OSU Music Cognition Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

Department of Psychology

The Ohio State University maintains an ongoing post-doctoral fellowship program in the field of music cognition.

The post-doctoral Music Cognition Fellowship program at The Ohio State University is designed to offer advanced research experience and training in music perception and cognition. Two post-doctoral fellows are supported, one in psychology and one in music. The fellowships are designed to further a candidate's training and experience in research concerned with a variety of aspects of music cognition (perception, performance, modeling, etc.). These awards are part of a larger program to enhance the study of music cognition at the Ohio State University.

Two post-doctoral fellows are supported, one in psychology and one in music. This document describes only the position sponsored by the Department of Psychology. A separate document describes the position sponsed by the School of Music.


Individuals who have held the doctorate for no more than seven years, and who will possess the doctorate before the first day of the post-doctoral fellowship tenure, are eligible to apply. Applications from individuals whose primary training is in neither music nor psychology are welcome with the provision that their background fits well with relevant research interests in music cognition at Ohio State. International scholars are encouraged to apply, but must prove eligibility for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service J1 visa.

In the Department of Psychology, fellows are eligible for reappointment for a maximum of 2-3 years of support; the norm is a one-to-two year appointment with three year appointments awarded only in special circumstances.


People in the following categories are ineligible for the fellowship:

Stipend and Date of Appointment

The stipend paid by each Music Cognition Fellowship for a twelve-month period is ~$27,000. The appointment is for not less than nine months. The fellowship typically commences the first day of September of the award year, although special arrangements for alternative appointment dates are possible.

Health Care Benefits

Post-doctoral Fellows are covered under the University's health insurance plan. Fellows may choose one of several options under this plan, each of which requires a different monthly premium. The University pays the major portion of this monthly premium. Fellows make a small contribution (typically less than $100), usually by direct monthly payroll deduction. Full descriptions and costs of the various options are contained in written materials available from the Office of Human Resources-Benefits and from the Handbook for Postdoctoral Scholars published by the OSU Graduate School.

Letter of Application

Postdoctoral fellows will normally work under the supervision of either Mari Riess Jones or Caroline Palmer.

Applications should include a cover letter (not to exceed three pages) and supporting documents (see below). The cover letter should include detailed information about the candidate, the proposed OSU faculty sponsor (or sponsors) and specifics of the research program that the candidate intends to pursue in collaboration with the sponsor(s). The letter should also clarify the candidate's skills, credentials, and training as well as her/his professional goals. Applicants are encouraged to contact OSU faculty prior to submitting their applications.

Material to be Supplied

Four copies of the letter of application and one copy of all other supporting material must be received by the Fellowship Awards Committee by the deadline date (see below). The following items are to be supplied:

Candidate's Application Letter (2 copies):

A three-page application letter that includes a brief description of the candidate's background, training, and recent scholarship; a research plan developed by the candidate that specifies a project which combines the candidate's interests and skills with the expertise of a proposed OSU sponsor (that is, the faculty member(s) with whom the candidate may most closely affiliate); a specified starting date of appointment; a specific statement that the application is for the Music Cognition post-doctoral program in the Department of Psychology or the School of Music; and an indication of the desired tenure of the fellowship (12 or 24 months) (Note that reappointments differ for psychology and music fellowships, but in both departments reappointments are unusual and contingent on outstanding progress.)

Supporting Documentation (1 copy each):

A complete curriculum vitae, including indication of special awards, honors; an official grade transcript (sent by the university conferring the doctorate) showing the award of a doctorate (or anticipated award date: in this case, an updated transcript must be submitted prior to appointment); reprints of any scholarly publications; and three letters of recommendation from persons outside of The Ohio State University.


The Fellowship Awards Committee will begin its selection process on May 1st of the academic year preceding the fellowship appointment. The application deadline for the next Psychology Post-doctoral Fellowship is May 1, 2002. Applications and all supporting documentation should have arrived by that date to insure full consideration by the committee. Please address all materials to:

Cognitive Experimental Program
Music Cognition Group
Department of Psychology, 142 Townshend Hall
1885 Neil Avenue
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1222

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