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Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowships at Purdue University - College of Engineering

The Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowships at Purdue Engineering are awarded in memory of Dr. Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Professor at Purdue from 1935-1948. A world renowned pioneer in the application of psychology to industrial engineering, Dr. Gilbreth’s work epitomized interdisciplinary research and broader impact on industry and society.

For a full description of the program see: Gilbreth Fellowships

For all research topics see: Research Proposals

For our biomechanics topic see: Bone hydration to reduce microcracking and fracture risk

Contact: Thomas Siegmund, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

siegmund@purdue.eduLab Website


Key Dates for 2021 

  • December 4, 2020: Deadline to receive full application packets with recommendation letters
  • March 2021: the 2021 Lillian Gilbreth postdoc fellows announced; 2021 cohort fellows can start their assignments as early as April 2021


Application materials include the following items:

  1. Cover letter describing how the Gilbreth Fellowship will help the candidate 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 lists potential Purdue engineering faculty members who can be co-advisors.
  4. A one-page essay on the candidate’s 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. Letters from potential Purdue co-advisors will not be accepted.

Apply at on the Purdue University Internal Competitions and Limited Submissions page by clicking on Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021-22. You may sort by the due date of 12/4/2020 to access it more readily.

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