Postdoctoral Fellowships

External Postdoctoral Fellowship Information

We strongly encourage postdoctoral fellows to apply for external funding. Having a fellowship will make you more competitive when you apply for your next job. You should consider applications to postdoctoral fellowships as well as travel awards to professional meetings. This listing below, arranged by application deadline, highlights many of the fellowships available. Please note that some fellowships are available only to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents, while others are also available to international students.

For international opportunities, please also see the NIH Fogarty International Center’s list of fellowships.

Use PIVOT to do your own search! See how these searches were done below, and feel free to tailor your search. Please contact Laura Radville at lradville@gwu.edu to report any updates or errors in these listings.
 

January
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) Research Grants
The ABTA funds researchers studying brain tumor diagnosis, treatment, and care, with the goal of finding a cure.
$100,000 January 10
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)- Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program
This fellowship supports diversity in the biomedical research workforce. Applicants may have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience. Applicants must come from underrepresented groups in the life sciences.
$60,000 stipend
and $20,000 expenses
January 10
Hope Funds for Cancer Research- Postdoctoral Fellowship
This fellowship supports research of difficult-to-treat cancers, including pancreatic, lung, liver, sarcomas, esophageal, brain, gastric, bone and ovarian cancers, rare leukemias, lymphomas, and MDS.
$150,000 January 14
American Psychological Association (APA)- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
The fellowships support postdoctoral fellows studying behavioral health or psychological well-being of ethnic minorities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or noncitizen nationals.
TBA January 15
Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)- Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) This fellowship supports researchers from underrepresented minorities. Applicants must be within the first 3 years of postdoctoral research and be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. $60,000 January 16
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)- Basic Cancer Research Fellowships These grants support postdoctoral researchers committed to understanding, preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer. $50,000 January 22
Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (PKD Foundation)- Foundation Fellowships This fellowship supports research in polycystic kidney disease, focusing on the physiological, biochemical and genetic mechanisms of this disease. Applicants must have less than three years postdoctoral training. $160,000 January 31
February
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)- Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women
These fellowships support postdoctoral women in microbiology.
$1,500 February 1
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine- NRC Research Associateship Programs
This program offers postdoctoral opportunities at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
TBA February 1 May 1 August 1 November 1
Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research- Postdoctoral Fellowship
These fellowships support fellows in cancer research. Applicants should have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience.
$52,500/year for 3 years February 1
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, Inc. (PhRMA Foundation)- Health Outcomes Post Doctoral Fellowships
The fellowships seek to support scientists conducting research that will strengthen representation of health outcomes in schools of pharmacy, medicine, nursing, and public health.
$110,000 February 1
NSF Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
These fellowships support researchers within 5 years of the conferral of their doctoral degree.
$400,000 February 2
L'Oreal Group- For Women in Science Fellowship Program
This fellowship supports women postdoctoral scientists in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
$60,000 February 3
American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowship
This fellowship supports early-career scientists with an interest in psychoanalysis and its relation to their primary field.
TBA February 5
NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)
This program supports the transition of postdoctoral researchers to independent faculty positions.
TBA February 12 June 12 October 12
Tourette Association of America- Fellowship Program
This program supports fellows conducting basic and clinical research on Tourette syndrome.
$50,000 February 12
National Marfan Foundation (NMF)- Victor A. McKusick Fellowship Program
The program supports researchers conducting basic, translational, or clinical research on Marfan syndrome and related disorders.
$100,000 February 17
Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program- Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
This program supports postdoctoral fellows conducting research related to one of the research priorities of the foundation.
$60,000/year for 3 years February 28
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)- Postdoctoral Molecular Imaging Scholar Program
This program supports 2 years of research in molecular imaging. Applicants must be no more than 2 years post-PhD.
$65,000 February 28
March
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Prostate Cancer Foundation
The foundation supports early-career investigators researching prostate cancer.
$75,000/year for 3 years March (anticipated)
American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS)- PFD Research Foundation and ICA IC/PBS Research Grant
This grant supports fellows conducting research related to interstitial cystitis. Applicants must currently be in a postdoctoral fellowship program.
$25,000 March 1
Thrasher Research Fund- Early Career Awards
This program supports medical research in child health. Applicants must have received doctoral degree within the past three years.
$25,000 March 13
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation- Fellowship Award
The fellowship supports theoretical and experimental research relevant to cancer and cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Applicants must have received PhD between April 15, 2017 and March 15, 2018.
$58,000/year for 4 years March 15
April
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
American Cancer Society- Postdoctoral fellowship
This award supports postdoctoral fellows in cancer research. This includes basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, epidemiology, health services and health policy research.
$162,000 April 1 October 16
Cancer Research Institute (CRI)- Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Postdoctoral fellowships support immunologists and cancer immunologists.
$175,500 April 2
National Institutes of Health (NIH)- NINDS Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Training of Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)
Postdoctoral fellowships support immunologists and cancer immunologists.
TBA April 8 August 8 December 8
American Diabetes Association (ADA)- Core Program - Training Awards - Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship (PMF)
This fellowship supports minority postdoctoral researchers conducting diabetes research. Applicants must be from underrepresented minority in biomedical research and must be within 10 years of receiving PhD.
$55,581/year for 3 years; $10,000/year training and fringe April 17
May
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Hartwell Foundation- Postdoctoral Fellowships
This fellowship supports early-career biomedical researchers studying at selected research facilities in the U.S. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
$50,000 stipend for 2 years May
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine- NRC Research Associateship Programs
This program offers postdoctoral opportunities at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
$50,000 stipend for 2 years February 1 May 1
August 1
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)- Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)
This is a 2-year training program in applied epidemiology. Areas include infectious diseases, chronic diseases, injury prevention, environmental health, or occupational health.
TBA May 1 (anticipated)
Society for Neuroscience (SfN)- Neuroscience Scholars Program
This is a two-year training program for underrepresented neuroscience postdoctoral researchers. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
$1,500 May 24
Society for Neuroscience (SfN)- Neuroscience Scholars Program
The fellowship supports pre-clinical or basic research on bleeding disorders.
TBA May 31
June
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Prevent Cancer Foundation- Fellowships
This fellowship supports cancer prevention research.
TBA June (anticipated)
NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)
This program supports the transition of postdoctoral researchers to independent faculty positions.
TBA February 12 June 12 October 12
American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)- Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging
This fellowship supports postdoctoral research focused on translational research of human aging.
$60,000 June 16
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International- Postdoctoral Fellowships
This fellowships support researchers in type 1 diabetes (T1D).
$69,060/year for 3 years June 28 (anticipated)
Prevent Cancer Foundation- Grant and Fellowship Program
This program supports fellowships in basic, clinical, translational, and population-based research projects; education programs in cancer prevention; early detection project; and behavioral intervention projects.
$100,000 June 29
Whitney Foundation, Helen Hay- Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
The fellowship supports postdoctoral training in basic biomedical research. Applicants may have no more than one year of postdoctoral training.
$163,000 June 30
July
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)- Postdoctoral Fellowships
These fellowships support postdoctoral research in microbiology.
TBA July 1
Susan G. Komen- Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Grants - Basic and Translational Research
These grants support breast cancer researchers. Applicants must be no more than 4 years post- PhD.
$180,000 July 14
Susan G. Komen-Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Grants - Clinical Research
These grants fund breast cancer researchers. Applicants must be no more than 4 years post- PhD.
$120,000-$180,000 July 14
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation- Psychosocial Research Grants (PSR) - PSR Postdoctoral Fellowships
This fellowship supports psychosocial research leading to improved outcomes and quality of life for spinal cord injury.
$150,000 July 19
August
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine- NRC Research Associateship Programs
This program offers postdoctoral opportunities at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
TBA February 1 May 1 August 1 November 1
National Institutes of Health (NIH)- NINDS Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Training of Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)
This award supports postdoctoral candidates conducting biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research. Candidates may apply anytime from 12 months prior to proposed postdoctoral position to 12 months after starting the postdoctoral position.
TBA April 8 August 8 December 8
National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)- Training Grants and Fellowships: Postdoctoral Fellowships
The fellowship supports research in Multiple Sclerosis, including fundamental and applied studies, non-clinical or clinical, and patient management, care, and rehabilitation.
TBA August 16
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (TS Alliance)- Research Grants Program
The fellowships support basic or translational research relevant to TSC.
$150,000 August 21
NIH Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP)
This fellowship supports cancer research. Applicants must have less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience and be U.S. citizens.
TBA August 25
September
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, Inc. (PhRMA Foundation)- Informatics - Post Doctoral Fellowships
The awards support research that integrates information technology with genetics/proteomics, molecular systems biology, medical pathways and networks, pharmaco- integrative biology, population modeling and simulation, novel approaches to the analysis of big data, and genomics molecular epidemiology. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
$80,000 September 1
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, Inc. (PhRMA Foundation)- Pharmacology/Toxicology - Post Doctoral Fellowship
This fellowship provides support for research in pharmacology or toxicology. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
$80,000 September 1
Leukemia Society of America- Career Development Program
This program supports postdoctoral fellows studying hematologic malignancies and relevant premalignant conditions.
$125,000 per year for five years September 1 (anticipated)
Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF)- Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grants
The program develops scientists conducting research related to Dravet syndrome and associated ion channel epilepsies.
$50,000 September 5 (anticipated)
Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF)- Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grants
This award facilitates career transition from postdoc to faculty for researchers studying Cystic Fibrosis. It supports fellows for 3 years as a postdoctoral researcher and 2 years as an independent researcher.
$300,500 September 13
American Urological Association (AUA)- Research Scholar Awards
Funding is available for research training in all urologic disease areas and across all research types: basic, translational, clinical, and health services/outcomes. Applicants must be within five years of completing their PhD.
$80,000 September 13
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF)- Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant
This grant supports orthopaedics research in the fields of bioengineering, biology, clinical science, and translational research. Research may include basic, translational, or clinical research.
$50,000 September 15
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF)- Psychosocial Grant Program
ALSF supports studies that examine psychosocial outcomes of those affected by childhood cancer. Applicants must be within 7 years of receiving PhD.
$100,000 September 18
American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA)- Basic Research Fellowship Program
This program supports postdoctoral fellows conducting brain tumor research.
$100,000 September 18
October
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
American Association of Anatomists (AAA)- Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The program supports postdoctoral research in a field of biology relevant to anatomy.
$20,000 October 2
NIH Intramural NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program (Fi2)
This program supports postdoctoral fellows in basic biomedical science. This includes cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, computational biology, technology development, and bioinformatics. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
TBA October 3
NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)
This program supports the transition of postdoctoral researchers to independent faculty positions.
TBA February 12 June 12 October 12
American Cancer Society- Postdoctoral fellowship
This award supports postdoctoral fellows in cancer research. This includes basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, epidemiology, health services and health policy research.
$162,000 April 1 October 16
BrightFocus Foundation: Alzheimer's Disease Research (ADR)- Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
Fellowships are awarded for research in the treatment, prevention, or cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
$150,000 October 18
November
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine- NRC Research Associateship Programs
This program offers postdoctoral opportunities at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
TBA February 1 May 1 August 1 November 1
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)- Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
In these fellowships, scientists learn about policymaking and contribute their skills to the federal policymaking process.
$75,000 to $100,000/year November 1
American Heart Association (AHA)- Uncovering New Patterns Fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke
This fellowship supports fellows studying cardiovascular diseases and stroke and cloud computing.
$150,000 November 1
American Heart Association- Postdoctoral Fellowship
This fellowship supports all research related to cardiovascular function, and disease and stroke, and related clinical, behavioral, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems.
$51,484 - $125,120 November 2 (anticipated)
American Association of University Women (AAUW)- Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships
These fellowships support a year of independent research. Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens.
$30,000 American Fellows: November 15
Fight for Sight Postdoctoral Awards
These awards support postdoctoral fellows in basic or clinical research in ophthalmology, vision, or related sciences.
$22,500 November 15
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)- Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Innovation Grants
This fellowship supports applications that address research priorities of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, which includes pain and suicide and opioids and suicide in 2017-2019.
$46,000/year November 15
NCL Foundation Research Award
The foundation supports research that seeks to cure childhood dementia caused by mutations in the CLN3 gene.
TBA November 30 (anticipated)
NIH Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Awards (IRTAs) and Visiting Fellows
This fellowship supports postdoctoral research at one of the NIH laboratories. Research areas include bioinformatics, biophysics, epidemiology, immunology, cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, health sciences, structural biology, sensory and communication neuroscience, molecular pathology, biobehavioral research, and developmental biology. Applicants may have no more than 5 years postdoctoral research.
TBA Continuous
December
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine- NRC Research Associateship Programs
This program offers postdoctoral opportunities at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
TBA February 1 May 1 August 1 November 1
Fellowship  Funding Amount 2017-2018 Deadlines
Autism Science Foundation
ASF funds postdoctoral fellows pursuing careers in basic and clinical research related to autism spectrum disorders.
$35,000 December 1 (anticipated)
Smithsonian Institution (SI)- The George Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine and Affiliated Theoretic Science
These fellowships support researchers in any discipline of health and medicine. The recipient must be in residence at the Smithsonian Institution.
$60,000 December 1 (anticipated)
American Association of University Women (AAUW)- Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships
These fellowships support a year of independent research. Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens.
$30,000 International Fellows: December 1
United States Department of Defense (DOD)- Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) - Breakthrough Fellowship Award
The award supports recent PhD graduates conducting breast cancer research. Applicants may have no more than 2 years postdoctoral experience.
TBA December 6 (anticipated)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)- NINDS Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Training of Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)
This award supports postdoctoral candidates conducting biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research. Candidates may apply anytime from 12 months prior to proposed postdoctoral position to 12 months after starting the postdoctoral position.
$55,000/year for 2 years April 8 August 8 December 8
Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF)- Postdoctoral Fellowship
The foundation supports scleroderma research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
$110,000 December 15 (anticipated)
Hecht-Levi Fellowship Program in Bioethics
This fellowship supports postdoctoral fellows in bioethics.
TBA December 15 (anticipated)
American Lung Association (ALA)- Senior Research Training Fellowship (RT)
This fellowship supports postdoctoral researchers who study the mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology. Applicants must not have previously held a postdoctoral position.
$32,500 December 21 (anticipated)

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This list was last updated in December 2017