Funding Opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows

  • The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program supports future generations of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math. The program provides scholarships for postdoctoral students from premier universities in the United States to do research at one of seven Israeli universities. In addition, the program provides support to Israeli PhD graduates who have been accepted to a postdoctoral program with a stipend at an American university. See the following for full details and application deadlines: Postdoctoral Scholar Program / Israeli Postdoctoral Program 
  • The Mistletoe Foundation invites applications for runrestricted research support to full-time postdoctoral fellows and advanced Ph.D. candidates in most STEM fields and some fields of social science. Goal is to foster early-career academics by offering research funding and professional development training, and to create a bridge between the academic and entrepreneurship communities that furthers collaboration, partnerships, innovation and employment. Support can be used over the course of a single academic year for almost any university-approved research-related activity, including conference travel support, purchases of equipment, and software and database licenses. Refer to our Mistletoe Foundation Fellowships program page for full details. Deadline: April 29, 2019 (11:59pm Pacific Time)
  • The American Cancer Society invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships that support researchers who have received the PhD for training leading to an independent career in cancer research. Up to $168,000 over three years available. Refer to program announcement for full details. Deadline: April 1 and October 15
  • The American Diabetes Association welcomes applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship Award program, which supports researchers for high quality training in disciplines and topics relevant to diabetes. Up to $195,816 over three years available. Refer to program announcement for full details. Deadline: expected for April 2019
  • The American Diabetes Association welcomes applications for its Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Award program, which supports researchers for high quality training in disciplines and topics relevant to diabetes. Up to $195,816 over three years available. Refer to program announcement for full details. Deadline: expected for April 2019
  • The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is accepting pre-proposals for their Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) program to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned from graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences. The five-year award is intended to bridge two years of advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. Proposals that include experimental validation of theoretical models are particularly encouraged. Women and underrepresented minorities strongly encouraged to apply. Several eligibility requirements apply: see RFP or program page for full details. Award of $500,000 over five years delineated as $70,000 in each of Years 1 and 2 (Postdoctoral portion), and $120,000 in each of the subsequent three years (Faculty portion). Funds are intended to cover salary, fringe benefits, administrative fee and research costs. Pre-Proposal requirements: applicant information completed online, a pre-proposal form with a lay abstract and required signatures, and a confidential letter of recommendation from the primary postdoctoral mentor. Deadline: pre-proposal due September 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. EDT; full proposal due January 10, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EST.
  • The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) is accepting applications for its Collaborative Research Travel Grant (CRTG) program, which provides up to $15,000 in relatively unrestricted travel funds to academic scientists and trainees (postdocs or fellows) at U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions. Grants must be used for domestic or international travel to another lab to learn new research techniques or begin or continue a collaboration to address biomedical questions. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have doctorate level training in the physical, mathematical, or engineering sciences and are working on biomedical problems. Deadline: expected for February 2020
  • The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation welcomes applications for its 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellowship program. Recent PhD, MD, and MD/PhD graduates conducting theoretical and experimental research on cancer and the search for causes, treatments, prevention, therapies, etc. are eligible; those currently in postdoctoral positions are ineligible. Up to four years of funding possible; institutional overhead or indirect costs not allowed.  Refer to program announcement for full details.  
    Deadline: March 15 and August 15, 2019
  • The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation welcomes applications for the 2019-20 Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship, which is open to advanced candidates and recent PhD, MD, and MD/PhD graduates conducting research on the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of one or more pediatric cancers. Two funding levels possible: Level 1-basic and physician-scientists who will have had their degrees no more than one year prior to application review; and Level 2-physician-scientists who have completed their residencies and clinical training, are board eligible in the U.S. at the start date of the fellowship, and can devote at least 80% of their time and effort to the supported research activities.  Up to four years of funding possible; institutional overhead or indirect costs not allowed. Refer to program announcement for guidelines, eligibility criteria, and application requirements and review.  Deadlines: March 15 and August 15, 2019
  • The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is accepting applications for its Intramural NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) program. The research projects proposed should focus on NIGMS mission-related areas of basic biomedical science, which include: cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, computational biology, technology development and bioinformatics. Additionally, research studies that employ model organisms are encouraged. Award: up to three years of postdoctoral stipend support possible; various stipend levels possible depending on experience and expertise. Institutional overhead not permitted. Refer to the solicitation for full details. Deadlines: TBA
  • The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award (5) Postdoctoral Fellowships to women scientists in the US each at a value of up to $60,000. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Refer to program announcement for full details. Deadline: expected for February 2020
  • The National Institutes of Health invites applications for its Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32) program to enable researchers to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the mission of the NIH. Up to three years of support possible; stipend levels commiserate with years of postdoctoral experience. Refer to solicitation for full details; application required through Deadline: April 8, August 8,  and December 8