About Michigan Pioneer Fellows

The Medical School and its Endowment for the Basic Sciences, the Life Sciences Institute, and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, at the University of Michigan (participating units) have partnered to offer the Michigan Pioneer Fellows program, a highly competitive postdoctoral fellowship program to enhance the research program of the entire life and biomedical sciences enterprise at Michigan.

The Michigan Pioneer Fellows program provides financial and mentoring support to highly motivated and accomplished post-doctoral fellows bound for research-intensive careers. The program offers competitive salary and financial resources, and provides mentorship focused on nurturing and launching innovative scientists into groundbreaking careers. 


Researcher examining a vial of fluid in the lab

Research fellows Alex Knights, Ph.D. (above) and Amanda Erwin, Ph.D. (below)

Researcher working with a GP2 Plunge Freezer in the cryo-EM lab


Professional Development


In 2023, Michigan Life Sciences Fellows and Michigan Postdoctoral Pioneer Program combined to form the Michigan Pioneer Fellows. These two programs merged to provide maximum professional growth, mentorship and collaborative opportunities to participants. Combined, these two programs offer postdoctoral fellows unique opportunities to interact and grow with a cohort of peers, while receiving both the independence to pursue their scientific projects and the necessary support to develop as scientific leaders. 

Fellows presenting at a poster session