Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowships at Purdue Engineering 2020

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Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowships at Purdue 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 a broader impact on industry and society.

Aim of the Program

The goal of the Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Purdue Engineering is to attract and prepare outstanding individuals with recently awarded PhDs for a career in engineering academia through interdisciplinary research, training, and professional development.


Individuals who have either completed their PhD within two years of the Fellowship application deadline or are in the final year of their PhD program in engineering or related sciences at the time of application can apply. 

Program structure

Gilbreth Fellows will have two co-advisors. One faculty co-advisor must have a primary appointment in an Engineering school/division. The second must have a primary appointment in a different Engineering school/division or at a non-engineering department at Purdue. An additional third collaborator from within or outside Purdue can also participate in the project.

Research project topics

Applicants can (a) propose their own innovative research proposal and suggest potential Purdue co-advisors, or (b) choose to develop their proposal based on interdisciplinary topics already posted by faculty on the fellowship website.

Potential faculty co-advisors are invited to upload brief 200 word descriptions and info for their proposed topics for a Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellow.


Gilbreth Fellows are appointed for a two-year term, and receive an annual stipend of $60,000 and benefits. A $5,000 grant is also provided for professional development such as attending conferences or workshops and are mentored for their future academic careers through a variety of programs. 

Key Dates for 2020

  • July 30, 2019: call to engineering faculty to post research topics on the LGPF website
  • August 30, 2019: website with proposed topics made live to interested applicants
  • December 6, 2019: Deadline to receive full application packets with recommendation letters
  • March 2020: the 2020 Lillian Gilbreth postdoc fellows announced; 2020 cohort fellows can start their assignments as early as April 2020


Application materials include an application and the following items:

  1. Cover letter describing how the Gilbreth Fellowship will help the candidates 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 suggests potential Purdue engineering faculty members who can be co-advisors.
  4. A one-page essay on their 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. 

Applicants should upload the cover letter, curriculum vita, research statement and impact statement as a single .pdf file via our application form.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Marsha Freeland,

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