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Welcome to UMBC and to the postdoctoral experience! As a postdoctoral scholar at UMBC, your research and leadership have opportunities to flourish. All postdoctoral scholars at UMBC are encouraged to participate in the community of scholars through various activities that are sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Faculty Development Center (postdocs are a faculty rank and are welcome at all FDC events), and the PROMISE program (an NSF-originating program that supports graduate students and postdocs). UMBC is also a CIRTL Campus (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning), and in addition to workshops offered on our campus, we offer support for you to access a national network of virtual workshops, all of which can lead to free certificates in teaching that demonstrate your competency and commitment to evidence-based practices and inclusion. PROMISE hosts regular workshops on topics such as project management, mentoring undergraduates, developing materials for tenure-track positions, starting and nurturing research collaborations, and public speaking. To keep up with the latest events, you should join the MyUMBC page for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Development: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise.


Resources available through UMBC’s memberships and partnerships, include the following:


Faculty Development Center

CIRTL: The Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning at UMBC: earn a nationally recognized certificate in STEM teaching for free!

PROMISE support – interested in a faculty career? UMBC’s PROMISE program can support you!

Events sponsored by or suggested by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Maryland & Affiliates

University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Advanced Research Training and Innovation (CARTI)

Through our NSF-funded AGEP PROMISE Academy Alliance, we are pleased to announce that offerings from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park are now open to UMBC Postdocs.


National Postdoctoral Association (use your university login, we have an institutional membership)

CIRTL: The Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (use your university login, we have an institutional account)


Mentoring Resources

National Research Mentoring Network – Postdocs

AAAS – Getting the Mentoring You Need 

Mentoring Plans – Postdoctoral Scholars


If you would like to read a success story regarding pursuing a postdoc and what it can provide, please check the Profiles tab.



Other Resources for Success 

The following resources are offered from past events that served postdocs. These resources have been developed by UMBC’s Faculty Development Center, and PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)