Professorial Advancement Initiative

The Pennsylvania State University along with the other Big10 Academic Insitutions has received an National Science Foundation (NSF) Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Transformation grant, Professorial Advancement Initiative or PAI.

The goal of the PAI is to develop a high-quality mentoring network that will improve the transition of underrepresented minority (URM) postdoctoral scholars into the professoriate in the STEM disciplines and double the number of URM faculty members hired at Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions. The PAI is designed to prepare and train URM postdoctoral scholars in STEM disciplines for transition to tenure track faculty positions within our institutions.

Through this grant, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has been able to enable URM postdocs get additional professional development and mentoring  at Penn State.

If you are a postdoctoral researcher at Penn State who fits the criteria, please contact

More details about the grant, administration, partipating members can be found here.