San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowship


SALSI Postdoc Application

The San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) is a collaborative partnership between UT Health San Antonio and the University of Texas at San Antonio. The mission of the Academy is to highlight research excellence at each institution and promote collaborative discovery.

As part of a SALSI commitment to the research-training pipeline, the SALSI Postdoctoral Scholar program supports a one-year postdoctoral fellowship for appointed postdoctoral fellows at UT Health San Antonio. This SALSI Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowship is administered by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) within the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR).

Linda M. McManus, PhD (

Program Support
Laura M. Moreno (

OPA Office
Academic and Administration Building (AAB)—Suite 120
Phone: 210.567.0397

2019-20 SALSI postdoc applications due date:  June 3, 2019 by 5 pm!


Application components should be prepared as PDF documents for upload.  This includes:

  • Applicant's Biosketch (NIH Fellowship Format)
  • Applicant's Other Support Form (See NIH Website)
  • Project Narrative
  • Research Mentor’s Biosketch (See NIH Website)
  • Research Mentor’s Other Support Form (See NIH Website)
  • Research Mentor’s  SF424 Table 5B (See NIH Website); this should include All Current and Prior Postdoctoral trainees; to provide outcomes of past and present postdoctoral trainees of the Research Mentor
  • Supervising Mentor's SF424 Table 8C, Part I (See NIH Website); this should include All Current and Prior Postdoctoral trainees; to provide outcomes of past and present postdoctoral trainees of the Research Mentor

In addition to the seven (7) items listed above, other application components include

  • An Abstract; to be typed into (or copy/pasted into) a field within the online application
  • Contact Information for individuals who will provide Letters of Reference. The online system will automatically generate an email request to each; letters must be submitted via a link provided by the online system.  At least three (3) Letters of Reference are required; one must be provided by the Research Mentor.

Application to the SALSI Postdoctoral Research Training Program includes:

  • An Abstract of the applicant’s well-articulated career goals and research plans (3100 characters including spaces).
  • NIH Fellowship Biosketch and Other Support Form.
  • A Narrative (up to 8 pages total - format: 1 inch margins, 11 point Arial font) with the following sections:
    • Personal section addressing the following:
      • Immediate and long-term career interests/goals, and how the SALSI Postdoc Research Training Program will contribute to their attainment.
      • Research and career development activities planned during award.
    • A research plan describing the proposed research project/plan. The research plan must include:
      • Specific Aims (one page)
      • Research Strategy
        • Significance
        • Innovation
        • Approach (including Hypotheses, Rationale, Preliminary Studies, Methods, and Data Analyses)
    • Cited literature (this is not included in the page limitation)
    • Letters from Consultants (if any; this is not included in the page limitation)
  • Contact information of Persons who will provide Letters of Reference: Contact information (name, title, email) for all persons who will submit a letter of recommendation.
  • Supporting Information from the Research Mentor and co-mentor if applicable, to include:
  • If the application includes a Research Co-Mentor, prepare the Biosketch, Other Support, Table 5B, and Table 8C (Part I) for this person also. In this case, prepare a single PDF document for each required component that contains information for both the Mentor and Co-Mentor. You will need to upload the single PDF document for each required component in the appropriate location of the online application.
  • The letter of support from the Research Mentor should address:
      • the applicant’s:
        • potential for a career in research;
        • capability to pursue the chosen research topic; and
        • research training plan and career development
      • the Research Mentor’s:
        • qualifications in the proposed research area; and
        • previous experience as a research mentor including a description of the nature and extent of supervision experience with pre-doctoral and/or postdoctoral trainees.
        • if the application includes a Co-Mentor, this person must provide a separate letter of support as well.
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    • Letters of recommendation should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and submitted electronically.
    • Letters of recommendation should address the SALSI Postdoctoral Fellowship Review Committee.
    • Letters of recommendation should address, at a minimum, their relationship to the applicant (the position on which they base their knowledge of the applicant) and the applicant’s background and potential for a career as an investigator in the selected specialty field. At least one of these letters must be from a UT Health SA faculty member.

Application Review and Selection of SALSI Postdoc Awardees:

  • The SALSI Postdoc Program will review applications for completeness.
  • The SALSI Postdoc Review Committee will comprehensively review all applications.
  • Qualified applicants will be selected on the basis of:
    • Evidence that research training will facilitate the applicant’s long-term research and career development goals.
    • Prior research training and accomplishments.
    • Support from the Research Mentor and/or Co-Mentor.
    • Recommendations from at least two independent references.
    • The scope and focus of the research and career development plan provided in the application. Specifically, how well will the SALSI Postdoc program activities help achieve the applicant’s well-articulated research and learning objectives.
  • The SALSI Postdoc Review Committee will evaluate applications for scientific and technical merit. The following factors will be considered during the review:
    • Quality of the Applicant
      • Quality of applicant's academic and research record
      • Potential to benefit from the research training program
      • Commitment to a career in research
      • Potential to become a successful investigator
    • Quality of Career Development Plans
      • Alignment of applicant's career development plan with prior and current research experience
      • Likelihood that career plans contribute substantially to the applicant’s scientific development and necessary skill acquisition to conduct investigations
    • Quality of Proposed Research
      • Scientific and technical merit of the research question, experimental design and methodology
      • Relevance of proposed research to the applicant's career objectives
      • Appropriateness of research plan to the stage of research development and as a vehicle for developing the research skills as described in the career development plan


  • The award is for 1 year at an annual salary of $47,476 plus benefits.
  • The award start date is September 1, 2019 and ends on August 31, 2020.



Past Awardees