Postdoctoral Fellowships


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32): Standard Due Dates

The purpose of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32) is to support promising applicants during their mentored postdoctoral training under the guidance of outstanding faculty sponsors. By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence.

Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00): Standard Due Dates

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. There is no citizenship requirement for K99 applicants.

NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards (DP2):

The NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards supports post-doctoral investigators of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative bold new research with the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical research.  There is no citizenship requirement for this award.


Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology: First Tuesday in November

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. The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: Last Monday in October

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in two tracks: (i) Broadening Participation (SPRF-BP), and (ii) Interdisciplinary Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences (SPRF-IBSS). See the full text of the solicitation for detailed description of these tracks. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

Non-Federal Agencies

AAUW International Fellowships: Nov 14

AAUW fellowships provide research support for postdocs who are women or identify as women and are not citizens or permanent residents of the US.

Additional Ventures Catalyst to Independence Award: LOI due March 16

This $1.2 million transition award offers 3 years of postdoc funding followed by 3 years once awardee has achieve independence in a tenure-track faculty role. The focus of this non-profit is on biomedical research related to congenital heart disease. The award is open to anyone who can legally work in the U.S., including temporary residents.

American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowships: LOI due in November

The intent of this program is to encourage talented scientists early in their careers to enter, or remain in, the field of brain tumor research. American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowships are $100,000 awards payable over a two-year period.

American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowships: April 1 and October 15

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). Awards may be for three years with progressive stipends of $48,000, $50,000, and $52,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year fellowship allowance. Must be US citizens or permanent residents.

American Diabetes Association Postdoctoral Fellowship: April 15

These fellowships are available to postdoctoral researchers (M.D., M.D./Ph.D., Ph.D., D.V.M., or equivalent) and provide research support for high quality training in disciplines and topics relevant to diabetes in an environment conducive to beginning a career in diabetes research. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States or U.S. possessions.

Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program For Translational Research on Aging: March

The program was developed to address the current concerns about an adequate funding base for postdoctoral fellows (M.D., M.D./Ph.D., and Ph.D.) who specifically direct their research towards translational findings and who will demonstrate how their research will have direct benefits to human aging.

American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship: September 22

(Founders Affiliate)

Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident or have appropriate visa to work in the U.S. (including H1-B and J-1 among others).

Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship: September 4

The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award Program supports postdoctoral scholars with the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, to assist in their transition from “mentored yet independent” postdoctoral projects to an independent, tenure-track position. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface: January 8

BWF’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. 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. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary residents. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary residents.

Burroughs Wellcome Diversity in Science Postdoctoral Enrichment Fund: January 15

BWF’s 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 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. Must be citizens of the United States or Canada to be eligible.

Cancer Research Institute Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowships: March 1, September 1

Fellowships provide support to fund and train young immunologists and cancer immunologists at top universities and research centers around the world. Fellows receive up to $175,500 over three years to cover the cost of stipend or salary, insurance, and other research-related expenses, such as travel to conferences and meetings. No citizenship requirements.

Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research Fund Seed Grant: December

Formerly the Connecticut Stem Cell Program, Connecticut’s Regenerative Medicine Research Fund (RMRF) provides millions of dollars in grants each year to scientists who are conducting biomedical or embryonic or human adult stem cell research that shows clinical promise—treatments that will make a real, significant impact on human health.

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund Fellowships: February

Established for the furtherance of research into the causes, origins, and treatment of cancer. Applicants in general should not have more than ONE YEAR of postdoctoral experience. Applicants may be citizens of any country but for foreign nationals awards will be made only for study in the United States.

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship Award: August 17-March 15

The Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the United States.

FRAXA Fellowship Program: February 1

FRAXA aims to accelerate research aimed at finding a specific treatment for fragile X syndrome. Our goal is to bring practical treatment into current medical practice as quickly as possible; therefore, preference will be given to research projects that have a clear practical application and the results of which will be shared in a timely fashion.

The Grass Foundation Fellowship Program: December

Grass Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, support investigator-designed, independent research projects by scientists early in their career. Supported approaches include neurophysiology, biophysics, integrative neurobiology, neuroethology, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, systems neuroscience, cellular and developmental neurobiology, and computational approaches to neural systems. International Fellows (i.e., not U.S. citizens or resident aliens) must hold a valid visa (J-1, H-1B, F1 or F1-OPT) for the entire duration of the fellowship.

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program: December 1

The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will become leaders in academic research and inspire future generations of scientists. Citizens and non-citizens with a degree from a U.S. research institution are eligible.

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Research Fellowships: July 1

To attain its ultimate goal of increasing the number of imaginative, well-trained and dedicated medical scientists, the Foundation grants financial support of sufficient duration to help further the careers of young men and women engaged in biological or medical research. Fellowships may be awarded to U.S. citizens planning to work in laboratories either in the U.S., Canada, or abroad and also to foreign citizens for research in laboratories in the U.S. only.

The Lalor Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships: January 15

The program’s mission is to support these researchers early in their work so that they can become independently funded in the field of mammalian reproductive biology as related to the regulation of fertility. The individual nominated by the applicant institution for the postdoctoral fellowship for conduct of the work may be a citizen of any country.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fellowship Awards: July

The Special Fellow award is for a qualified investigator who’s completed a minimum of two years of postdoctoral research training and is continuing your research under the research sponsor’s direction. This award is meant to permit you to begin to transition to an independent research program. The Fellow award is for a promising investigator with less than two years of postdoctoral research training. This award encourages you to embark on an academic career involving clinical or fundamental research in hematologic malignancies under a research sponsor’s direction. No citizenship requirements.

Life Sciences Research Foundation: October 1

To identify and fund exceptional young scientists at a critical juncture of their training in all areas of basic life sciences.

L’Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program: January 29

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. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance Mentored Investigator Grant: LOI due April 7

OCRA’s Schreiber Research Grants Program supports postdoctoral fellows. We invest our dollars wisely, supporting the best ovarian cancer research in the nation. No citizenship requirements.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation Fellowship: May – September

The PVA Research Foundation is focused on funding projects that are grounded in basic laboratory science and the education of scientists working on breakthroughs directed toward a cure for paralysis or the secondary medical conditions, and technologies associated with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D). No citizenship requirements.

Patterson Mentored Research Award: August 6

The Patterson trust was established to support “research relating to human diseases, their causes and relief thereof”. In alignment with this mission, the goal of the program is to support pilot studies and innovative research conducted by early stage mentored investigators and promote their transition towards independence. Open to senior postdoctoral researchers with 3-6 years of postdoctoral experience who work in Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island. No citizenship requirements.

Other Links

Johns Hopkins University Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities Website

Nearly 400 different postdoctoral fellowship opportunities catalogued here.