Post Doctorate Program

Kesmonds International University (KIU)

(PHD, DBA, DTh. DEd. DSc.)

A postdoctoral researcher or postdoc is a person professionally conducting research after the completion of their doctoral studies (typically a PhD, DSc, DBA, DEd., DTh.). The ultimate goal of a postdoctoral research position is to pursue additional research, training, or teaching in order to have better skills to pursue a career in academia, research, or any other field. Postdocs often, but not always, have a temporary academic appointment, sometimes in preparation for an academic faculty position. They continue their studies or carry out research and further increase expertise in a specialist subject, including integrating a team and acquiring novel skills and research methods. Postdoctoral research is often considered essential while advancing the scholarly mission of the host institution; it is expected to produce relevant publications in peer-reviewed academic journals or conferences. In some countries, postdoctoral research may lead to further formal qualifications or certification, while in other countries, it does not.

Postdoctoral research may be funded through an appointment with a salary or an appointment with a stipend or sponsorship award. Appointments for such a research position may be called postdoctoral research fellow, postdoctoral research associate, or postdoctoral research assistant. Postdoctoral researchers typically work under the supervision of a principal investigator. In many English-speaking countries, postdoctoral researchers are colloquially referred to as “postdocs”.

What is a KIU Postdoc?

In many fields, a postdoc is the de facto next step on the academic career path after earning a PhD, DBA, DSc. DEd., DTh. (hence the name.) A postdoc is a temporary position that allows a PhD to continue their training as a researcher and gain skills and experience that will prepare them for their academic career. Most postdoc positions are at a university or in industry, but there some postdocs positions at nonprofits and in government. While the vast majority of postdocs work in STEM fields, these types of positions are becoming more common in social sciences and the humanities.  

What Does a KIU Postdoc Do?

A KIU postdoc is primarily a researcher who works under the supervision of a mentor as part of a larger research group. As such, they conduct research, either on a pre-specified project or one of their own design and publish that research. At the same time, a postdoc is meant to prepare young researchers to become principal investigators or junior faculty members, so they also take on senior responsibilities like mentoring, grant writing, and teaching.

How Long Are KIU Postdoc Positions?

At KIU, Postdoc positions go for duration of 3 to 5 years depending on the entry qualifications and years of experience. Generally postdoc admissions are for Ph.D., DBA, DSc. DTh. Holders plus 5 years of experience in a specific field. It is common to do more than one postdoc before applying for faculty positions. Some countries do limit the total number of years a person can work as a postdoc. For example, in Canada and Sweden, it is only possible to be a postdoc for five years total, while there is no limit on postdoc years in the US.

How Are Postdocs Funded?

Postdoc positions can be funded in several ways. Some postdocs are salaried employees of a university, institution, or company. Other times they are paid a stipend from a grant, fellowship, or scholarship. In some countries, the name of the position indicates the funding source. In the UK for example, a postdoctoral assistant works on a project developed for and funded by a grant awarded, while a postdoctoral fellow is awarded their own fellowship giving them a larger say in the scope of their project. Your KIU onsite and Distance Research program will be a custom-made program, designed just for you by you and your advisor. This flexibility to meet your needs is seldom found in other distance research programs.


The goal of the postdoctoral program is to create opportunities to share the innovative research with the world through publishing your research. You will explore ways to publish your findings to contribute to your community. Postdoctoral study at Kesmonds International University creates a unique opportunity for you, the Scholar, to develop innovative research in one of our three schools; Business and Economics, Social and Human Studies or Science and Engineering that is geared towards the 2030 UNESCO goals for sustainable development. The goal of the postdoctoral program is not only to train and research but also to make significant contributions to your life as well as the university’s educational and research missions.


  • Provide a copy of your doctoral degree or foreign equivalent
  • Has a research topic to be developed throughout the program or to accept topics that KIU defines
  • Has a funding source for the investigation whether self-financed or investor


KIU provides a Postdoctoral grant for scholars put towards the program if the research proposal (contingent on approval of research). In addition, you may search for fellowships and funding in our platform that connects students with our large international alumni network on KIU LinkedIn.


Our yearly symposium allows our postdoctoral scholars to share the innovative research they are developing as well as network with our KIU Community. The goals of our symposium are:

  • Communicate your research
  • Explore the diversity of our postdoctoral research

• Connect with other postdoctoral scholars

Admission Requirements

The following are requirements for admission to the KIU PhD Program (additional requirements are specific to your major or field of study):

  • Admissions Application form available online. (click here)
  • A brief curriculum vitae that provides an overview of education, work, publication, and other professional activities.
  • A master’s degree from a recognized program, or the equivalent.
  • Additionally, applicants may be required to submit one or more of the following to determine their eligibility.
  • Sufficient references from persons in the professional and academic communities. The Committee on Doctoral Studies may, on occasion, require additional references.
  • At least one example of scholarly research or professional writing in any format (print or electronic). The student should describe fully any published or unpublished research, thesis, contributions to the professional or scholarly literature, and other professional or academic experience relevant to an assessment of his or her capacity to pursue doctoral study successfully.
  • Poof of funding


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