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Join the CBN: Post-Doctoral Fellowship Application


The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, through a consortium of institutions in the Atlanta area, promotes the development of interdisciplinary teams of investigators and educators who are working to define the interaction between brain processes and complex behavior. Research collaborations are developed through the regular interactions of investigators in the Center’s collaboratories and cores.  The collaboratories of the Center, designed to develop and promote innovative interdisciplinary research across diverse model systems focused primarily in the areas of affiliation, aggression, fear, reproduction, memory and cognition, reward and reinforcement, and sex differences.


The CBN awards two-year fellowships to candidates seeking to work in the field of behavioral neuroscience with CBN faculty at either Georgia State University or Emory University.

Candidates for postdoctoral fellowships must be presented for consideration by a CBN faculty member who has agreed to be their primary mentor.

Specifically, to be considered for a Center postdoctoral fellowship, an individual must:

  • have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field and no more than 5 years of post-doctoral experience.
  • be sponsored by at least 2 CBN faculty members with whom the candidate will work on a collaborative research project as a primary part of their research (only one faculty member will act as the primary mentor).
  • be a U.S. citizen


  • CBN postdoctoral fellows must participate in the research and/or educational activities related to the Center’s mission. This includes participation in collaborative research under the supervision of at least 2 Center faculty members (one faculty acts as primary mentor and the other a CBN faculty member with whom the candidate will collaborate on a project along with the primary mentor) and participation in interdisciplinary AND inter-institutional research activity in behavioral neuroscience through regular attendance at collaboratory meetings or core involvement.
  • Postdoctoral fellows are expected to file annual reports that include recent publications and presentations, and other activities related to the Center.
  • Postdoctoral fellows are expected to apply for an NRSA or equivalent source of support during their fellowship tenure.
  • Publications and presentations based on work supported by the Center must include the following citation:

“This material is based upon work supported in part by the STC Program of the National Science Foundation under Agreement No. IBN-9876754.”

Application Procedure

All applications must be submitted in full by the deadlines (CBN faculty are notified of deadlines; they are not published).

Applicants MUST FIRST be sponsored by at least 2 CBN faculty members , one of whom has agreed to mentor the applicant in their lab during the tenure of the fellowship and the other should be a CBN faculty member with whom the candidate will collaborate (even though there may be more potential collaborators – one is sufficient to start).

Once the required sponsorship is secured, complete the online portion of the CBN Post-Doctoral Fellowship Application.

Then applicants must submit the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A one-page statement/letter written by the candidate of the candidate’s career goals and how they will fit into the mission of the Center (research and/or educational). Also, the candidate should discuss briefly how they expect their work in the Center to benefit the field of behavioral neuroscience in general and what they expect to achieve from their time in the CBN.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from current graduate or postdoc mentor or supervisor.
  • Two letters of support/recommendation, one each from the CBN faculty members with whom the candidate will work. These letters should outline the collaborative nature of research that the postdoc candidate will conduct and how it relates to the mission of the Center and the activities of the collaboratories and/or cores.

Complete and submit to:

Kelly Stout, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3966
Atlanta, GA 30302-3966


Applications for Center post-doctoral fellowship candidates are reviewed by the CBN Executive Committee. Final approval of the fellowship award is by majority vote of the Executive Committee and is acknowledged by a letter to the candidate’s primary CBN faculty mentor. The CBN faculty mentor is then responsible for making the official offer of the fellowship to the candidate. If accepted, the primary mentor should provide the candidate’s contact information to the CBN financial manager who will arrange the start of the funding cycle.


Mailing Address: Georgia State University,
PO Box 5090, Atlanta, GA 30302-5090
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