Carnegie Mellon University

Expectations for Faculty Mentors

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship mentors are usually tenured faculty who are expected to (1) take an active role in helping the fellow to plan and achieve their research or creative practice goals, (2) assist the fellow in establishing a visible presence in department, (3) facilitate opportunities for the fellow to participate in national and international meetings, (4) encourage the fellow to focus full-time on research and avoid other commitments such as teaching or outside employment, and (5) assist the fellow in seeking opportunities to present papers or to interview for faculty positions on campus.

The program encourages mentors to meet with their fellow at the beginning of the fellowship to discuss their working arrangements and consider appropriate long and short term goals for the term of the fellowship. The mentor should not expect to meet all of the fellow's career development needs personally, but should provide an overall framework to ensure that the fellow has access to a broad academic network to support their work.

Mentors may also play an important role in advising fellows about the academic job market and making connections to related departments that may be interested in the fellow for a faculty appointment. At the Carnegie Mellon University, departments that are interested in considering applicants for faculty appointments should contact the fellowship program office (

Please note: It is expected that departments and faculty mentors will make appropriate arrangements for space and other necessary resources.