Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Purdue Engineering 2019, USA


December 15, 2018


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Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowships at Purdue Engineering

Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowshipsavailable to innovative, interdisciplinary researchers with recent PhD’s in engineeringor related sciences.

The Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellows will be selected by a panel of distinguished faculty based on their CV, letters of recommendations, potential for broader impact on industry and society, and proposed research. Gilbreth fellows will have the unique opportunity to prepare themselves for a successful career in academia by:

  • Undertaking interdisciplinary research with two co-advisors in different fields
  • Participation in professional development activities tailored to chosen academia paths

In memory of the distinguished Dr. Lillian Moller Gilbreth, she was a engineering professor from 1935-1948 at Purdue University, fellowships in her name are now open to exceptional young individuals of great promise.

Lillian Gilbreth Fellows are provided with

  • Excellent stipend plus benefits
  • $5K for professional development
  • Interdisciplinary research with leading faculty
  • Mentoring guided by a comprehensive individual development plan


Individuals who have either completed their PhD within two years of the Fellowship application deadline or are in the final year of their PhD program in engineering or related sciences at the time of application can apply. 

Note: A candidate's Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship co-advisor(s) cannot include their PhD thesis advisor(s).

Program structure

Gilbreth Fellows will have two co-advisors. One faculty co-advisor must have a primary appointment in an Engineering school/division. The second must have a primary appointment in a different Engineering school/division or at a non-engineering department at Purdue. An additional third collaborator from within or outside Purdue can also participate in the project.

Applicants can (a) propose their own innovative research proposal and suggest potential Purdue co-advisors, or (b) choose to develop their proposal based on interdisciplinary topics already posted by faculty on the fellowship website.

The Gilbreth Fellowship is a full time appointment and the Fellows undertake research with their faculty co-advisors, participate in professional development activities, and are required to prepare and submit short annual reports on their achievements.


Gilbreth Fellows are appointed for a two-year term, and receive an annual stipend of $60,000 and benefits. A $5,000 grant is also provided for professional development such as attending conferences or workshops and are mentored for their future academic careers through a variety of programs. 


The application process for 2018-2019 is closed.  For future reference, application materials include an application and the following items:

  1. Cover letter describing how the Gilbreth Fellowship will help the candidates progress toward their goals in Engineering academia.
  2. Curriculum Vitae including list of publications.
  3. One-page research statement that includes goals and significance of proposed interdisciplinary work and suggests potential Purdue engineering faculty members who can be co-advisors.
  4. A one-page essay on their proposed broader impact through education/outreach/engagement.
  5. Three letters of recommendation that include detailed assessments of (a) the candidate’s qualifications and (b) potential for success in academia through scholarly research and broader impact through research/education/engagement. 
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December 12, 2018