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Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunties

Below is a selection of fellowships that support postdoctoral fellows. Please note that several of them have specific citizenship requirements. Before applying, we encourage you to contact our Research Development Office that provides support in identifying the best funding opportunity and writing the application.

Sponsor opportunity Deadline Overview Citizenship requirement
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Application cycle deadlines for the NASA Postdoctoral Program are March 1, July 1 and November 1, annually.Currently, the Astrobiology Program accepts applications only during the March and November rounds, and does not consider applications submitted during the July round. The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers unique research opportunities to highly-talented US and non-US scientists to engage in ongoing NASA research projects at a NASA Center, NASA Headquarters, or at a NASA-affiliated research institute. These one- to three-year Fellowship appointments are competitive and are designed to advance NASA’s missions in space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, and astrobiology. An applicant must have U.S. citizenship, Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, or the Exchange Visitor J-1 Visa (research scholar only) before beginning the fellowship. An H-1B status is not acceptable. You are eligible to apply for the NPP while holding the F-1 status.
National Institutes of Health The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) Letter of Intent: due 30 days before the application due date; Application: February 22 The purpose of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students recognized by their institutions for their high potential and strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The award will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful cancer research postdoctoral appointments, and provide opportunities for career development activities relevant to their long-term career goals of becoming independent cancer researchers An applicant may be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States, have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status), or be a non-U.S. citizen with a valid U.S. visa.
NIH Director's Early Independence Award Letter of Intent: August 27; Application: September 27 This award supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research essentially directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Applications are welcome from individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives and in any topic of relevance to the broad mission of NIH. The NIH Director's Early Independence Award is a component of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program of the NIH Common Fund. No citizenship requirement for PDs/PIs. For applications submitted on behalf of non-U.S. citizens with temporary U.S. visas, visa status must allow the PD/PI to conduct the proposed research at the applicant institution.
AHRQ-sponsored National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) April, August, December; expires August 9, 2022 The purpose of this individual postdoctoral research training fellowship is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in health services research, with a research interest in areas and priorities relevant to the mission of AHRQ.   Citizen or permanent resident
NINDS Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Training of Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) April, August, December; expires September 8, 2019 The purpose of this award is to support outstanding scientific training of highly promising postdoctoral candidates with outstanding mentors. Candidates are eligible to apply for support from this program from ~12 months prior to the start of the proposed postdoctoral position to within 12 months after starting in postdoctoral position.  Based on the early timeframe of eligibility, and the discouragement of inclusion of preliminary data, this NINDS F32 seeks to foster early, goal-directed planning and to encourage applications for bold and/or innovative projects by the candidate that have the potential for significant impact. Applications are expected to incorporate strong training in quantitative reasoning and the quantitative principles of experimental design and analysis. Support by this program is limited to the first 3 years of a candidate's activity in a specific laboratory or research environment, so as to further encourage early fellowship application and timely completion of "mentored training" of the postdoctoral candidate in a single environment. Citizen or permanent resident
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32) April, August, December; expires May 8, 2019 The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral fellowship is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Citizen of permanent resident
NIDCD Research Dissertation Fellowship for Au.D. Audiologists (F32) April, August, October; expires May 8, 2019 The purpose of the NIDCD Research Dissertation Fellowship for Au.D. Audiologists (F32) program is to support a comprehensive, rigorous biomedical research training, and dissertation research leading to a research doctorate (i.e., Ph.D.) in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences. Citizen or permanent resident

Non-NIH Postdoctoral Opportunities, maintained by NIH, see website.
Sponsor opportunity Deadline Overview Citizenship requirement
NSF SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships November 1, 2017, October 9, 2018, second Tuesday in October The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to encourage independence early in the Fellow's career through supporting his or her research and training goals. The research and training plan of each Fellowship must address important scientific questions within the scope of the SBE Directorate and the specific guidelines in this solicitation. The SPRF program offers two tracks: (I) Fundamental Research in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-FR) and (II) Broadening Participation in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-BP). See the full text of the solicitation for a detailed description of these tracks. Citizen or permanent resident
NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) October 18, 2017; Third Wednesday in October The purpose of the Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) is to support future leaders in mathematics and statistics by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development. There are two options for awardees: Research Fellowship and Research Instructorship. Awards will support research in areas of mathematics and statistics, including applications to other disciplines. Citizen or permanent resident
NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) November 7, 2017; First Tuesday in November The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology. The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site. For FY 2015 and beyond, these BIO programs are (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Under-represented in Biology, (2) Research Using Biological Collections, and (3) National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. These areas change periodically as new scientific and infrastructure opportunities present themselves. For this reason, this solicitation will be changed as necessary to reflect the areas being funded Citizen or permanent resident
NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF) October 25, 2017; Fourth Wednesday in October The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to recent recipients of doctoral degrees to carry out an integrated program of independent research and professional development. Fellowship proposals must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplines and must align with the overall theme for the postdoctoral program. The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice (including institutions abroad). The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with research experience, mentorship, and training that will establish them in leadership positions in the Earth Sciences community. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their career, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of EAR postdoctoral fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows. Citizen or permanent resident
NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF) October 11, 2017; Second Wednesday in October NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly qualified, recent doctoral scientists to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. Fellows may engage in observational, instrumental, theoretical, laboratory or archival data research in any area of astronomy or astrophysics, in combination with a coherent educational plan for the duration of the fellowship. The program supports researchers for a period of up to three years with fellowships that may be taken to eligible host institution(s) of their choice. The program is intended to recognize early-career investigators of significant potential and to provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in positions of distinction and leadership in the community. Citizen or permanent resident
NSF/FDA Scholar-in-Residence at FDA Any time The National Science Foundation (NSF), through the Directorate for Engineering's Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), through its Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) have established the NSF/FDA Scholar-inResidence Program at FDA. This program comprises an interagency partnership for the investigation of scientific and engineering issues concerning emerging trends in medical device technology. This partnership is designed to enable investigators in science, engineering, and mathematics to develop research collaborations within the intramural research environment at the FDA. This solicitation features four flexible mechanisms for support of research at the FDA: 1) Faculty at FDA; 2) Graduate Student Fellowships; 3) Postdoctoral Fellowships; and, 4) Undergraduate Student Research Experiences. Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States unknown
EMBO Long-Term Fellowships February, August The EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key feature in the application process.  unrestricted
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers Rolling Supports 6 to 24 months research stay in Germany unrestricted
AAUW American Fellowships November Women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks  
AAUW International Fellowships December International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.  
Afya Bora Fellowship in Global Health Leadership December The Afya Bora Fellowship in Global Health Leadership works to fill an identified gap in training for African and U.S. health professionals. This innovative 12-month fellowship will prepare African and U.S. health professionals to lead and manage major health programs in African countries.  
L'Oreal USA for Women in Science fellowship program February From life-saving vaccines to sustainable energy development, science is making the world better for everyone. We know that jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are the jobs of tomorrow, but today, women only make up 24 percent of STEM workers in the United States, only 14 percent of the country's engineers and 27 percent of computer science professionals. Without appropriate female representation, the potential STEM innovations of tomorrow will be missing half of the talent in our world. US Citizen or permanent resident
American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowships October 16, 2017; general: October, April This award is to support the training of researchers who have received a doctoral degree to provide initial funding leading to an independent career in cancer research (including basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, epidemiology, health services and health policy research). Awards may be for three years with progressive stipends of $48,000, $50,000, and $52,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year fellowship allowance (an additional $1,500 is added to the fellowship allowance in the last year to attend the ACS Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium or a domestic scientific meeting). Depending on availability of special endowment funds, the Society annually selects one or more of the top-ranked fellowships to be supplemented above the standard stipend. Citizen or permanent resident
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation March, August The Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention.
Candidates must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a Sponsor—a scientist (tenured, tenure-track or equivalent position) capable of providing mentorship to the Fellow. In addition to aiding in the planning, execution and supervision of the proposed research, the Sponsor's role is to foster the development of the Fellow's overall knowledge, technical and analytical skills, and capacity for scientific inquiry. The Sponsor is also expected to assist the Fellow in attaining his/her career goals.
Awards are made to institutions for the support of the Fellow under direct supervision of the Sponsor.
Unrestricted; research has to be performed in the US
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship Check Spring 2018 The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award Program supports postdoctoral scholars with the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, to assist in their transition from "mentored yet independent" postdoctoral projects to an independent, tenure-track position. These individuals are expected to become the next generation of leaders and innovators in science, engineering, and technology. Citizen or permanent resident
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship 20-Sep-17 Health Research, Natural sciences and/or engineering, social sciences and/or humanities Canadian citizens; permanent residents of Canada; foreign citizens
Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards August Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degree - typically within the five previous years. Scholars are eligible to apply if they will complete the requirements for their doctoral (or equivalent) degree by February 1, 2018, unless otherwise specified in the award description. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences. These grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. Citizens
Life Sciences Research Foundation September We believe that discoveries and application of innovations in biology for the public's good depends upon the training and support of the highest quality young scientists. Every year our selection committee of renowned scientists identify the top 5% of applicants from an international pool of more than 1000 postdoctoral applicants. Once chosen, the LSRF collaborates with current and potential sponsors to match them with fellows with similar research interests. In 2015, thirty of these remarkable young scientists were matched with sponsors to support their research. Yet even now many excellent scientists remain unfunded. Must work in US lab
Helen Hay Whitney Foundation early postdoctoral research fellowships June The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation supports early postdoctoral research training in all basic biomedical sciences.
To attain its ultimate goal of increasing the number of imaginative, well-trained and dedicated medical scientists, the Foundation grants financial support of sufficient duration to help further the careers of young men and women engaged in biological or medical research.
Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program February Established in 1936, the Charles A. King Trust was created to "support and promote the investigation of human disease and the alleviation of human suffering through improved treatment." In keeping with these principles, the King Trust today supports postdoctoral fellows in Basic Science and Clinical/Health Services Research.  
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship Program January Basic Research Fellowship Grants are two year, $100,000 grants supporting postdoctoral fellows conducting brain tumor research. Fellows must include a lead mentor who currently conducts brain tumor research at the same academic institution in an effort to provide research, scientific management and other leadership guidance necessary to foster the applicant's career advancement. unrestricted
NARSAD Young Investigator Grant January - February The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two-year awards up to $70,000, or $35,000 per year are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or child and adolescent mental illnesses. No restriction
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards for Medical Scientists 3-Oct-17 The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.  US/Canadian citizens, permanent/temporary residents
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program 15-Oct-17 The Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research. US/Canadian citizens
Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research February The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research (known colloquially as the JCC Fund) was established in 1937 for the purpose of supporting research into the causes and treatment of cancer. The Fund has taken a broad approach to the study of cell growth and development, emphasizing the study of the basic biology and chemistry of the underlying processes. The Fund has increasingly focused its resources on the funding of three-year postdoctoral Fellowships, supporting Fellows selected by its Board of Scientific Advisers from among the best young scientists at what is often a critical stage in their careers. As a result, there have been over 1,600 Jane Coffin Childs Fellows doing basic cancer-related research in laboratories in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. Applicants may be citizens of any country, but for foreign nationals awards will be made only for study in the United States. American citizens may hold a fellowship either in the United States or in a foreign country.
The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging   Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging distinguishes itself from other postdoctoral fellowship programs by providing full-time research training and flexible and portable grant support to senior postdoctoral fellows - those with at least 3 and not more than 6 years of prior postdoctoral training - providing leverage to negotiate for junior faculty appointments and independent research programs either at their own or other institutions.

Translational research, in the broadest sense, is defined as a systematic effort to convert basic research knowledge into practical applications to improve human health and well-being. This program will support Type 1 translational aging research, i.e. basic science discoveries that are moved into clinically-relevant findings. Type 2 translational research, such as projects that are strictly clinical in nature, are not eligible. Studies should use one or more of the following models:

  • Human subjects
  • Human cells and tissues
  • Mice or other mammals
Programs using other types of models (i.e. yeast, invertebrates, etc.) will only be considered when there is a compelling justification that these studies may be directly relevant to human health and aging.
Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowhip Program for Translational Research on Aging   The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, in partnership with the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), created the Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging to encourage and further the careers of postdoctoral fellows, who are uniquely capable of translating advances in basic research from the laboratory to the clinic. The award is intended to provide significant research and training support to permit these postdoctoral fellows to become established in the field of aging.  
Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program January HHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. We know that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, early in their careers. We believe these promising scientists have the potential to become leaders in academic research and inspire future generations.  
Wenner-Gren Foundation Post-Ph.D. Research Grants May, November Post-Ph.D. Research Grants are awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.  

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