Funding Opportunities for Postdoctoral Scholars
Reproduced from Harvard Funding Opportunities
Below is a listing of notable funding opportunities available to postdoctoral scholars.
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers unrestricted; Rolling
A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows long-term research (6-24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host. Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation online at any time.
American Association of University Women (AAUW): Fellowships varies by fellowship November (American); December (International)
The American Postdoctoral Fellowship (U.S. citizenship required) supports women in higher education; International Fellowships (citizenship unrestricted) are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women in graduate and postgraduate studies.
American Cancer Society: Postdoctoral Fellowships U.S. citizenship or permanent residency 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).
Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral FellowshipU.S. citizenship or permanent residency; September
This invited program supports post-PhD postdoctoral scholars who have the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, and to assist in their transition from "mentored yet independent" postdoctoral projects to an independent, tenure-track position.
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships unrestricted; September
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada's economic, social and research based growth. The program funds the following areas of research: health, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities.
Beckman Institute: Postdoctoral Fellows Program U.S. citizenship or eligibility for J-1 visa sponsorship; November
The program supports recent PhDs or students in their final year of doctoral study in the following fields: behavioral and biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, or physics. The fellowship appointment lasts for up to three years and provides an annual stipend of $54,000, plus benefits and a research budget.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: NARSAD Young Investigator Grants unrestricted; February
These grants enable young investigators conducting neurobiological research 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.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Awards for Medical Scientists U.S. or Canadian citizens, permanent or temporary residents; October
This award supports physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are not eligible.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Awards at the Scientific Interface U.S. or Canadian citizens, permanent or temporary resident. Pre-proposal: September; Full Proposal: January
These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/ mathematical/ computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Postdoctoral Enrichment ProgramU.S. or Canadian citizenship; January
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.
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship Award unrestricted; foreign nationals may apply to do their research only in the U.S.; 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. Awards are made to institutions for the support of the Fellow under direct supervision of the Sponsor. Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible.
EMBO Long-Term Fellowships unrestricted; February, August
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. Applications to go to the country in which the PhD was obtained will not be considered.
Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Grants U.S. citizenship required; Various announced February
Postdoctoral/early career grants are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees – typically within the five previous years. 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.
Graduate Women in Science: National Fellowship Program unrestricted; January
This program offers fellowships to help increase knowledge in the fundamental sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women.
HHMI: Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program unrestricted citizenship; must hold appointment at lab in U.S.; February
Seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruitment and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and, if eligible, in their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.
Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie: Individual Fellowships-Global Fellowships unrestricted; September
Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers of any nationality, for employment in EU Member States or Associated Countries. It is based on an application made jointly by the researcher and the beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sectors.
Human Frontier Science Program: Postdoctoral Fellowships unrestricted; August
Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline, who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work. Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. from outside the life sciences (e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences), who have had limited exposure to biology during their previous training.
James S. McDonnell Foundation: Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems unrestricted; June
This Postdoctoral Fellowship supports PhD students within 18 months of anticipated completion of graduate training. It provides $200,000 expended in no less than 2 and no more than 3 years. Proposals furthering the science of complex systems and/or proposals intending to apply complex system tools and models to problems where such approaches are not yet considered usual or mainstream are appropriate.
Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research unrestricted; foreign nationals must hold a position in the U.S. and U.S. citizens may hold a position in either the U.S. or a foreign country; February
The JCC Fund works for the furtherance of research into the causes, origin, and treatment of cancer. Applicants in general should not have more than one year of postdoctoral experience and MDs should not have received their degree more than three years from the date the application is due. Applicants must hold either the MD degree or the PhD degree in the field in which they propose to study or furnish evidence of equivalent training and experience.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) unrestricted; September, April (Standard); October, January, April, June (Short Term)
To promote international scientific cooperation, the JSPS encourages highly qualified researchers from around the world to come to and conduct joint research activities with colleagues at Japanese universities and research institutes. JSPS offers five postdoctoral fellowship programs, each with different eligibility requirements.
L'Oreal Women in Science Fellowship U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; February
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.
Life Sciences Research Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowships non-U.S. citizens must work in a U.S. laboratory; October
The Foundation supports fellows in the life sciences. Individuals who have held a PhD or MD degree for more than 5 years at the time of application are not eligible for an LSRF fellowship.
National Institutes of Health: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32)U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; December, April, August
The purpose of this award is to support promising applicants during their mentored postdoctoral training under the guidance of outstanding faculty sponsors.
National Science Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowships citizenship requirements vary by program.
Programs provide either direct (i.e., from NSF) or indirect (i.e., from an awardee institution) funding for students at the postdoctoral level or identify programs that focus on educational developments such as curricula development, training or retention.
National Science Foundation: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology U.S. citizenship required; 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.
National Science Foundation: SBE Postdoctoral Research FellowshipsU.S. citizenship required; 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.
NIH Pathways to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00) unrestricted; October, February, June
This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers.
Schlumberger Foundation: Faculty of the Future unrestricted; November
This program supports outstanding women from developing countries in their pursuit of advanced graduate studies in engineering, science, and technology at leading universities worldwide.
Simons Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowships The Simons Foundation supports scholars working to advance research in basic science and mathematics. Please visit the Foundation’s website for information on the latest Fellowship competition and focus area.
Susan G. Komen Postdoctoral Fellowships unrestricted; July (LOI); November (full proposal)
PDF Grants seek to attract and support promising scientists embarking on careers dedicated to breast cancer research and who have no more than 3 years post-completion of their most recent clinical fellowship, 5 years post-completion of their most recent residency (for physicians), or 5 years post-completion of their most recent Ph.D.
The Company of Biologists: Traveling Fellowships unrestricted; February, May, August, November
The Company of Biologists' journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, The Journal of Experimental Biology, and Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM) – offer fellowships of up to £2,500 or currency equivalent to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories. These are designed to offset the cost of travel and other expenses.
The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Foreign citizens are eligible if they intend to work in a laboratory within the United States; June
The Foundation supports early postdoctoral research training in all basic biomedical sciences. Eligible candidates may have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the deadline for submitting the application.
Health Resources in Action: Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program unrestricted; February
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 the basic sciences and clinical and health services research.
The UNESCO Fellowships Programmes Varies by program Varies by programFellowships are specially tailored training which are designed to give qualified persons practicing or intending to practice a profession in the field of the UNESCO programme priorities an opportunity to receive additional and practical training, thus contributing to the advancement and circulation of knowledge and skill promoting development and international understanding.
The Wenner-Gren Foundation: Post-Ph.D. Research Grants unrestricted; November, May
Grants support 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 Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; November
The program supports scholars devoted to academic research at both the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at either Penn or CHOP. Candidates from the STEM fields are encouraged. Successful candidates will receive mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university.
Travel Awards for FASEB Summer Research Conferences U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; at least 3 weeks prior to the selected conference.
There are approximately forty FASEB conferences which meet for five days during the summer period (June-August) on topics in biomedical research. Travel Award applicants must be full-time underrepresented academic non-tenured junior faculty/research scientists, postdoctoral fellows or advanced graduate students who reside within the U.S. or U.S. territories.
UNCF Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; TBD
Fellowships are intended to provide support to African American post-graduate students to obtain postdoctoral training and to prepare for a career in biomedical research.