Postdoctoral fellows join the iSchool via a variety of mechanisms, including faculty research grants and contracts, external programs (such as the CIFellows program), and programs run by the iSchool -- including the Bullard Research Fellows and Boyvey Teaching Fellows (see below).
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Bullard Research Fellows
The Bullard Research Fellows program is designed to allow exceptionally promising young scholars the time to develop their own research while collaborating with leading established scholars and researchers. It is designed to accelerate careers, and to maximize the ability of Bullard Research Fellows to build independent research trajectories. To accomplish this, a portion of each fellow’s time will be reserved for their own independent research and publication efforts, including publishing results from their dissertation. Additionally, all Bullard Research Fellows will work with a mentor or mentors on research projects which are either already active or are collecting data in anticipation of funding. All have significant publication opportunities planned.
These post-doctoral positions do not include any obligation to teach; however, successful applicants who wish to enhance their teaching record will be able to teach up to one course annually as part of their normal workload; this may be done either as a co-lecturer with a faculty member, or as an independent lecturer. All post-docs will be given opportunities for guest lecturing and will be expected to give public seminars.
Each post-doctoral fellow will have access to up to $5,000 annually for research expenses and travel to professional conferences and research opportunities.
Boyvey Teaching Fellows
The goal of the Boyvey Fellow program is to provide early career scholars the opportunity to benefit from supportive mentoring and two years of classroom experience developing and independently teaching classes that will provide an advantage when pursuing tenure-track positions within and beyond The University of Texas at Austin iSchool. The Boyvey Fellows will teach primarily in the iSchool’s new undergraduate degree programs, the B.A. and B.S in Informatics, although teaching at the graduate level is also possible.
The Boyvey Fellows will teach an annual 5-course (2-3) teaching load to allow for time for the scholar to publish from their research or carry out other research activities that can further strengthen their record, as well as up to $2,500 annually for research and professional development such as conferences. These are normally two-year, non-renewable positions.