Postdoctoral Program

Training at Lerner

Getting Started

We’re here to support your development and career growth. Our Research Education & Training Center and your department administrator will guide you as you begin your postdoctoral fellowship at Lerner. As a sustaining member of the National Postdoc Association, we have the resources and tools available for you to be successful, including a 90 day training plan.

International Trainee Support

Our Research Education & Training Center is here to support you during your transition to the United States through visa support and programming such as the Conversational English Program. Please contact us if you have questions about your status.

Conversational English Program

Our conversational English program pairs international trainees with coaches to improve English skills and learn more about US culture.


Cleveland Clinic can help find housing accommodations that best fit your needs.

Student Housing Program

Institutional Awards

We offer multiple institutional awards that recognize postdoctoral fellows for their excellence in research, including:

  • Postdoctoral Fellows Awards for Excellence, rewarding first authors of highly-significant articles
  • F. Merlin Bumpus Junior Investigator Award, highlighting excellence in research by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in both basic and clinical research
  • Lower Award, encouraging original investigation and professional excellence related to scientific papers
  • Tarazi Fellowship Award, recognizing papers that make an outstanding contribution to cardiovascular research
  • Cleveland Clinic Association Alumni Travel Award, providing funds for trainees presenting at nationally recognized scientific meetings

Current trainees: visit the intranet for more information.

Certificate Programs

Our Research Education & Training Center provides the opportunity to further develop skills in specialized areas, established by experts in each field. Earn a certificate in one of the following areas over two-years:

  • Running Your Own Laboratory
  • Innovation, Industry, and Business
  • Scientific Writing and Grants Management
  • Teaching and Education

LEADERS Seminar Series

The Lerner Experience in Advanced Development of Education and Research Skills (LEADERS) seminar series provides training on a variety of topics to enrich the trainee experience. Past seminars have included:

  • Bioinformatics & Biostatistics
  • Grant Writing
  • Mentoring Younger Trainees
  • Professional Communication
  • Starting a Lab
  • Funding Opportunities
  • And more!

Extramural Funding

Lerner offers services to help postdoctoral fellows in successfully obtaining extramural funding. Our Office of Research Development can assist with pre-award activities related to finding funding opportunities and for proposal development and editing. Additionally, the office offers grant writing education and training, as well as resources to help with the grant writing process.

Current trainees: visit the intranet for more information.

Networking Opportunities

We collaborate with and offer opportunities to network with local universities and health and technology business.

Research Education & Training Center

Our Research Education Training & Center is dedicated to supporting postdoctoral fellows and graduate students excel in their roles through sharing knowledge, programming and individualized interactions. Have a question? Contact us.

Lerner Postdoctoral Association

Our Lerner Postdoctoral Association provides programming and resources to promote a well-rounded and productive postdoctoral experience. We work closely with the Research Education & Training Center to supplement scientific training with opportunities for professional growth, career development and networking. Join us for scientific seminars, training sessions, volunteer opportunities, social outings and more! Maximize your experience at Lerner and get involved with our thriving postdoc community.

Connect with Us

The Lerner Postdoctoral Association and Alumni Network on LinkedIn is a group of current and former postdoctoral fellows, research scholars and graduate students at Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute. We share opportunities for career development, networking and highlighting our scientific achievements.