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Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities at the UArizona

INTERNAL FUNding Deadline
Postdoctoral Research Development Grants Spring 2021
Commission on the Status of Women Mini Grants January 18, 2021


For a full list of internal funding opportunities, visit UArizona Competition Space

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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    
ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program   January 15 2021    
American Cancer Society: Postdoctoral Fellowships   January 2021    
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: NARSAD Young Investigator Grants   Spring 2021    
Burroughs Welcome Fund: Career Awards at the Scientific Interface   Pre-proposal Sept 1 2020/ application Jan 8 2021    
Burroughs Welcome Fund: Postdoctoral Enrichment Program   January 14, 2021    
Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowships   April 30 2021    
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship Award   March 15, 2021    
Environmental Fellows Program    January 2021    
Future Faculty Career Exploration Program   May 2021    
Foundation for Women's Wellness   TBA    
Graduate Women in Science: National Fellowship Program   January 2021    
Harvard University An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships in Chinese Studies   February 21, 2021    
IASH Postdoctoral Fellowships   April 30, 2021    
NASA Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science   March 29, 2021    
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Communications Fellowship   TBA 2021 deadline    
NIH Blueprint D-SPAN Award (F99/K00)   April 15, 2021    
The Company of Biologists: Traveling Fellowships   March 8, May 31, August, October 18, 2021    
Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine   April 7, 2021 & June 29, 2021    
Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship   Spring 2021    
Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program   March 15, 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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