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Funding Opportunities

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List of funding opportunities

American Diabetes Association

Deadline: January

Mentor-Based Postdoctoral Fellowship

These awards are granted to established diabetes investigators to support a postdoctoral fellow. Applications must be initiated and completed by the mentor.

Mentor-Based Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship

These awards support minority postdoctoral fellows working with established diabetes investigators. Applications must be initiated and completed by the mentor. Eligible minorities include: African American, Spanish, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. The applying fellow must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

American Brain Tumor Association

Deadline: January

Early each year, the American Brain Tumor Association encourages researchers to apply for our research awards. Applications are carefully reviewed by our Scientific Advisors, Research Funding Committee and Board of Directors. Criteria for selection include applicant experience and qualifications, caliber of the training program, and the quality of the proposed research study.

Basic Research Fellowships

The Basic Research Fellowship program encourages young, talented scientists to enter, or remain, in the field of neuro-oncology. These fellowships are two-year $80,000 awards.

Translational Research Grants

These awards help scientists further develop studies on the cusp of moving from the laboratory into patient testing. These $75,000 awards often support the collection of the preclinical data researchers need to apply for major funding from other sources, such as the National Cancer Institute.

Small Project Grants

Small Project Grants are $50,000 one-year grants given to worthwhile research studies that do not meet all the guidelines of other ABTA programs but are novel, groundbreaking or otherwise noteworthy.

American Cancer Society

Deadline: 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 $44,000, $46,000, and $48,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year fellowship allowance. Depending on availability of special endowment funds, the Society annually selects one or more of the top-ranked fellowships to be supplemented above the standard stipend.

American Heart Association

Deadline: January

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Helps a trainee initiate a career in cardiovascular research while obtaining significant research results.

Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award

Provides funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during crucial career development from the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position. The F-T-F is a national program and may be supported by affiliates.

Beginning Grant-In-Aid

Promotes the independent status of promising beginning scientists.

Scientist Development Grant

Supports highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator.

American Institute for Cancer Research

Deadline: February

Post-Doctoral Grant Awards: designed to encourage new researchers to enter the field of nutrition-cancer research. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, or M.D. degree that was awarded no more than four years prior to the date of application. Applicants working at an institution in the U.S. must be a U.S. citizen, or foreign national with either permanent resident status or a visa that is valid for the duration of the grant award.

American Liver Foundation

Deadline: October

Postdoctoral Fellowship: The American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is a one-year salary supplement to encourage the development of individuals with research potential who require additional research training and experience. The award is intended to support investigational work relating to liver physiology and disease in order to prepare the awardee for a career of independent research.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award is designed as a supplement to augment NIH or non-federal fellowship stipends and will not be awarded to an applicant who has no other source of research salary support.

American Lung Association

Senior Research Training Fellowship: Post-doctoral support for M.D.s and/or Ph.D.s receiving further academic training as scientific investigators. Research areas of particular interest to the American Lung Association are: adult pulmonary medicine, pediatric pulmonary medicine and lung biology. Duration: up to two years.
Applicants must be either a U.S. citizen or a foreign national holding one of the following visa immigration statuses: Permanent resident, student visa (F-1), exchange visitor (J-1), temporary worker in a specialty occupation (H-1, H-1B), Canadian or Mexican citizen engaging in professional activities (TC, TN), or a temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences (O-1).

American Philosophical Society

Daland Fellowships in Clinical Investigation: The American Philosophical Society awards a limited number of Daland Fellowships in Clinical Investigation for research in the several branches of clinical medicine, including internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. The committee emphasizes patient-oriented research.
The fellowships are designed for qualified persons who have held an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree for fewer than eight years. The fellowship is generally intended to be the first post-clinical fellowship; but each case will be decided on its merits. Preference is usually given to candidates who have not more than two years of post-doctoral training and research. Applicants, both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, must expect to perform their research at an institution in the United States, under the supervision of a scientific advisor. Direct contact with patients is required.

American Physiological Society

Deadline: January

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Physiological Genomics: Formerly known as the APS-Genentech Postdoctoral Fellowship, the APS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Physiological Genomics has been established in recognition of the fact that many advances in genomics ultimately require a functional understanding in the context of the organism, and special training is needed to conduct this type of research. The ideal candidate is one who has completed outstanding work in a top-flight graduate program (e.g., molecular biology, genetics, etc.) and who has the intention of employing organ system approaches during his/her postdoctoral training. Alternatively, a well-trained graduate in integrative physiology might wish to expand his/her work through the use of molecular biological tools and genomics. A central criterion of the postdoctoral project requires the scientist to use the tools of cellular and molecular biology in the setting of the whole animal. (Assays and/or analyses can be performed in vitro on material harvested from control and experimental animals, but material cannot solely be harvested and then exposed to the control and experimental conditions in vitro.)

A candidate for this program should identify a laboratory within the United States and a sponsor who is an APS member in good standing under whose supervision a project in organ system physiology and molecular biology/genomics can be combined. The laboratory host/sponsor must be a member of the American Physiological Society, and it is anticipated that award recipients will join the society. The award funds cover a two-year period and include an annual stipend for the first year of $37,000 plus a trainee allowance of $3,500, and a second-year stipend of $39,000 plus a trainee allowance of $3,500. The award does not include an indirect cost reimbursement.

Adequate progress must be demonstrated by a written report submitted to the APS following the first year before a second year stipend and trainee allowance can be awarded.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association

Deadline: January

The Milton Safenowitz Post Doctoral Fellowship for ALS Research: The investigator-initiated grant program is now offering an annual post-doctoral fellowship award. The maximum amount awarded is $35,000-$40,000 annually for 2 years.

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Deadline: October

Beckman Young Investigator Program: The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation makes grants to non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. The Beckman Young Investigators Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences.

Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application. Documentation of U.S. citizenship (copy of birth certificate or passport) or permanent residency status MUST BE PROVIDED with the application. Persons who have applied for permanent residency but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible.

Arthritis Foundation

Deadline: February

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The purpose of the Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship is to encourage qualified physicians and scientists to embark on careers in research related to the understanding of arthritis and the rheumatic diseases. This award provides a salary stipend for M.D.s, D.O.s, Ph.D.s, or equivalent for up to three years. The second year of the award will be based on project progress; the third year will be issued after a competitive renewal. Renewal will be based on the progress of the project, publications and demonstration of professional presentations. Ninety percent time must be devoted to arthritis-related research.

Career Development Awards

Intended to provide support for young investigators at a critical point in their development toward independent research in a variety of arthritis related areas. These grants typically cover the cost of salaries, consumable supplies, equipment, travel and other items to conduct the proposed research. Applicants must be establishing their first independent, self-directed laboratory for which the institution provides space and other resources.

Arthritis National Research Foundation

Deadline: January

The Arthritis National Research Foundation is dedicated to funding highly qualified investigators associated with major research institutes, universities and hospitals throughout the country who are seeking to discover new knowledge for the prevention, treatment and cure of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Preference will be given to senior post-doctoral investigators transitioning to independent investigator status and new assistant professors. Applicant may not have (or ever had) an NIH R01 grant or equivalent. Priority will be given to investigators possessing an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree or equivalent, affiliated with a qualified, non-profit institution. Clinical and basic studies will be considered. Clinical studies should have a translational component that helps reveal the underlying mechanisms or response to therapy.

Autism Speaks

Deadline for letter of intent: January

Postdoctoral fellowship: Autism Speaks invites grant applications in all areas of basic and clinical research that will advance its biomedical and behavioral research mission, including but not limited to: human behavior (language, communication, social interaction); neurosciences (anatomy, pathology, development, imaging, cognition); human genetics/genomics, immunology, endocrinology, molecular and cellular mechanisms; and studies employing model organisms.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Burroughs Wellcome fund is an independent private foundation established to advance the medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities . Its emphasis is on the career development of outstanding scientists and on advancing areas in the basic medical sciences that are underfunded or that have a shortage of qualified researchers. The fund has a number of fellowships for postdoctoral work and early career scientists.

Cancer Research Institute

Deadlines: April and October

The Irvington Institute Fellowship Program of the Cancer Research Institute, formerly the Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, answers the need for more researchers in the field of cancer immunology. It supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in cancer immunology or general immunology. CRI also funds junior faculty.

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

Research Grants are available for basic and clinical research aimed at developing a cure for spinal cord injury, as well as for postdoctoral fellowships for scientists wishing to specialize or train in the field of spinal cord injury research. Letters of Intent and applications must go through proposalCENTRAL and will be reviewed by the Foundation’s scientific review board. Final decisions are made by the Foundation’s board of directors.

Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation

Deadlines: March and September

Postdoctoral fellowship: Fellowship proposals will be considered in the following categories: basic, clinical, translational and population-based research; education programs in cancer prevention; early detection; behavioral intervention. Fellowships will be awarded for two years at $40,000 per year. There is a $50 application fee.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

Deadline for letter of intent: May and November

Research Fellowship Awards are offered to encourage the development of individuals with research potential to help them prepare for a career of independent basic and/or clinical investigation in the area of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Individuals who are already well established in the field of IBD research are not considered eligible for this award. Applicant must be employed by an institution (public non-profit, private non-profit or government) engaged in health care and/or health related research within the United States. Research is not restricted by citizenship; however, proof of legal work status is required. Applicant must hold an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent. Candidates holding M.D. degrees must have two years of post doctoral experience, one year of which must be documented research experience relevant to IBD. Applicants holding Ph.D.s must have at least one year of documented post-doctoral research relevant to IBD.

  • Total award: up to $58,250 per year
  • Duration of award: one to three years

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Deadline: September

Postdoctoral Research fellowships: These awards are offered to M.D.s, Ph.D.s, and M.D./Ph.D.s interested in conducting basic or clinical research related to cystic fibrosis. Awards are offered through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's network of research centers, or through individual applications submitted to the Foundation.
Stipends are $39,000 (first year), $40,100 (second year), and $42,300 (optional third year). Research expenses of $3,500 per year are available, as well. (Indirect costs not allowed.) U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required. #Postdoctoral_Research_Fellowships

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Deadlines: March and August

Fellowship Award

The Damon Runyon Fellowship Award supports the training of the brightest postdoctoral scientists as they embark upon their research careers. This funding enables them to be trained by established investigators in leading research laboratories across the country.

Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award

The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award supports the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with 'high risk/high reward' ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding.

Dana Foundation

Deadline: May

To be considered for a Dana Scholar award, candidates should be new faculty carrying out independent research, e.g., postdoctoral fellows transitioning to their first faculty position, as instructors or assistant professors (with one or no current R01 awards).

Department of Agriculture. National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Deadline: October

NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowships The goal of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Fellowships Grant Program is to strongly support the intellectual talent needed to meet the challenges facing the nation's agriculture and food systems. Meeting these challenges will require innovative approaches that bring together combinations of scientific disciplines in new ways. This means that scientists must be educated and prepared to work effectively across disciplines towards moving to solve problems. This program is established to bring new expertise into agriculture, forestry, and food sciences; and to facilitate the integration of new intellectual capital, scientific approaches, and innovative tools to address complex challenges. NIFA intends to accomplish these efforts by providing federal assistance through fellowships to emerging pre-and postdoctoral candidates. NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowships will support interdisciplinary projects across any of the three functions of the agricultural knowledge system (research, education, and/or extension) that address one or more of the following issues: (1) keep American agriculture competitive while ending world hunger; (2) improve nutrition and end childhood obesity; (3) improve food safety for all Americans; (4) secure America's energy future through renewable biofuels; and (5) mitigate and adapt agriculture to variations in climate. Postdoctoral Fellowship applications must not exceed $130,000 total (including institutional allowance) for project periods of 2 years.

Department of Defense

Career Transition Award (Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program)

Deadline for pre-application: March

The Career Transition Award supports TSC researchers during the transition from postdoctoral training to an independent position. This award will cover up to two years of postdoctoral training followed by up to two years of a faculty-level position. Under this award mechanism, the postdoctoral candidate is considered the Principal Investigator. Postdoctoral investigators with at least two years of postdoctoral experience are eligible to submit applications.

Postdoctoral Traineeship Award (Neurofibromatosis Research Program)

Deadline for pre-application: March

The Postdoctoral Traineeship Award will enable recent medical or other doctoral degree graduates to obtain the necessary experience to pursue an independent career in neurofibromatosis research. Candidates for this award should exhibit a strong desire to pursue a career in neurofibromatosis research. Under this award mechanism, the postdoctoral trainee is considered the Principal Investigator and, as such, should write the project narrative with appropriate direction from the mentor.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (Breast Cancer Research Program)

Deadline for pre-application: February

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Award supports exceptionally talented recent medical or other doctoral graduates in their pursuit of innovative, high-impact breast cancer research during their postdoctoral training and allows them to obtain the necessary experience for an independent career at the forefront of breast cancer research. Candidates for this award should exhibit a strong desire to pursue a career in breast cancer research. Under this award mechanism, the postdoctoral trainee is considered the Principal Investigator and, as such, should write the project narrative with appropriate direction from the mentor.

As of the application submission deadline, the PI must have been in the laboratory in which this research is to be performed for no more than 2 years, and he/she must have a total of less than 4 years of postdoctoral research experience (excluding clinical residency or fellowship training). The PI must successfully complete the requirements for a doctoral or medical degree by the time of award notification (September 2009).

Individuals, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status, may apply as long as they are employed by, or affiliated with, an eligible institution and meet the specific Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity requirements. Other programs are funded by the DOD throughout the year.

Dystonia Foundation

Deadline: December

Fellowships: A two-year Fellowship is designed to assist post-doctoral fellows establish careers in research relevant to dystonia. Funding for fellowships is $50,000 per year for two years.

The Foundation for AIDS Research

Deadline: September

Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research Each fellowship is funded at a total of up to $125,000 (phase I): A direct cost maximum of $110,000 is allowed for personnel (salary and fringe benefits) and other research-related expenses. It is expected that a Krim fellow will devote the decided majority of his or her time to the approved fellowship project. Personnel costs supported by the fellowship grant must represent a minimum of 85% effort and be consistent with institution policy for other institution personnel of similar rank and title, regardless of source(s) of support. An additional $3,636 is provided to support the direct costs of participation in activities designated by amfAR. Institutional indirect costs may not exceed 10% of direct costs. Contingent upon subsequent application and peer review, phase II funding for an additional 12 months may be approved to support basic biomedical HIV/AIDS research costs (up to $50,000 total cost) during the first year of a tenure-track position at any US or international nonprofit research institution.

Ellison Medical Foundation / AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows in Aging Research Program

Deadline: December

The program was developed to address the current concerns about an adequate funding base for postdoctoral fellows (both M.D.s and Ph.D.s) who conduct research in the fundamental mechanisms of aging. Postdoctoral fellows at all levels of training are eligible. Up to fifteen one-year fellowships ranging from $44,850 to $58,850 will be awarded.

Epilepsy Foundation

Deadline: August

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship develops academic physicians and scientists committed to research related to epilepsy. Applications are considered equally from individuals interested in acquiring experience either in basic laboratory research or in the conduct of human clinical studies. Physicians or Ph.D. neuroscientists who desire postdoctoral research experience are eligible to apply. ($45,000/year)

The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

For research in all the natural sciences, including physical, environmental, mathematical, computer, life sciences, anthropology, psychology, and statistics, with preference given to applications in the areas of food science, nutrition, and toxicology.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Deadline: March

Postdoctoral Professional Development and Enrichment Award: Awards are available to provide resources to support the development and enrichment of leadership skills and training of postdoctoral fellows or new (within one-year) assistant professors.

The FASEB Postdoctoral Professional Development and Enrichment Award (sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health) was established to recognize outstanding achievement by six early stage life scientists from underrepresented minority groups. Individuals eligible for nomination are:

  • U.S.A. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.A. from an ethnic minority group recognized as being underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences,
  • Members of a FASEB society and
  • Are at a relatively early career stage, defined as a minimum of two-to-five years of postdoctoral research training, or a new (within one-year) assistant professor.

FRAXA Research Foundation

Deadline for letter of intent: January

FRAXA's grants and fellowships program aims to encourage research aimed at finding a specific treatment for fragile X syndrome. FRAXA's 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. $45,000 per year for 2 years (for salary, fringe benefits, & consumable costs).

The Goldhirsh Foundation - Brain Tumor Research Awards

Program Officer: Linda Lam 617-279-2240 ext. 710

The Goldhirsh Foundation provides strategic investment in brain tumor research to accelerate progress toward more effective treatment for malignant diffuse glioma tumors. The foundation supports investigators working in the continuum between basic research and clinical application, integrating and translating knowledge in various disciplines into meaningful progress for patients. Examples of funding areas include but are not limited to oncogenomics and proteomics, genetically engineered models, the discovery and testing of small molecule therapies, unusual drug delivery systems, or improved brain imaging techniques. The foundation also encourages submission of research projects at the interface of developmental biology and cancer along the stem cell to glial axis. Three-year grants of $600,000 (inclusive of 10 percent indirect costs) and one-year grants of $100,000 (inclusive of 10 percent indirect costs) are awarded to investigators with a faculty appointment at a non-profit academic or research institution in the United States or Canada.

The 2009 application deadline has closed. The next application deadline will be in January 2010 for awards beginning on July 1, 2010.

Updated application guidelines and online submission are available at

The Heart Rhythm Society

The Heart Rhythm Society Research Fellowships are awarded to individuals seeking specialty education and experience in the early phase of their EP training. The Society's program is designed to assist the awardees in initiating careers in basic and/or clinical electrophysiology research while obtaining significant research results. Applicants should be intent on pursuing a career in independent research and interested in additional training under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor prior to a career in independent research.

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation

Deadline: July

Originally established to stimulate and support research in the area of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, the foundation later expanded its interests to include diseases of connective tissue and, ultimately, all basic biomedical sciences.

Hereditary Disease Foundation

Deadlines: February, June, and October

Postdoctoral Fellowships: The Hereditary Disease Foundation offers support for research projects that will contribute to identifying and understanding the basic defect of Huntington's disease. Areas of interest include trinucleotide expansions, animal models, gene therapy, neurobiology and development of the basal ganglia, cell survival and death, and intercellular signaling in striatal neurons.

Human Frontiers Science Program

Long-term Fellowships provide young scientists with up to three years of postdoctoral research training in an outstanding laboratory in another country. The third year of the Long-Term Fellowship can be used either for repatriation to the fellow's country or in the host laboratory. The fellowships provide approximately $US 45,000 per year, including allowances for travel and research expenses. To be eligible, a fellow must either come from or go to a member country. Long-term fellows who return to their home country at the end of the fellowship may apply for the competitive Career Development Award.

Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships: Cross-disciplinary fellowships are intended for postdoctoral fellows with a Ph.D. degree in the physical sciences, chemistry, mathematics, engineering and computer sciences who wish to receive training in biology. The conditions are the same as for the Long-Term Fellowships.

Short-term Fellowships enable researchers to move into new areas by learning state-of-the-art techniques in use abroad or by establishing new research collaborations. These fellowships can last from two weeks to three months in a foreign country. To be eligible, a fellow must either come from or go to a member country.

Career Development Awards: Long-Term Fellows and Cross-Disciplinary Fellows who return to their home country at the end of the fellowship are eligible to apply for the Career Development Award. This award provides $300,000 over three years. Eligible HFSP Fellows will receive information in good time to apply for the award.

Human Growth Foundation

Deadline for letter of intent: May

Small Grants Program: Postdoctoral research only.

HGF will only consider topics relevant to human growth and development, including but not limited to areas of biology, psychosocial, and nutrition, with special consideration given for the chondrodystrophies.

Amounts awarded will be $10,000 each.

Infectious Diseases Society of America

Deadline: February

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Infectious Diseases

Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to individuals who are enrolled in accredited graduate training programs in infectious diseases. The fellowships are provided on a competitive basis. Selection criteria will include but not be limited to the applicant's scholarship performance and professional qualifications, scientific merit of the proposed project, validity of the research rationale, and adequacy of the facilities available to the applicant. Postdoctoral fellows who hold another comparable fellowship are not eligible. Applicants and their sponsors must be members of IDSA unless otherwise noted.

Young Investigator Awards

Young Investigator Awards are for junior faculty members only. Candidates for Young Investigator Awards must have a medical or equivalent doctoral level degree and should not be more than three years out of a training program. The candidates also must be assured of a faculty position at a U.S. institution. The awards are provided on a competitive basis. Selection of awardees includes consideration of each applicant's commitment to clinical and laboratory investigation, the research program envisioned by the applicant, and creativity, originality, and excellence in prior performance. Priority will be given to qualified investigators without active grant support. Researchers with R01 grants are not eligible for Young Investigator Awards, but those with K grants may apply. Applicants and their sponsors must be members of IDSA.

The Intelligence Community

Deadline: January

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: The Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program was established in 2000 to fund basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence community. Today, the program annually funds first- and second-year postdoctoral fellows researching topics as varied as molecular biology and robotics.

The IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program ensures that the IC research agenda addresses issues critical to effective intelligence capabilities. Every year, senior scientists in the intelligence community identify research topics covering a range of disciplines. Principal investigators submit research proposals and, once selected, partner with a qualified postdoctoral fellow and an advisor in the intelligence community to research the designated topic. Together, they produce state-of-the-art research while creating invaluable relationships for the future. Postdoctoral fellows must be U.S. citizens; must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, non-profit research institution, or selected national laboratory; and must have completed their Ph.D. by the time of award.

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Deadline: January

Funding for IASLC fellowship and young investigator awards provides for training of fellows and young investigators who wish to pursue a career in diagnosis, treatment, laboratory research or other aspects of lung tumors.

IASLC Fellowships and young investigator awards are granted for two years. The stipend for an IASLC grant is $40,000 per year. Funding for the second year is contingent upon a satisfactory progress report at the 1 year mark.

Fellowship Awards

Fellowship support should be requested by a Principal Investigator who applies on behalf of a designated candidate. The Principal Investigator must be a member of the IASLC. A Principal Investigator can only apply for one candidate. The work proposed by the fellow must be conducted at the PI's institution. Funding for fellowships will be given at the post-doctoral level. The first year of the award the candidate must be an M.D. in fellowship training or its equivalent or a Ph.D. in postdoctoral training < three years.

Young Investigator Awards

The applicant (M.D. or Ph.D.) must be within 3 years of initial faculty appointment of the time of application and within three years of completion of fellowship/post-doctoral training. The applicant must be a member of the IASLC.

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund

Deadline: February

The fund awards fellowships to suitably qualified individuals for full time postdoctoral studies in the medical and related sciences bearing on cancer.

Applicants in general should not have more than one year of postdoctoral experience. They must hold either the M.D. degree or the Ph.D. degree in the field in which they propose to study or furnish evidence of equivalent training and experience.

The appointment will normally be for three years. Applicants may be citizens of any country, but for foreign nationals, awards will be made only for study in the U.S. American citizens may hold a fellowship either in the United States or in a foreign country.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Deadline: July

As the leading charitable funder of diabetes research worldwide, JDRF offers a wide variety of grants and fellowships to qualified researchers.

  • Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Career Development Award

Larry L. Hillblom Foundation

Fellowship grant: The Fellowship Grant is intended to enable Qualified Institutions to provide post-doctoral research fellowship training to qualified applicants in one of the two areas of stated interest to the Hillblom Foundation.
Funding Areas: Aging, Diabetes
Maximum Funding: $60,000 per year
Duration of the Award: Up to three (3) years, subject to annual Foundation approval, non-renewable
Start-up grant: The Hillblom Foundation offers grants to qualified researchers to initiate independent research careers in one of the two areas of stated interest to the Hillblom Foundation.
Funding Areas: Aging, Diabetes
Maximum Funding: $70,000 per year
Duration of the Award: Up to Three (3) years, subject to annual Foundation approval, non-renewable

The Life Sciences Research Foundation

Three-year fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to graduates of medical and graduate schools in the biological sciences holding M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M. or D.D.S. degrees. Awards will be based solely on the quality of the individual applicant's previous accomplishments, and on the merit of the proposal for postdoctoral research. Persons doing a second postdoc are eligible only if they are transferring to a different supervisor's laboratory and embarking on a new project not connected to their previous research. All U.S. citizens are eligible to apply with no geographic restriction on the laboratory of their choice. Foreign applicants will be eligible for study in U.S. laboratories.

L'Oréal USA

Deadline: October

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Women in Science

The L'Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science program is a national awards program that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each that they must put towards their post-doctoral research.

Launched in 2003 as the U.S. component of the UNESCO-L'ORÉAL for Women in Science International Fellowship program, the U.S. Fellowships aim to:

  • Raise awareness of the contributions of women to the sciences
  • Identify exceptional female researchers in the U.S. to serve as role models for younger generations.

An inter-disciplinary panel of scientists reviews all applications submitted. The top candidates chosen by the review panel are then forwarded for final selection to a distinguished jury of career scientists and former L'ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureates, presided over by Ralph J. Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences. The jury seeks candidates with exceptional academic records and intellectual merit, clearly articulated research proposals with the potential for scientific advancement and outstanding letters of recommendation from advisers.

Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents at the time of application submission. Only applicants with a completed Ph.D. at the time of application are eligible.

Applicants must be involved in the life, physical/material sciences, engineering, technology, computer science or mathematics. Additional eligible areas include: immunology, all areas of chemistry, earth science and medical research.

International postdoctoral awards

Each year since 2000, as part of the L'ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science partnership, 15 international fellowships are allocated to young women researchers in the life sciences, at the doctoral or post-doctoral level, whose promising projects have been accepted by a reputable institution outside their home country.

The Lymphatic Research Foundation Awards Programs

Program Officer: Jeanne Brown 617-279-2240 ext. 709

In support of the Lymphatic Research Foundation's mission to promote and support basic and translational research, and to foster an interdisciplinary field of research that will result in improved understanding and/or advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lymphedema, lymphangiomas, lymphangiectasias, cystic hygromas, mixed vascular disorders and other lymphatic disorders, LRF offers two grant programs . The Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards Programs is part of LRF's effort to help establish a substantial infrastructure that can support such research.

Lymphoma Research Foundation


Postdoctoral fellowships: These two-year fellowships help attract the nation's best scientific talent to careers in lymphoma and allow them to pursue promising leads under the guidance of a sponsor. Applicants must be affiliated with an institution in the U.S. or Canada. Up to 10 fellowships may be awarded, each at $50,000 in year one, and $55,000 in year two.

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

Deadline: October

Post-Doctoral Fellowship: A qualified candidate desiring training in Myasthenia Gravis research first finds a scientist with an established research program who will agree to serve as a mentor and supervise the proposed research plan. The research plan can be basic or clinical research. The Research Committee is appointed by the chair of the Medical Advisory Board. Scientists are chosen for this committee on the basis of their ability and their special knowledge and experience in Myasthenia Gravis. This twelve-month post-doctoral fellowship is awarded for clinical or basic research related to MG or related neuromuscular disorders. Research may be concerned with the neuromuscular transmission, immunology, molecular or cell biology of the neuromuscular synapse, or the etiology/pathology or diagnosis of MG.

Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation

Deadline: September

Postdoctoral Fellowships: The M.D.F announces the solicitation for fellowship applications and will consider proposals for clinical, basic or applied research in any of the following areas:

  • Pathogenesis of myotonic dystrophy
  • Studies of disease progression that are necessary steps toward therapeutic trials
  • Best practices and clinical management of myotonic dystrophy
  • Therapeutic and diagnostic development

Applicants must have received a Ph.D., M.D., or D.O. degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Research supported by this award must be carried out in the United States. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or foreign nationals with appropriate visa are eligible for these awards.


Deadline: July

Young Investigator Awards: NARSAD's Young Investigator Award Program provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. One and two year awards up to $30,000 per year are provided to enable promising investigators 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 psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or child and adolescent psychiatric disorders.

The National Academies

Deadline: November

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching: The postdoctoral fellowships provide one year of support for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.

Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Awards will be made for study in the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, urban planning, and women's studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice.

National Ataxia Foundation

  • Deadline for pre-submission: August
  • Deadline for application: September

Research Fellowship Awards

NAF research awards are for new and innovative studies that are relevant to the cause, pathogenesis or treatment of the hereditary or sporadic ataxias. Post-doctoral fellowship awards are to serve as a bridge from post-doctoral positions to junior faculty positions. Applicants should have completed at least one year of post-doctoral training, but not more than two at the time of application, and should have shown a commitment to research in the field of ataxia. The award will permit individuals to spend an additional third year in a post-doctoral position and increase chances to establish an independent ataxia research program. A letter from the mentor should outline a program of studies for the applicant, and delineate the candidate's future plans. It is anticipated that the average funds granted will be in the $35,000 to $45,000 range.

Young Investigator Award

Young Investigator awards are to encourage young clinical and scientific investigators to pursue a career in the field of ataxia research. The intent of this award is to fund only those studies in the field of Friedreich's ataxia and Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA 3). It is our hope that ataxia research will be invigorated by the work of young, talented individuals supported by stable multi-year funding. Candidates must have attained an M.D. or Ph.D. degree, and have an appointment as a junior faculty member. Individuals at the Associate Professor level are not eligible. Clinicians must have finished their residency no more than five years prior to applying. Each recipient will receive $50,000 per year for two years.

National Hemophilia Foundation

Deadline for letter of intent: November

Judith Graham Pool Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Applicants must have completed doctoral training and must enter the JGP fellowship program from a doctoral, postdoctoral, internship or residency training program. Established investigators or faculty members are not eligible. Applicants must be affiliated with domestic organizations such as universities, colleges, hospitals and laboratories. US citizenship is not required.

Permissible research topics include clinical or basic research on the biochemical, genetic, hematologic, orthopedic, psychiatric or dental aspects of the hemophilias or von Willebrand disease. Other topics include rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, psychosocial issues, women's health issues, liver disease, or AIDS/HIV as they pertain to the hemophilias or von Willebrand disease.

NHF awards up to two fellowships per year of $42,000, up to two years.

National Kidney Foundation

Deadline: December

The intent of the National Kidney Foundation is to fund the most meritorious research projects within budgetary constraints imposed by the limits of the programmatic areas of the NKF. Both basic and clinical research activities will be funded, after careful and balanced peer review by appropriate review committees.

National Institutes of Health

Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00): will provide up to five years of support consisting of two phases. The initial phase will provide one-two years of mentored support for highly promising, postdoctoral research scientists. This phase will be followed by up to three years of independent support contingent on securing an independent research position. Award recipients will be expected to compete successfully for independent R01 support from the NIH during the career transition award period. The PI Award is limited to postdoctoral trainees who propose research relevant to the mission of one or more of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

To move closer toward a world free of MS, the National MS Society provides a broad spectrum of financial support for research to prevent, treat and cure multiple sclerosis. The funding programs fuel novel ideas, foster collaborations and provide training opportunities in these and other areas of research emphasis: immunologic basis of MS; CNS repair and neuroprotection; biology of glia/myelin; genetics and gender differences; understanding and preventing disease progression; infectious triggers and risk factors; cognitive and psychosocial issues; patient management, care and rehabilitation; pathology of MS; clinical trials; health care delivery and policy; measures of disease activity, imaging, surrogate and biomarkers.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Research projects from one-three years by investigators working under the mentorship of senior scientists
  • Deadline: pre-application in March; full application in August.

Career Transition Fellowship

Awards up to five years to facilitate the advancement of promising young fellows into full faculty positions

National Science Foundation

The Directorate for Biological Sciences awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas of biology supported by BIO to encourage independence early in their research careers and to permit them 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. With this solicitation, BIO is establishing a program solicitation for announcing selected areas for its postdoctoral research fellowships. Currently the BIO programs are: Broadening Participation of Under-represented Groups in Biology and Biological Informatics. It is expected that in future years, these areas will change as new scientific and infrastructure opportunities present themselves; and this solicitation will be changed to reflect the areas being funded. The fellowships are also designed to provide active mentoring of the fellows by the sponsoring scientists who will benefit from having additional members in their research groups. The research and training plan of each fellowship must address important scientific questions in contemporary biology within the scope of the BIO Directorate and the specific guidelines in this fellowship program solicitation.

National Tourette Syndrome Association

Deadline for letter of intent: October

Postdoctoral Fellowships: Any research study that has the potential to contribute to the understanding of Tourette Syndrome, including genetics, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, clinical studies and animal model development.

Candidates must have a M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent. Previous experience in the field of movement disorders is desirable, but not essential. Applicants may reside outside the U.S.

Funding level: up to $40,000 for one year.

Parker B. Francis Fellowship in Pulmonary Research

The Parker B. Francis Fellowship in Pulmonary Research is intended to support the development of outstanding investigators who plan careers in pulmonary and critical care medicine. We seek to help them as they make the transition to independent, self-supporting, faculty members.

Parker B. Francis Fellowship grants are awarded to institutions for the purpose of providing stipends, fringe benefits, and modest travel expenses in support of qualified post-doctoral fellows or newly appointed assistant professors. Award recipients will thereby be enabled to devote the major part of their professional effort to research related to pulmonary disease and lung biology.

Grants are made for three years of support. It is permissible to maintain support for the awardee as he or she moves from fellowship to faculty status. Awards are made to institutions on behalf of the fellows and can be transferred to other institutions only under special circumstances with prior approval from the director of the Fellowship Program.
Most successful candidates have two-to-five years of research experience at the time of fellowship application. Candidates with fewer years of research experience are usually not competitive. Candidates with greater than seven years of research experience are discouraged

Parkinson's Disease Foundation

Deadline: February

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Basic Scientists

The Postdoctoral Fellowships for basic scientists are one-year fellowships for young scientists, fresh from their Ph.D. training, to study at major research institutions.

The program grants funding in the amount of $40,000 for one year as well as a research allowance of $5,000 to be used at the discretion of the Fellow, with approval of the sponsor/mentor, to pay for such items as books, training courses, travel costs (up to $2,000) or a computer. There is no provision for the deduction of postdoctoral taxes, institutional overhead or fees. However, if the Fellow submits a written request, $3,000 of the research allowance may be used to defray the cost of premiums for health insurance. Fellows may competitively reapply for continued funding after their first year for a total of three years of support. In these instances, a progress report of the current research would be due along with the new application. The applicant must have completed a Ph.D. or M.D. and identify a research mentor who will serve as mentor for the fellow and supervisor of the research.

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Neurologists

For young clinicians who have completed their neurology residency and are seeking clinical research experience, PDF offers the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Neurologists, one-year awards in the amount of $55,000.

Similar to the Fellowship for Basic Scientists, a research allowance of $5,000 may be used at the discretion of the Fellow, with approval of the mentor, to pay for such items as books, training courses, travel costs (up to $2,000) or a computer. There is no provision for the deduction of postdoctoral taxes, institutional overhead or fees. However, if the Fellow submits a written request, $3,000 of the research allowance may be used to defray the cost of premiums for health insurance.

Fellows may competitively reapply for continued funding after their first year for a total of three years of support. In these instances, a progress report of the current research would be due along with the new application. Applicants seeking a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Neurologists must have an M.D. and be completing or have completed a neurology residency. Applicants may not have their own lab.

Prostate Cancer Foundation

Deadline: April

Young Investigator Award: The awards will be three years in duration and will provide $75,000 per year. Awarded funds may be used flexibly to advance the career and research efforts of the awardee. Mentorship is required for every PCF Young Investigator applicant and grantee. Young Investigator awardees and their mentors will be invited to the annual PCF Scientific Retreat in Lake Tahoe.

Applicants need not be trained specifically in clinical prostate cancer research. However, successful applicants should be working in a research environment capable of supporting potentially high impact prostate cancer research. Access to and interaction with a clinical environment and translational prostate cancer physician-scientists is highly desirable. Applications are encouraged from early-career basic scientists, medical oncologists, pathologists, urologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, public health experts, or professionals from other medical research disciplines.

Scleroderma Research Foundation

Deadline: November

Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards: The Scleroderma Research Foundation is dedicated to bringing talented early career scientists to the field of scleroderma research. Two-year postdoctoral fellowships in scleroderma research will be granted to candidates who have received their M.D. degree or Ph.D. degree from a U.S. medical or graduate school or equivalent educational institution. In considering candidates, emphasis will be on the quality of the research proposal and demonstrated commitment to scleroderma research.

Sigma Delta Epsilon Graduate Women in Science

The SDE/GWIS National Fellowships Program is proud to offer fellowships to help increase knowledge in the fundamental sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. Endowment funds, mostly generated from bequests, provide the annual income that supports scientific research done by SDE/GWIS award winners.

UNCF-Merck Science Initiative

Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships intended to provide support to African American post-graduate students to obtain postdoctoral training and to prepare for a career in biomedical research.

Each fellowship provides a maximum of $85,000, which includes a stipend of up to $70,000 and a research grant of up to $15,000 to the hosting department. The stipend is intended to provide 12-24 months of fellowship tenure. A maximum of $50,000 of stipend may be received in any 12 month period. The research grant is intended to support the research needs of the Fellow.

To be considered for a UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship, you must be African American (Black), have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a life or physical science by the end of academic year, be appointed as a new or continuing postdoctoral fellow by the end of the calendar year at an academic or nonacademic research institution in the U.S. (private industrial laboratories are excluded). This postdoctoral appointment must be for a minimum of 12 months. Citizens or permanent residents of the United States only.