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Postdoctoral Opportunities at the UA

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 UA Human Resources Career Track website for current listings.

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. 

Internal Opportunities

UA BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship September

External Opportunities by Deadline Month


Sponsor description ELIGIBILITY
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Awards at the Scientific Interface

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 Program

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. 

Graduate Women in Science: National Fellowship Program

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 

Seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruitment and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences.



Sponsor description ELIGIBILITY
Health Resources in Action: Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral (Clinical) Research Fellowship Program

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.

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research

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. 

L'Oreal Women in Science Fellowship

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.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Communications Fellowship

The NCI Communications Fellowship (NCF), formerly known as the Health Communications Internship Program (HCIP), gives highly-qualified graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients the opportunity to participate in vital communications projects across the National Cancer Institute (NCI). 



Sponsor description ELIGIBILITY
United Nations University Institute of Advanced Study of Sustainability UNU offers PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships to provide young scholars and policymakers, especially from the developing world, with a multidisciplinary context within which to pursue advanced research and training that are of professional interest to the successful applicant and of direct relevance to the research agenda of their selected UNU-IAS or UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) programme.  
De Duve Institute Post-Doctoral Program in Belgium The Institute awards 1-year fellowships, which are renewable once, to young foreign scientists, who in principle have not obtained their PhD degree at a Belgian University, and who wish to carry out their post-doctoral research within one of our research groups.   
American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows CLS invites applications for the eighth competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 25 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year term staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector.   
Beckman Institute: Postdoctoral Fellows Program

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.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: NARSAD Young Investigator Grants

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.

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship Award

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.

Science Policy Fellowship This is a one-year fellowship available to either current graduate students or holders of eligible advanced degrees. It is intended to provide hands-on work experience not typically gained through graduate studies.  


Sponsor description ELIGIBILITY
CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program This fellowship aims at furthering career development and supporting laboratory research for promising young scientists working under the mentorship of leading immunologists.  
American Cancer Society: Postdoctoral Fellowships

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).

Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

This fellowship provides researchers from low- and middle-income countries - who are at an early stage in the establishment of their research careers - with opportunities for research experience and high-quality research training in public health and tropical medicine. Research projects should be aimed at understanding and controlling diseases (either human or animal) of relevance to local, national or global health.

Future Faculty Career Exploration Program

The Future Faculty Career Exploration Program (FFCEP) is the cornerstone of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) recruitment strategy and critical to the success of RIT’s diversity goals. This program increases the diversity among faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology.



Sponsor description ELIGIBILITY
Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship WRF supports STEM research at nonprofit institutions in Washington state, with a focus on life sciences and enabling technologies. WRF will support up to 10 new highly creative and dedicated postdoctoral scientists each year at research institutions in Washington state. 16
James S. McDonnell Foundation: Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems

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. 



Sponsor description ELIGIBILITY
American Institute of Indian Studies – Senior Research Fellowships These grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. 1


Sponsor description ELIGIBILITY
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Career Transition Fellowships The Career Transition Fellowship targets current postdoctoral trainees who demonstrate both commitment and exceptional potential to conduct MS-related research. 21
Human Frontier Science Program: Postdoctoral Fellowships

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. 

The Company of Biologists: Traveling Fellowships

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.



Sponsor description ELIGIBILITY
Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie: Individual Fellowships-Global Fellowships

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.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Water, Energy, and the Environment at HBKU Scholar's research will focus on aquifer mapping, groundwater mapping, and other water security related issues for the region. This grant supports the Statement of Intent signed by NASA/JPL and HBKU 16
TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Training Program This three-year fellowship provides basic, translational, and clinical training and aims to further develop talented PhD or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists.   
OSU Fall Postdoctoral Recruitment Event

This event will provide an excellent opportunity for outstanding PhD students from leading graduate programs to meet our research faculty, interview for open postdoctoral positions, and discover the exciting and innovative research taking place at The Ohio State University and the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital​.

Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship

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

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.



Sponsor description ELIGIBILITY
American Cancer Society: Postdoctoral Fellowships

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).

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Awards for Medical Scientists

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.

Life Sciences Research Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowships

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.

NIH Pathways to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)

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.

National Science Foundation: SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

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.



Sponsor description ELIGIBILITY
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships AAAS Fellows bring valuable expertise to government and join an influential network of 3,000+ STPF alumni fellows. AAAS Fellows learn first-hand about federal policymaking while using their knowledge and skills to address today’s most pressing societal challenges.  
American Association of University Women Fellowships

The American Postdoctoral Fellowship supports women in higher education.

National Science Foundation: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology

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.

Susan G. Komen Postdoctoral Fellowships

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 Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program

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. 

The Wenner-Gren Foundation: Post-Ph.D. Research Grants

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.

Schlumberger Foundation: Faculty of the Future

This program supports outstanding women from developing countries in their pursuit of advanced graduate studies in engineering, science, and technology at leading universities worldwide.



Sponsor description ELIGIBILITY
Science Education Postdoctoral Training Program The program consists of up to four years of formal postdoctoral training in a program directed by an award-winning educator and exposure to the biotechnology industry's most successful and innovative scientists.  
American Association of University Women Fellowships International Fellowships (citizenship unrestricted) are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women in graduate and postgraduate studies.   


Sponsor description ELIGIBILITY
Air Force Science & Technology Fellowship Program This program offers nationally competitive fellowship awards to postdoctoral and senior scientists to perform collaborative research at U.S. Air Force research facilities across the country.  
Innovative Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (IPERF) The Innovative Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (IPERF) defines a new career pathway for entrepreneurial-minded doctorate degree holders in science and engineering (S&E).  
National Academies Research Associateship Program The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government.  
Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Molecular Microbiology The selected applicant will conduct basic and applied research on swine bacterial pathogens. Projects include identifying virulence factors and evaluating the molecular mechanisms used by swine bacterial pathogens, such as Bordetella bronchiseptica, Haemophilus parasuis, and Streptococcus suis, to colonize and cause disease.   
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships

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.



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)

Technology and STEM Opportunities

  • Curated GitHub Site (Updated Feb 2018) Example Organizations: Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, AAUW, Academy of Finland, Allen Institute Seattle, American Australian Association, American Australian Association, Australian Government, Australian Research Council, Austrian Science Fund, BBSRC, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canon Foundation,  Humboldt Foundation, Humboldt Foundation, Humboldt Foundation, Humboldt Foundation, Humboldt Foundation, Indo-U.S. Fellowship for Women in STEMM, Institute Pasteur Paris, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, La Caixa, Leibniz-DAAD, Leverhulme Trust UK, Life Sciences Research Foundation, Marie Sk_odowska-Curie Actions, Medical Research Council, National Academies, National Post Doctoral Fellowship, NC3Rs, NIH, NIH, NSERC, NSF, Oxford University, Pew Trust, Royal Society, Royal Society, Rubicon program for Dutch researchers, Schlumberger Foundation, Science and Industry Endowment Fund, Science without Borders, Smithsonian Institute, Society in Science Foundation, Swiss National Research Foundation, Swiss National Research Foundation, Swiss National Research Foundation,The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, UC MEXUS, UMASS Amherst, Univ British Columbia, Universite Catholique Louvain, University of Arizona, University of California, University of Cambridge, University of Curtin, University of Curtin, University of Curtin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Leeds, University of Technology Sidney, University of Victoria, University of Victoria, Wellcome-DBT INDIA ALLIANCE, Wellcome-DBT INDIA ALLIANCE, Wellcome-DBT INDIA ALLIANCE, World Academy of Science, Yale University

Other Government Agencies

  • Department of Energy EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards (DOE-EERE)(Grad and Postdoc)
  •  NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

  • Army Research Lab (ARL) Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships  provide recipients the opportunity to pursue independent research while working alongside some of the nation's best scientists and engineers. Applicants must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. Successful candidates will have already tackled a major scientific or engineering problem or will have provided a new approach or insight, evidenced by a recognized impact in their field. Deadline: May 31, 2019.

  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Database which includes opportunities with the following organizations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Navy

  • CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program seeks applicants who will work under the leadership of CDC’s Chief Evaluation Officer; they will be matched with CDC host programs in Atlanta, Georgia to work on program evaluation activities for/with those programs. Deadline: April 8, 2019.

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.

Postdoctoral Funding for Women

  • American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships (AAUW)
    • The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education.
  • L’oreal USA for Women in Science Fellowship Program (L'OREAL)
    •  A national award that honors the important contributions women make in scientific fields

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 UA Global Initiatives for more UA 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.  Postdoctoral grants are available in all fields of study, from STEM, to the arts, humanities and social sciences, and they target U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees – typically within the five previous years. Highlights include:

    • Israel Postdoctoral Fellowship: For up to 20 months, fellows will conduct research in any field at an accredited institution of higher education in Israel. The United States-Israel Educational Foundation provides a stipend of up to $70,000 ($35,000 per academic year for two years).
    • France Fulbright-EHESS Post-Doctoral Award in Social Sciences:  Fellows will conduct research for 9-12 months at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France. Applications are sought in all disciplines.
    • Mexico Postdoctoral Scholar Award: Postdoctoral fellows will undertake original research, publish research findings, develop and expand personal research networks and prepare for research-intensive careers within and beyond academia. All disciplines will be considered with the exception of medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry.

    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.


    If you know of an opportunity that you would like to share with the UA community, please email