Postdoctoral Grants & Fellowships

A resource list of some grants and fellowships applicable to biomolecular science and engineering.

Programs especially interested in applications from underrepresented groups, such as women, people with disabilities, and people from minority groups, are marked with this logo:

Programs at UCSC

Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS)
At UCSC and King’s College London
The CILS program supports research and develops leadership in the study of informal science learning and institutions, and their relationships to K-12 schools. A collaboration between The Exploratorium, UCSC, and King’s College London, the CILS program is funded by the National Science Foundation. The program has two components: PhD sponsorship and a more limited fellows program, which are geared to prepare grad students to understand how science is learned and taught to school aged children.

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
University of California—system-wide
This program is open to all qualified candidates who are committed to university careers in research, teaching, and service that will enhance the diversity of the academic community at the University of California. For fellowships in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and pofessions, the program will prefer candidates whose research emphasizes issues such as diversity, multi-culturalism and communities underserved by traditional academic research. For fellowships in math, engineering, life science and physical science, the program will prefer candidates with a demonstrated record of mentoring or outreach activities that promote access and opportunity in higher education.

Programs offered by other institutions

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
These awards are for researchers whose doctoral training is in one of the physical, chemical or computational sciences and who intend to pursue academic research doing work that addresses biological questions.

California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
Offered by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships place professional scientists and engineers in the California State Legislature for one-year appointments. The fellowships are ideal for qualified applicants who are interested in improving the interface between science and legislative decision-making and who want to learn the public policy decision-making process.

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowships
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship encourages theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies, and prevention. The fellowship is for three years, with second- and third-year funding based on satisfactory progress reports. The fellowships are open to both US and foreign citizens; foreign citizens must do their research in the United States.

Dan David Prize scholarships
The Dan David Prize laureates annually donate twenty scholarships of US$15,000 each to outstanding doctoral and postdoctoral students of exceptional promise in the chosen fields for the current year. Ten scholarships are awarded to doctoral and post-doctoral students at universities throughout the world and ten scholarships at Tel Aviv University. The Dan David Prize and scholarships are granted according to merit, without discrimination based on gender, race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
Through its program of Diversity Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The postdoctoral fellowships provide one year of support for postdoctoral study. Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition based on demonstrated superior academic achievement, commitment to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and preparation to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Open to citizens or nationals of the United States who have been awarded a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in an eligible research-based field from a U.S. educational institution.

Fulbright Scholar Programs for U.S. and Non-U.S. Students
The Fulbright Program supports educational exchanges that strengthen understanding and communication between the United States and over 140 countries. Fulbright offers a variety of programs that support the research and teaching of visiting (Non-U.S.) scholars and the U.S. institutions that host them.

GrantsNet currently lists about 700 grant programs and is one of the largest U.S. science grant databases for graduate students, medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) offers three-year fellowships encouraging early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country. HFSP offers two types of postdoctoral fellowships: long-term fellowships and cross-disciplinary fellowships. Fellows may choose to stay for up to three years in the host country or move to another HFSPO member country on the last year of their fellowship. Long-term fellowships are for applicants with Ph.D.s in a biological discipline to begin a new project in a different field of life science. Cross-disciplinary fellowships are open to applicants with a Ph.D. outside of life sciences (i.e., physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, or computer sciences). Candidates must either be from one of the HFSPO member countries or work in an research institution in one of them.

IBM Fellowship Program: Herman Goldstine Memorial Fellowship
The Herman Goldstine Memorial Fellowship is for research in mathematical and computer sciences. It provides scientists of outstanding ability an opportunity to advance their scholarship as resident department members at the Research Center, located in Westchester County, less than an hour north of New York City. The Mathematical Sciences Department provides an atmosphere in which basic research is combined with work on technical problems arising in industry. Areas of research include: algorithms (approximation, randomized, and on-line); coding theory; cryptography; data mining (machine learning, pattern recognition, and computational statistics); dynamical systems and differential equations; high-performance computation (including scientific computing and parallel computing); numerical analysis; optimization (discrete, continuous, and stochastic); probability theory (stochastic models, risk management, queues and queuing networks); statistics (time-series, multivariate analysis, design, and reliability); and supply-chain and operations management (pricing, optimization and performance modeling).

IBM Fellowship Program: Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computer Science and Computer Engineering is awarded each year to one recent Ph.D. who shows exceptional promise for a research career in computer science or computer engineering. The fellowship will be for one year, with an opportunity for IBM to renew for an additional year. Depending on proposed collaborations, the fellow will spend most of the fellowship at one of the IBM research laboratories. The fellow will be free to follow his/her own research interests, but is expected to work closely with other IBM researchers.

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research
The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Fellowship supports up to three years of full-time postdoctoral study in medical and related sciences focused on the causes, origin, and treatment of cancer. The award is available to citizens of any country, but awards for foreign nationals can be only for study in the United States; US citizens may study either in the United States or abroad.

Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellows
This one-year program program focuses on a subset of postdocs with entrepreneurial aspirations to empower them to take their ideas forward. Fellows learn how to evaluate their research for commercial potential and the process to take promising research forward to commercialization. Each Fellow will have a business mentor, a customized internship experience and intensive entrepreneurship workshops at the Kauffman Foundation, where they will network and learn from each other and from entrepreneurship experts. The program educates and trains scientist-founders who will create the high-growth technology companies of tomorrow.

Lawrence Fellowship, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
This fellowship was established to provide outstanding postdocs an opportunity to pursue cutting-edge science and stimulate cross-fertilization of ideas. The Fellows will interact with scientists having a wide range of expertise, and the LLNL is committed to making the experience positive and rewarding.

Life Sciences Research Foundation (LSRF) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Through the belief that innovation and discovery occurs in direct proportion to the quality of training, the Life Science Research Foundation awards three-year fellowships across the spectrum of life sciences on a competitive basis to graduates of medical and graduate schools in the biological sciences. All US citizens are eligible to apply with no geographic restriction on the laboratory of their choice. Foreign applicants will be eligible for study in US laboratories. LSRF fellows must carry out their research at nonprofit institutions. 

L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program
This program for women postdoctoral scientific researchers is designed to support the aspirations of young women interested in pursuing careers in the life and physical sciences as well as math, engineering, and computer science.

Nasa Postdoctoral Program (NPP)
The NASA Postdoctoral Program provides talented postdoctoral scientists and engineers with valuable opportunities to engage in ongoing NASA research programs and serves as a source of talent to ensure the continued quality of the NASA research workforce. These one- to three-year Fellowship appointments are competitive and are designed to advance NASA's missions in space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, and astrobiology.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The NIH offers a variety of postdoctoral fellowship programs in biomedical research.

National Research Council of the National Academies
The National Research Council offers a number of awards for postdoctoral researchers at federal laboratories. These awards provide generous stipends and the opportunity to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the country.

National Human Genome Research Institute(NHGRI)
This website lists a number of grants and awards available to postdoctoral researchers involved in genomics research and in related ELSI topics. Check the web page for links to other programs.

NIGMS Postdoctoral National Research Service
The NIGMS welcomes applications from eligible individuals who seek postdoctoral biomedical research training in areas related to scientific programs of the Institute. Applicants must have received the doctoral degree by the beginning of the proposed award.

NSF-CISE Postdoctoral Research Associates in Experimental Computer Science
This program provides opportunities for new doctoral degree recipients to broaden their knowledge through a change in institution or advisor.

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biological Informatics
Recent recipients of the doctoral degree may receive this fellowship for research and training to address important scientific questions in contemporary biology. Projects and training must have a strong linkage between biology and computer, information, and computational science and must develop or apply state-of-the-art informatics tools or approaches to the stated problem.

PhRMA Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Informatics
These fellowships are designed to encourage graduates from Ph.D. programs in informatics to continue to refine their research skills through formal postdoctoral training. Informatics awards will support career development of scientists engaged in research that significantly integrates cutting-edge information technology with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences in genetics, genomics, proteomics, systems biology, and molecular epidemiology. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents who have a firm commitment from an accredited US university. Use the online wizard to access grants.

PhRMA Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Pharmacology/Toxicology
These fellowships are designed to support for individuals engaged in a multidisciplinary research training program that will create or extend their credentials in pharmacology or toxicology. They support post doctoral career development activities of individuals prepared (or preparing) to engage in research that integrates information on molecular or cellular mechanisms of action with information on the effect of an agent in the intact organism. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents who have a firm commitment from an accredited US university. Use the online wizard to access grants.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship
The UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship intends to provide support to African American post-graduate students who are to obtain postdoctoral training and to prepare for a career in biomedical research. Available to African American U.S. citizens with a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, the UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship awards up to $92,000.


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