Scholars may study any groups of organisms, at levels from genes to populations to communities to ecosystems, and may use any combination of approaches. Scholars will:

  • conduct cutting-edge research over three years;
  • have access to the outstanding core facilities at UT, including field stations, natural history collections, computational, imaging, and biomolecular facilities;
  • reside locally and have a regular work space and presence on the main UT campus;
  • primarily focus on research, but in one of the three years, also engage in two semesters of a  teaching or outreach effort related to their interests and career goals;
  • participate in biweekly meetings (luncheons) with other Stengl-Wyer Scholars, Fellows or guests; and
  • receive career mentorship.

Scholars are expected to be independent and propose their own research project. The project start date at UT should be between August 1, 2023 and September 30, 2023. Applicants should identify one or more faculty members from UT’s College of Natural Sciences(CNS) who will serve as a mentor as well as provide laboratory space to the Scholar. Scholars will be encouraged to interact broadly and collaborate with other faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at UT. 2023 Scholar recipients will receive the following:

  • $70,000 annual salary plus UT benefits
  • $10,000 annual allowance for research and travel expenses
  • Up to $3,000 relocation expenses



Eligible applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the projected start date and must not have exceeded 20 months in a full-time postdoctoral position at the time of application deadline. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposed projects broaden the scope of research in CNS and are relevant to the Stengl-Wyer Endowment’s mission to explore the diversity of life and organisms in their natural environments. Additionally, preference will be given to applicants not already in residence at UT. Applicants who are non-US citizens or permanent residents must be eligible for J-1 Scholar visa status; the Stengl-Wyer Scholars program cannot support H-1B visa applications. CNS particularly encourages applications from individuals within populations traditionally underrepresented in our disciplines. Our goal is to provide all Scholars with an inclusive and supportive environment in which they may realize their intellectual potential.


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Start date: Flexible
Location: University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA