How To Apply

We seek outstanding postdoctoral students who have a strong desire to pursue research in conjunction with CTRD faculty mentors in the subjects related to the evolution, development and expression of sex and gender with a special emphasis on parental effects on development.

Postdoctoral Trainees

2-year NIH traineeship (assuming satisfactory performance and award renewal by NIH) offered in integrative research in sexuality, sexual behavior, reproduction and development, with attention given to a wide variety of species, including humans. PhD in psychology, anthropology, gender studies, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, or a related field is required. Funding is from NIH T32 training grant, “Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity.”

For more information, make initial contact with one of the training faculty who might serve as primary mentors.


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Please send all application materials via email to Jessica Smith at:, with the email subject line “CTRD Post-doc Application”.

If emailing the application is not possible, it can be sent by mail to:


409 N. Park Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47405

Predoctoral Trainees

The training grant supports three or four predoctoral positions with stipend levels set by NIH (currently $26,352). Appointments are generally for one year with the possibility but not the expectation of renewal. Decisions regarding renewal will be based on progress reports written by the trainee, mentor evaluations, and records of achievement (publications, presentations at conferences and meetings, awards). To apply for pre-doctoral support, you will need first to gain admission to an affiliated department or program (Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Gender Studies, Neuroscience, Medical Sciences, School of Public Health) and then to submit the CTRD application form. Preference will be given to more advanced students who have been admitted to candidacy and are affiliated with the training faculty, but unusually talented students at the beginning of their graduate careers will also be considered.

Complete applications and letters of recommendation for 2024-2025 predoctoral positions are due by 4PM on February 12, 2024.


To apply for a CTRD predoctoral fellowship you will need:

  1. A summary of your dissertation research (2-3 pages).
  • Discuss how being a CTRD trainee will further your research, training and/or career goals, and what special opportunities to conduct integrative research may become possible if you receive funding. You can upload a PDF. Please name your file so it is easily identifiable as yours.
  • Be sure to provide a brief description of how your research plan specifically applies to one of the explicit training foci of the CTRD (1) Developmental contributions to reproductive behavior; (2) Origins and expression of differences among the sexes; and (3) Interactions between sex, health, and disease.
  1. Supervision and Guidance.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your PI. NIH requires CTRD trainees be advised or co-advised by a member of the training faculty. One of the recommendation letters must come from the CTRD training faculty member who is advising or co-advising you. Please ask your two recommenders to send their letters to
  • Please ensure that your PI includes in their recommendation letter a statement that the resources for your dissertation research are available and a brief description of how the costs of your research will be supported (e.g., PI research grants, startup funds, research grants to the trainee, IU research funds, etc.).
  • Please include a statement assuring that your research conforms to all IU guidelines involving the use of live animals, human subjects, and biological safety as appropriate.

Predoctoral Application

All Trainees

The criteria for selection for postdoctoral positions will include academic record, letters of recommendation, and evidence of productive research experience, which may include presentations at scientific meetings, publications, and research grants. In addition, we will consider a brief plan of research.

All trainees will be expected to participate in the core elements of the program. Examples are enrollment in core courses, pursuing training in research ethics, spending time with visiting lecturers, presenting at the Animal Behavior Research Conference, serving as models for younger students, and participating in a common forum for discussion. We will expect regular attendance at CTRD events, which will occur in collaboration with the Animal Behavior Program, Kinsey Institute, and other participating departments/programs.

All applicants will be given equal consideration regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity. In addition, special efforts will be made to increase the diversity of our trainees. Trainees must be citizens, non-citizen nationals or permanent residents of the US. For more about our commitment to diversity, please visit our diversity statement.

Apply to IU

Prospective graduate students not currently enrolled at Indiana University must apply for admission to the university through the graduate program of their choice. An online application system is available through the University Graduate School; select “Admissions” from the menu on the graduate school page and follow the link for applying online. (Direct link:

Additional information about graduate applications is available from the primary degree-granting units associated with this training grant.