BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship

BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship


Application Due Date: September 21st, 2020

Expected Award Start Date: January 4th, 2021


The BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship is an internal funding mechanism and recognition for outstanding postdoctoral researchers at the University of Arizona who are engaging in multi-disciplinary research projects aligned with the foci of the BIO5 Institute. These grants are specifically designed to support and enhance the independent research goals of BIO5 postdoctoral researchers, showcase their research at a BIO5 Research Symposium via short talks and/or poster sessions, and to facilitate a “forward thinking” mindset by requiring each fellow to form a three-member mentoring committee that will help in grant applications, career advice, and job talk preparations by providing funds for additional research training or experience pertinent to their current postdoctoral appointments.


Applicants must (a) be no more than five years since earning a doctoral degree, (b) have a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRA) appointment through a principal investigator in BIO5 at the time the application is submitted, and (c) have been a postdoctoral scholar at the UArizona for at least 6 months as of January 2nd 2021 (start date on or before July 2nd 2020) [for postdoctoral scholars who do not hold a PRA appointment, please inquire about eligibility before submitting materials by emailing], and (d) be in good standing with the University of Arizona (i.e. safety training and ethics training up to date).

The following are examples of activities that are allowable for support under the BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship mechanism:

  • Funds to attend a professional development workshop or webinar to gain additional research training not available on campus
  • Funds to travel to another institution to learn a new research technique or approach
  • Funds to travel to a conference relevant to the postdoctoral fellow’s research
  • Funds for a research project under the primary postdoctoral mentor

Review Criteria

  • Reviews will be based on:
  • Overall merit of the proposal for enhancing the applicant’s research skills
  • Strength of advancement of applicant’s independence and career goals
  • Described mentoring plan
  • Mentor’s letter of support


  • Narrative: 800-word maximum, that explains:
    • The proposed research training or project (nature, duration, logistics, etc.) that the      funds will be used to support;
    • How the research training or project will enhance your independence;
    • How successful completion of the research training or project will advance your career;
    • Suggested mentoring plan, which includes the mentoring committee members and their potential contribution to your research/career.

Note that proposals should be written for a general scientific audience. Avoid use of technical language when possible so that reviewers from a broad range of disciplines can understand the content.

  • Biosketch: use NSF, NIH, or agency style suitable to your area of research.
  • Letter of Support from applicant’s primary UArizona postdoctoral mentor. The letter must include confirmation of the PRA through the full period of the BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • Budget (up to $5,000 request) and budget justification for items such as:
    • Workshop / Conference registration fee
    • Travel expenses (airfare, lodging, meals)
    • Software or hardware (as allowable by UArizona policy)
    • Society dues (as allowable by UArizona policy)
    • Supplies

Note that the budget may be adjusted based on the valuation and availability of funds.

Apply here

Expected Outcomes

 Awardees are expected to have met with their mentoring committee before July 2nd, 2021. Award recipients must provide a summary of their mentoring committee discussion (250-350 words) by August 2nd, 2021. This summary should include future career plans and a list of intra- and extramural funding applications being pursued. Additionally, BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to present their research at a BIO5 Research Symposium in the year of the awarded fellowship. Awardees are also required to provide a summary of the year’s progress related to the award due February 1st, 2022.

Proposal preparation, submission, and processing information is available in the RDI Proposal Preparation Guide (PPG). The PPG includes requirements for the project narrative and supplemental documents; it is strongly encouraged that interested applicants read the PPG in full. Solicitation specific information below supersedes information presented in the PPG.


Upcoming Information Session

September 8th, 2020 10 AM Via Zoom