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Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities at the UArizona

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Postdoctoral Job Opportunities at the UArizona

The best way to explore postdoctoral opportunities at the University of Arizona is to search for faculty who work in your area of interest and contact them directly.

Enter "Postdoctoral Research Associate" to search the UArizona Human Resources Career Track website for current listings.

Funding Opportunities in Alphabetical Order

sponsor DEadline
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships November 1st
ABF/AccessLex Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Legal & Higher Education January 15 2021
ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program January 15 2021
Air Force Science & Technology Fellowship Program February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships Ongoing
American Association of University Women Fellowships November 1, December 1
American Cancer Society: Postdoctoral Fellowships April 1, October 15
American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows No competition in 2021
American Council of Learned Societies Leading Edge Fellows January 20 2021
American Institute of Indian Studies – Senior Research Fellowships November 15 2021
APS Postdoctoral Fellowship April 15, 2021
Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship TBD
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships TBD
Beckman Institute: Postdoctoral Fellows Program TBD
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: NARSAD Young Investigator Grants TBD
Burroughs Welcome Fund: Career Awards at the Scientific Interface Pre-proposal Sept 1 2020/ application Jan 8 2021
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Awards for Medical Scientists TBD
Burroughs Welcome Fund: Postdoctoral Enrichment Program January 14, 2021
Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowships April 30 2021
CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program April 1, October 1 
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship Award March 15, 2021
Dartmouth Postdoctoral Fellows TBD
De Duve Institute Post-Doctoral Program in Belgium March 15, September 15
Environmental Fellows Program  January 11 2021
Future Faculty Career Exploration Program March 15 2021
Foundation for Women's Wellness April 26 2021
Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) Pre and Post-Doctoral Fellowship November 2021
Graduate Women in Science: National Fellowship Program January 11 2021
Health Resources in Action: Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral (Clinical) Research Fellowship Program March 3 2021
Harvard University An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships in Chinese Studies February 15 2021
HHMI: Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program TBD
Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship October 15 2021
Human Frontier Science Program: Postdoctoral Fellowships TBD
IASH Postdoctoral Fellowships April 30, 2021
Innovative Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (IPERF) Ongoing
Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program February 26, 2021
James S. McDonnell Foundation: Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems TBD
Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research February 1, 2021
Life Sciences Research Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowships TBD
L'Oreal Women in Science Fellowship TBD
NASA Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science March 29, 2021
National Academies Research Associateship Program February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1 2021
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Communications Fellowship February 26, 2021
National Geographic TBD
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Career Transition Fellowships TBD
National Science Foundation: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology TBD
National Science Foundation: SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships November 1 2021
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Deadlines vary by opportunity, TBD
NIH Blueprint D-SPAN Award (F99/K00) April 15, 2021
NIH Director’s Emergency Early Independence Awards TBD

ORISE postdoctoral fellowships and research opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Water, Energy, and the Environment at HBKU September 15 2021
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) TBD
Schlumberger Foundation: Faculty of the Future TBD
Regeneron Postdoctoral Training Program TBD
Science Policy Fellowship March 3, 2021
Sloan Research Fellowships TBD
Stanford Science Fellows Postdoctoral Training Program TBD
Susan G. Komen Postdoctoral Fellowships Varies (see website), TBD
The CHEST Foundation March 31, 2021
The Company of Biologists: Traveling Fellowships March 8, May 31, August 16, and October 18, 2021
The Mistletoe Research Fellowship TBD
The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program TBD
The Wenner-Gren Foundation: Post-Ph.D. Research Grants May 1, November 1
Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine February 4, 2021
TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Training Program TBD
University of Michigan President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program TBD
Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship June 2021
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Postdoctoral Program October 15, 2021
Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program March 31, 2021

Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities - Searchable Databases

Many searchable databases contain information about postdoctoral positions as well as grant and fellowships to help fund your research. 

  • Pivot - (formerly Community of Science) A source of public and private funding opportunities as related to research, collaborative activities, travel, curriculum development, conferences, fellowships, postdoctoral positions, and more. 

  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Extramural Support Database at UCLA (GRAPES) - Searchable database for graduate and postdoctoral opportunities with over 250 postdoctoral listings.

  • Grant Forward - Searchable research and fellowship database with some 1,500 postdoctoral funding opportunities. You may register with your account, and sign up for Alert notifications in your designated field.

  • Pathways to Science Postdoctoral Positions - Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP). Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities – Fellowships and Grants

NSF: National Science Foundation and STEM-Related Opportunities

Many programs and directorates within the National Science Foundation offer postdoctoral fellowships. For a general list click here

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF
  • Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (AGS-PRF
  • Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)
  • Earth Institute Columbia University (
  • Earth Science Data Systems, Raskin Scholarship
  • Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSFRF
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (NSF-PRFB
  • Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF
  • The Peking University (PKU) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis International (IIASA): (Link Here)

NIH: National Institute of Health

  • NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships (NIH-F32)
  • International Research Fellowships (for qualified non-immigrant foreign scientists) (NIH-F05
  • Pathway to Independence Award (NIH-K99/R00)

Other Government Agencies

Humanities & Social Sciences


Many foundations and associations offer postdoctoral funding. Some examples are listed below, but this list below is by no means comprehensive. Please use the searchable databases listed above to find more opportunities.

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships: Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global StewardshipAAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program
  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (FORD): Funding from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Trialect Inc (Link here): Opportunities For Health Professionals 
  • Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program (IC)
    • Funded primarily by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Government Laboratories
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Grants (NARSAD
    • For postdocs working on any psychiatric illnesses
  • Guggenheim Foundation Research Grant (GUGGENHEIM)
    • Natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. 
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship (NAEd/Spencer):
    • Supports up to 30 early career scholars working in critical areas of education research.


International Postdoctoral Opportunities

  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
    • The Council of American Overseas Research Centers offers research fellowships to doctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and independent scholars all year round.
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD
    • Are you interested in conducting research in Germany or pursuing a research career in Germany? Here you will find lots of information about where you can conduct research and work in Germany, as well as the various opportunities science and research can offer in Germany.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Pathway to University Positions in Japan
    • The purpose of this program is to promote the employment of overseas researchers in full-time position at Japanese universities and research institutions. It offers the institutions a funded means of inviting postdoctoral researchers from other countries to do pre-employment research in their institutions.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program for Postdocs

>> Contact Dale Lafleur, at UArizona Global Initiatives for more UArizona Specific Information

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers 15 postdoctoral awards, as well as nearly 300 awards that are open to a range of scholar profiles, including early career scholars. These awards are open to American citizens who have recently completed their doctoral degree – typically within the five previous years. To learn more, visit

The Fulbright Scholar Program is eager to engage postdoctoral fellows through new opportunities in a range of countries and fields. 

Overview: The Fulbright Scholar Program presents excellent opportunities 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, all while serving as cultural ambassadors and meeting the public diplomacy intent of the Fulbright Program – to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  To learn more, visit the Fulbright postdoctoral fellowships webpageCatalog of Awards or contact

Eligibility: Review detailed application guidelines and review criteria. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Start an application today! Please contact Fulbright with any questions. Their staff is happy to answer any questions regarding any of the opportunities listed above or the Fulbright Scholar Program in general.

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