been addressed during the Hatch, Hatch-Multistate or McIntire-Stennis project review process. Award criteria therefore target the PI’s demonstrated past and anticipated future research productivity, and that of the potential postdoctoral scientist if known, including a mixture of the following:

  • professional accomplishments
  • record of scholarly publications (last five years)
  • record of research impacts and outcomes
  • leveraging of resources through extramural funding
  • graduate students mentored and their outcomes
  • the supported postdoc’s proposed research role and activities
  • the supported postdoc’s research relevance to local/regional and national priorities
  • potential for individual and programmatic productivity and impacts
  • other considerations that advocate for a sound investment of NHAES funds

Proposal Timing and Format

An annual request for postdoctoral funding proposals will occur each year, concurrent with the annual request for NHAES project proposals. Award decisions will be made shortly following review of new NHAES project proposals, so those PIs receiving approval for new projects may be considered for postdoc support funding.

Proposals are limited to three pages (five pages if a specific individual is targeted for the postdoctoral position, to provide space for their qualifications), single-spaced 11-point font or larger. They should clearly address each of the award criteria listed above, be accompanied by a current short (max four pages) vita for the prospective PI (also for the prospective postdoc if known), and by any additional materials considered directly relevant.

For more information, please see the NHAES Research Projects Manual.