Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Sciences (D-CIDES) administers a postdoctoral fellowship program in the decision sciences. Through this program, D-CIDES provides financial support to trainees who work with D-CIDES faculty affiliates on scholarship within any area of the decision sciences.

Terms of Fellowship Support

  • Initial fellowships are for one year and potentially renewable for a second year, based on a competitive evaluation process.
  • For the fellowship, D-CIDES will provide financial support of between 50% and 100% stipend, calibrated to the NIH standard stipend levels for beginning postdoctoral fellows. The Fellow’s mentors will be responsible for the remaining proportion of the stipend.
  • Fellows will be expected to participate in D-CIDES programs (e.g., giving a research presentation or workshop, attending seminars and journal clubs).

Criteria for the Fellowships

  • Fellows must be jointly nominated and mentored by two D-CIDES faculty affiliates.
  • Priority will be given to individuals whose mentors come from different academic disciplines.
  • Priority will be given to individuals at the start of their postdoctoral training; e.g., those who would be recruited to Duke and initially supported by this mechanism, and who then would become good candidates for other sources of funding. 

 How to Apply

Applicants and mentors should submit a single PDF file containing:

  • CV of the fellowship candidate.
  • A brief description (~1 page) of the research program that the candidate would pursue.
  • A letter of support from the mentorship team; a single, jointly signed letter is fine. It should include a plan for joint mentorship of the candidate and a commitment for providing the remaining portion of the stipend. 

Applications should be submitted to

Fellowships will be evaluated by the D-CIDES Executive Board, which contains faculty from throughout Duke whose research investigates the mechanisms of decision making. Applications are considered on a rolling basis each year, beginning on May 1. We anticipate making 3-4 awards per year. Additional information about postdoctoral positions at Duke can be found at

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