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Postdoctoral Grant Programs

While by no means a comprehensive list of postdoctoral funding opportunities, we have pulled together basic information on a number of awards to help you begin your search for an appropriate grant.

Other foundations, organizations, and societies offer postdoctoral grants in addition to those listed below, so if you do not see your discipline represented, check online or ask your PI if opportunities exist.

The NIH has assembled an extensive list of organizations that provide fellowships which you can also peruse as a starting point: https://www.training.nih.gov/career_services

*Please note: The information below does not cover every nuance, requirement, or restriction of each funding mechanism. Although the office strives to keep the information updated, specifics of funding opportunities may change over time. Please be sure to visit the website of each award to review the most current information.

Found an award that interests you? Visit the tips section for general pointers on applying.

*An asterisk indicates that the award is open to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 


Research Awards

 

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSAs) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)

  • Individual postdoctoral research training fellowship to provide support to promising Fellowship Applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers
  • Special consideration given to physicians and other health professionals who propose to become active biomedical researchers and who agree to undertake a minimum of 2 years of biomedical, behavioral or clinical research
  • NRSAs provide a stipend, tuition and fees, and an institutional allowance 
  • Individuals can receive up to three years total of NRSA support at the postdoc level, including any combination of support from institutional training grants (T32) and individual fellowship awards (F32). Note that the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) subtracts time already spent in the sponsor's (faculty mentor's) lab from the three year maximum
  • Per the program announcement, applicants should review the research areas of the appropriate Institute and contact the Institute’s representative prior to applying

Eligibility Highlights:

  • Doctoral level degree holder
  • U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident of the U.S. at the time of the award -- individuals on temporary visas are not eligible
  • Awardees must participate full-time in research training

Website: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-113.html 

Tips (not from NIH): A previous fellow at the University of Pennsylvania shares some pointers for applying for your own NIH fellowship at http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/funding/nrsaguidelines.html

 

American Cancer Society (ACS) Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • 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
  • Awards granted for one, two or three years based on the length of time PhD or MD has been held at time of application
  • Progressive stipends of $44,000, $46,000, and $48,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year fellowship allowance
  • Targeted grants also available for research directed at poor and underserved populations

Eligibility Highlights:

  • Must be U.S. citizen, noncitizen national or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Less than four years since PhD or MD awarded

Website: http://www.cancer.org/research/researchprogramsfunding/postdoctoral-fellowships?sitearea=RES

 

*American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Awards one or two years of postdoctoral funding for cardiovascular and stroke research. May apply for third year, if eligible, through competitive review process
  • Stipend of $40,000-$46,000 per year based on years of postdoctoral research and clinical experience at time of award activation, plus $3,000 per year for travel and another $1,000 per year for health insurance

Eligibility Highlights:

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, pending permanent resident, or temporary visa holder (E-3, F-1, H-1B, J-1, O-1, TN or G-4) at time of application
  • No more than five years postdoctoral research training or experience -- time spent in clinical training is excluded

Website: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/Research/FundingOpportunities/SupportingInformation/Summer-2013---Postdoctoral-Fellowship_UCM_443314_Article.jsp

 

*American Lung Association (ALA) Senior Research Training Fellowship Award 

  • To support the training of first-time postdoctoral research fellows seeking further academic training as scientific investigators with the goal of pursuing a career in pulmonary medicine and lung biology research
  • May be granted up to two years, subject to annual review, based on performance and availability of funds
  • $32,500 stipend per award year 

Eligibility Highlights:

  • At time of application, PhD applicants must be in their 1st or 2nd year of postdoctoral training, MDs should be in their third or fourth year of fellowship training – see program description for exceptions
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or foreign nationals with a J-1, H-1, H-1B, TC, TN, or O-1 visa
  • Must be employed by a U.S. institution at time of application

Website: http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/rt-program-description.pdf

 

*American Physiological Society (APS) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Physiological Genomics

  • Fellow must use the tools of cellular and molecular biology in the setting of the whole animal
  • Two year award, with second year contingent upon satisfactory progress in year one
  • Stipend is $38,500 for year one and $40,500 for year two, plus a trainee allowance of $3,500 per year

Eligibility Highlights:

  •  No citizenship restrictions
  • Sponsor (faculty advisor) must be a member of APS – it is anticipated that award recipients will join the Society as well

 Website: http://the-aps.org/MayCC/awards/studentdup.txt (scroll to bottom)

 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

  • To support basic or clinical research related to cystic fibrosis (at the subcellular, cellular, animal, or patient level)
  • Base stipend is $39,000 for first year fellows and $40,100 for second year
  • Support for year two is contingent upon submission and approval of a renewal progress report and availability of funds – optional third year considered for highly qualified fellows
  • $750 for travel to a scientific meeting, plus $3,000 provided for research expenses

Eligibility Highlights:

  • MD, PhD, or MD/PhD
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status required
  • Preference given to recent graduates and those just initiating their research careers

Website: http://www.cff.org/research/ForResearchers/FundingOpportunities/TrainingGrants/#Post
doctoral_Research_Fellowships


*Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

  • Not a grant, but an international prize for the most exceptional neurobiological research conducted by a young scientist and described in a 1,000-word essay
  • $25,000 and publication of the winning essay in Science

Eligibility Highlights:

  • Neurobiologist with an advanced degree received in the last 10 years who is age 35 or younger
  • Essay must describe neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology
  • Applicant must have performed or directed the research within the past three years
  • No citizenship requirements

Website: www.eppendorf.com/prize and http://www.sciencemag.org/feature/data/prizes/eppendorf/


*Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Research Fellowships

  • Early postdoctoral research training in all basic biomedical sciences.
  • Three-year award, contingent on satisfactory performance
  • First year stipend is $49,000 with $1,500 research expense allowance (can use for health insurance)
  • Highly competitive – fewer than 5% of applicants receive awards

Eligibility Highlights:

  • Can have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience by the application deadline
  • Must have received a PhD degree no more than two years prior to application deadline, three years for MD
  • No citizenship requirements
  • U.S. citizens can hold the fellowship abroad, but foreign nationals must perform research in U.S. laboratories
  • Foundation does not ordinarily consider applicants who seek to stay in a laboratory in which they have already received significant predoctoral or postdoctoral training

Website: http://www.hhwf.org/HTMLSrc/ResearchFellowships.html


*Cancer Research Institute (CRI) Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

  • Provides support to fund and train young immunologists and cancer immunologists
  • Provides a stipend of $50,000 for the first year, $53,000 for the second year, and $57,000 for the third year, plus an institutional allowance of $1,500 per year

Eligibility Highlights:

  • No citizenship restrictions – fellowship can be performed in the U.S. or abroad
  • Must be working in areas directly related to cancer immunology
  • Less than five years of prior postdoctoral experience (exception for MD applicants)
  • Only rarely is a fellowship given to an applicant who will have been with the intended sponsor (faculty advisor) for three or more years by the fellowship start date
  • Only one fellow per faculty sponsor (advisor) may apply each round

Website: http://www.cancerresearch.org/postdoc/apply


*Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research

  • Supports early postdoctoral training in cancer research
  • Three-year award with a base stipend of $50,000 per year, plus $1,000 for each dependent child, plus an additional $1,500 per year usually given to the sponsoring lab for research costs, plus up to $1,800 for travel to science meetings

Eligibility Highlights:

  • No citizenship requirements – U.S. citizens can conduct research in the U.S. or abroad, foreign nationals must train in the U.S.
  • In general, no more than one year of postdoctoral experience at time of application deadline

Website: http://www.jccfund.org/fellowship-information


*Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Three year award, assuming satisfactory performance, for training to begin a career in the diabetes research field
  • Stipends starting at $39,264 per year, based on years of relevant postdoc experience, plus research allowance of $5,500 per year

Eligibility Highlights:

  • No citizenship requirement – research may be conducted in U.S. or abroad
  • Typically, doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., D.M.D, or equivalent) received no more than five years before the fellowship.

Website: http://jdrf.org/grant-center/information-for-applicants/grant-mechanism-descriptions/postdoctoral-fellowships/


*JDRF Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • For full time research training and to assist talented individuals in transitioning from a fellow to an independent faculty or research position
  • Three-year award with additional optional 1-year transition award for support in first year as a faculty member
  • Budgets up to $90,000 per year for up to 3 years may be requested
  • Stipends starting at $39,264 per year, based on years of relevant postdoc experience
  • Transition award can be requested in an amount up to $110,000 total costs for one year

Eligibility Highlights:

  • No citizenship requirement – research may be conducted in U.S. or abroad
  • Typically, doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., D.M.D, or equivalent) received no more than five years before the fellowship

Website: http://jdrf.org/grant-center/information-for-applicants/grant-mechanism-descriptions/advanced-postdoctoral-fellowships/


*The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Career Development Program

  • Range of awards for various career stages to support research on leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma
  • Fellow and Special Fellow awards
    • Fellow: $55,000 per year for three years with annual renewal based on progress report review
    • Special Fellow: $65,000 per year for two or three years with annual renewal based on progress report review – intended to help researcher transition to an independent research program

Eligibility Highlights:

  • No citizenship restrictions for any awards
  • Fellow and Special Fellow both require a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DVM, or equivalent) and a mentor (sponsor) who has won a nationally competitive grant from NIH, ACS, or a similar agency
  • Fellow: Must have less than two years of postdoctoral research training
  • Special Fellow: Must have completed at least two years of postdoctoral research training at time of review, but must not request support that would continue postdoctoral training beyond six years without providing justification

Website: http://www.lls.org/researchershealthcareprofessionals/academicgrants/careerdevelopment/


*Life Sciences Research Foundation (LSRF) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

  • Three-year fellowships awarded across broad spectrum of life sciences
  • $57,000 per year “mini-grant” includes:
    • Stipend: $43,000 for first year postdoc, $45,000 per year for second, and $47,000 thereafter
    • $1,000 administrative fee paid to LSRF
    • Postdoc (not mentor) directs the spending of the remainder (fringe benefits, travel, supplies, etc)

Eligibility Highlights:

  • Researchers seeking a second postdoc are only eligible if they are transferring to a different laboratory and will be starting a new project not connected to their prior research
  • No geographic restrictions on research sites for U.S. citizens – foreign applicants eligible for training only in U.S. labs

Website: http://www.lsrf.org/pages/geninfo.htm


*National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Research Fellowship 

  • Awards for one or two years (competitive renewal) of postdoctoral training in basic or clinical kidney-related research
  • Limited number of third year awards available to assist in becoming an independent investigator
  • Candidate’s career goals must include a clear commitment to the study and treatment of diseases and functions of the kidneys
  • Stipend of $50,000 per year

Eligibility Highlights:

  • Designed for U.S. citizens, but applications from foreign citizens for training in the U.S. are considered – when applications are deemed equal, preference is given to U.S. citizens and to applicants likely to pursue careers in academic medicine
  • No more than 4.5 years of research training (in addition to clinical training) beyond a doctoral degree at time of activation
  • No more than 10 years should have passed between earning last doctoral degree and receiving the award – exceptions must be justified in sponsor letter
  • Sponsor (faculty advisor) must be a dues-paying professional member of the NKF

Website: http://www.kidney.org/professionals/research/

 

*National Multiple Sclerosis Society Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Awards to support postdoctoral training in studies related to multiple sclerosis which may serve to advance the mission of the Society
  • Up to 3 years of support
  • Stipends starting at $41,576 per year based on years of relevant postdoc experience, plus an institutional allowance of up to $7,850 per year
Eligibility Highlights:
  • No citizenship requirements if applying from a U.S. institution
  • Applicants should have less that 3 years of previous postdoc training at time of application -- applicants with more than 3 years experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Awards are not made to applicants seeking continuing support for the completion of an on-going research project

Website: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ms-clinical-care-network/researchers/get-funding/postdoctoral-fellowships/index.aspx

 

PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America) Foundation
Postdoctoral Fellowships offered in four areas:

Health Outcomes

  • To support research that will strengthen representation of health outcomes in academic programs
  • Aimed at supporting beginning postdocs – applicants are encouraged to apply at the earliest point of their postdoctoral research period as possible
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident requirement
  • $55,000 annual stipend for up to two years
  • Must have PharmD, MD or PhD degree

Website: http://www.phrmafoundation.org/index.php?option=com_award&task=sdetail&id=7

Informatics

  • To support multidisciplinary research training in informatics – for individuals preparing to engage in research that will bridge the gap between experimental and computational approaches in genomic and biomedical studies
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident requirement
  • $40,000 annual stipend for up to two years
  • Must hold or will hold a PhD by time of award activation

Website: http://www.phrmafoundation.org/index.php?option=com_award&task=sdetail&id=6

Pharmacology/Toxicology

  • For multidisciplinary research training in pharmacology or toxicology that integrates information on molecular or cellular mechanisms of action with information on the effect of an agent in the intact organism
  • Must hold or will hold a PhD by time of award activation
  • For recent graduates – will not fund applications for third to fifth year of postdoctoral training
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident requirement
  • $40,000 annual stipend for up to two years

Website: http://www.phrmafoundation.org/index.php?option=com_award&task=sdetail&id=8

Pharmaceutics

  • Program includes basic pharmaceutics, biopharmaceutics, pharmaceutical technology and pharmaceutical biotechnology
  • Must hold or will hold a PhD by time of award activation
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident requirement
  • $40,000 annual stipend for up to two years

Website: http://www.phrmafoundation.org/index.php?option=com_award&task=sdetail&id=9


Policy Awards

 

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

  • Highly competitive one-year fellowships for scientists and engineers at a variety of career stages
  • Fellows learn about government decision making and the intersections of policy and science while contributing their knowledge and skills to national and international policy issues
  • Offered in six areas: Congressional; Diplomacy, Security & Development; Energy, Environment & Agriculture; Health, Education & Human Services; Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship; AAAS Overseas Fellowships at USAID Missions; and Global Health & Development Fellowships
  • Stipends vary by program

Eligibility Highlights:

  • Doctoral degree (PhD, ScD, DVM, MD, etc) in any relevant interdisciplinary field – engineers with a master's degree and three years of post-degree professional experience also eligible
  • Must be a U.S. citizen (dual citizenship permitted) – permanent residents not eligible
  • Demonstrate commitment to applying expertise in a societal and policy context

Website: http://fellowships.aaas.org/


*Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
  • Program organized by the National Academies to engage graduate and postdoctoral students in science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions among science, technology, and government
  • 12-week program designed to assist participants in developing skills different from those gained in academia
  • Stipend of $8,240 provided to offset expenses during 12-week fellowship period
Eligibility Highlights:
  • Current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and individuals who completed graduate studies or postdoctoral training within the last 5 years may apply
  • In addition to U.S. citizens, those with valid F-1, J, asylee, refugee, adjustment applicant or U.S. lawful permanent resident status are eligible to apply – certain other categories are considered individually
  • Those with employment visas such as the H-1B are not eligible