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Goldberg Fellowship

The Golberg Fellowship honors the outstanding career of Dr. Leon Golberg in Toxicology. Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in research related to Toxicology and superior record of accomplishments during the pre- and post-doctoral training. Fellowships are for up to two years and include a $50,000 stipend per year, plus $2,000 for travel, and coverage for health insurance

Prerequisites: To be eligible for the Golberg Postdoctoral Fellowship, candidates should have no more than 4 years postdoctoral research experience and be currently mentored by an investigator affiliated with the Curriculum in Toxicology. They must have recently submitted an application for an extramural postdoctoral training fellowship through UNC-CH. These fellowships can include, but are not limited, to NIH F32 Fellowships, K99/R00 Transition to Independence Grants, NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships, or any specific association fellowships, such as the American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship, the American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, or the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Any other extramural fellowship must be approved by the Director of Postdoctoral Training of the Curriculum in Toxicology to be considered as fulfilling the prerequisite.

Application Process: Golberg Fellowship Applications should be in the form of a modified NIH F32 proposal. Applications should include a description of the research project that the applicant and research mentor wish to pursue. The format should include the following components:

  • A cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • Current CV
  • Specific Aims (max. 1 page)
  • Scientific Premise and Research Design (max. 6 pages; not including References)
  • Applicant’s Research Experience (max. 1 page)
  • Three letters of support from investigators familiar with the applicant’s research (at least one should be from outside of UNC-CH)
  • A letter from the research mentor outlining the applicant’s potential to make significant contributions to the field of Toxicology.

Application Deadline and Review Process: Applications will be received on a rolling basis. The Cover Letter, Specific Aims, Scientific Premise and Research Design, and Applicant’s Research Experience should be assembled in a single pdf and sent as an email attachment to the Director for Postdoctoral Training of the Curriculum in Toxicology. The letters of support and the letter from the research mentor should be sent directly to the Director for Postdoctoral Training of the Curriculum in Toxicology.

Upon receipt of the entire application package, the Curriculum in Toxicology Postdoctoral Advisory Committee will review applications and make funding recommendations to the Director of the Curriculum in Toxicology. The Curriculum in Toxicology Postdoctoral Advisory Committee is composed of investigators associated with the Curriculum in Toxicology from the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Pharmacy, as well the U.S. EPA, and NIEHS.

The review process shall be completed in 2-4 weeks, upon which the applicant is notified of the merit of the application. Revised applications will not be accepted.

Expectations of Golberg Postdoctoral Fellows: Awardees are expected to attend the weekly Curriculum in Toxicology seminar series, present their research at the yearly retreat of the Curriculum in Toxicology, and acknowledge the Golberg Fellowship in any publications resulting from their work. Fellows are also expected to form a mentoring committee to enrich their professional development. Funding can be provided for up to two years, depending on continuing progress towards the training and research goals identified in the application.

Send applications to:

Dr. Bernard E. Weissman (
Director of Postdoctoral Training
31-321 Lineberger Cancer Center
CB# 7295, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295

For additional information, write to:

Dr. Ilona Jaspers (
Director, Curriculum in Toxicology & Environmental Medicine
CB #7325, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7325