Below are a selection of postdoctoral fellowship opportunities for a range of disciplines
and backgrounds. Applicants apply on their own, but are welcome to contact the Office
of Postdoctoral Affairs for support with application development.
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Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences or Chemical Instrumentation
Award Program provides two years of full-time fellowship support for mentored postdoctoral
research in one of two tracks:
Chemical Sciences or
Chemical Instrumentation. The merit-based award amount varies by years of experience, providing a stipend
and research support. Applicants must be: US citizens or PRs, within 3 years of receiving
their PhD in Chemical Sciences and no more than one year postdoc experience. Applicants
must identify a faculty mentor who will advise their proposed research, career and
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund invites applications for its Collaborative Research Travel
Grants program to support travel by researchers to a laboratory to acquire a new research
technique, to facilitate a collaboration, or to attend a laboratory/lecture course.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or be studying for a Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, chemistry,
computer science, statistics or engineering and be interested in investigating research
opportunities in the biological sciences. Biologists interested in working with physical
scientists, mathematicians, engineers, chemists, statisticians or computer scientists
also are eligible to apply. Multiple awards of up to $15,000 are anticipated. Eligibility
is restricted to individuals at institutions of higher education.
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers unique postdoc research opportunities to
highly talented national and international individuals to engage in ongoing NASA research
programs at a NASA Center, NASA Headquarters, or at a NASA-affiliated research institution. 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. Approximately 90 Fellowships are awarded annually at NASA
with three application deadlines. See
http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc for details.
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors awards for postdoctoral
and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These
awards include stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients
and higher for additional experience. The awards provide the opportunity for recipients
to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in
the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and
for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Detailed program information, including
instructions on how to apply online and a list of participating laboratories, is available
on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Web site at:
www.national-academies.org/rap. Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or
firstname.lastname@example.org. There are four review cycles annually. Deadlines are:
Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application
deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.
The Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSAs are awarded by the NIH to postdoctoral scholars to fund
training in the biomedical sciences. Postdocs must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents
or non-citizen nationals of the US to be eligible for these awards, and they cannot
be supported by NRSA training grants and individual fellowships for more than 3 years.
Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) The purpose of the MSPRF is to provide increased flexibility for future leaders
in the mathematical sciences by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research
environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development.
There are two options for awardees: Research Fellowship and Research Instructorship.
Awards will support research in areas of the mathematical sciences, including applications
to other disciplines. Award amount: 2-years, $150,000 Citizenship: US Deadline: October.
EERE (Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) Postdoctoral Fellowships support
its mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients
the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories,
and other research facilities. Application deadline is June 30, 2011. More information
and application materials can be found at
EERE (Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) Science and Technology Policy
(STP) Fellowships will serve as the next step in the educational and professional
development of scientists and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable
energy policy. Selected applicants will be assigned to participate in policy-related
projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington,
D.C. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information and application
Applicants selected as Fellows may have the additional distinction of guiding the
implementation of the new solar SunShot Initiative in the DOE Solar Energy Technologies
SunShot Fellows will have a key leadership role in beginning new research and development programs
to achieve the goal of $1/W installed photovoltaics by 2020.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) - Qualified postdoctoral researchers and research associates have the opportunity
to participate in the laboratory's research and development programs, initiate new
areas of research, and establish a base for ongoing collaborations through NREL's
Research Participant Program. People with new ideas and talents can be a part of research
of mutual interest in NREL's research and deployment disciplines, while also contributing
to the transfer of the technology resulting from that research. Deadline: Continuous.
Citizenship or Residency United States.
SEES Fellows, NSF seeks to enable the discoveries needed to inform actions that lead to environmental,
energy and societal sustainability while creating the necessary workforce to address
these challenges. The program's emphasis is to facilitate investigations that cross
traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a
systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and
societal needs. The Fellow's proposed investigation should be interdisciplinary and
allow him/her to obtain research experience beyond his/her current core disciplinary
expertise. Additionally, Fellows are required to develop a research partnership that
would broaden the impact and/or scope of the proposed research activities. Such activities
might include, but are not limited to, a connection with a NSF Research Coordination
Network (RCN), center or facility; industry; a national laboratory; or a state, regional,
or local resource management agency. Fellows are required to have two mentors, one
for the proposed research at the host institution (the institution that will administer
the award) and the other for the research partnership. The mentors can be from the
same institution, but should not be from the same discipline.
All awards will be for a maximum of four years, with a maximum total salary of three
years. Fellows who encounter any life changing situation (e.g. birth or adoption of
a child, death of family member) during the period of the award will be encouraged
to discuss family friendly resolutions with the cognizant program officer. The total
amount of support for stipend/salary plus benefits to be provided to the SEES Fellow
by the institution is $88,000 for a 12-month period. Fellows are allowed an additional
$20,000 per year for research expenses such as materials & supplies, publication costs,
computer, and travel. The Fellows must budget annual trips to NSF for PI meetings
in the second and third year of their award from this amount. For those fellowships
with an international research partnership, an additional $10,000 per year is allowed
for international travel to visit the research partner’s institution and to conduct
Applicants must be United States citizens or nationals, or permanent residents of
the United States. Deadline: December.
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology to recent recipients of
the doctoral degree for research and training in
selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology. For
FY 2015 and beyond, these BIO programs are
(1) Broadening Participation of Groups Under-represented in Biology, (2) Research
Using Biological Collections, and (3) National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) Postdoctoral
These areas change periodically as new scientific and infrastructure opportunities
present themselves; and this solicitation will be changed as necessary 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 these talented
young scientists in their research groups. The research and training plan of each
fellowship must address important scientific questions within the scope of the BIO
Directorate and the specific guidelines in this fellowship program solicitation. International
and teaching options are also offered. Fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral
scientists early in their careers and are awarded to individuals, not institutions,
and are administered by the Fellows.
Deadline: First Tuesday in November.
These awards provide financial support for faculty and students from URA's 85 member
universities to work at Fermilab for periods of up to one year. URA makes two rounds
of awards each year, in the Spring and Fall. Proposals may range from attendance at
Fermilab conferences or summer schools to year-long research stays. Support from this
program can include transportation costs and local lodging expenses during a series
of shorter visits or salary support during a longer visit. Individual awardees may
receive up to $50,000 in any 12-month period. URA has made a total of 155 awards since
the beginning of 2008, including 23 awards conferred in March 2012. For details on
the URA Visiting Scholars Program at Fermilab, including eligibility, application
process, award administration, and the names of past award recipients, visit the
URA Visiting Scholars Web site.
Deadlines: Applications are reviewed twice a year, in the Fall and the Spring.
Sponsor: United States Department of Energy (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL),
L'Oréal For Women In Science Program will award five post‐doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with
grants of up to $60,000 each. The program recognizes and rewards the contributions
women make in the STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed
to serving as role models for younger generations. More than 2,000 women scientists
in over 100 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998. Applicants
are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences,
technology (including computer science), engineering and mathematics. Citizenship:
American born, naturalized citizen or permanent resident.
These grants fund research related specifically to human origins, including paleoanthropology,
primate behavior, and studies of modern hunter-gatherer groups. Amount note: The majority
of the grants to doctoral students are in the $3,000 to $13,500 range; however larger
grants, especially to senior scientists and postdoctoral students, may be funded up
to $22,000. Citizenship or residency is unrestricted. Grants are awarded twice a year.
The GHI awards short-term fellowships to German and American postdoctoral scholars
in the fields of German history, the history of German-American relations, and the
history of the role of Germany and the USA in international relations. These fellowships
are also available to German postdoctoral scholars in the field of American history.
The research projects must draw upon primary sources located in the United States.
The GHI will not provide funding for preliminary research, manuscript composition
or the revision of manuscripts. It will give clear priority to those postdoc projects
that are designed for the "second book". GHI especially invites applications from
doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars who currently do not receive funding from
their home institutions. The fellowships are usually granted for periods of one to
six months but, depending on the funds available, can be extended by one month. The
monthly stipend is $3,200.
The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological
theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas.
There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation
particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate
innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields. Grants provide
a maximum of $20,000 and the Osmundsen Initiative supplement provides up to an additional
$5,000 for a maximum grant of $25,000. Grants are for research expenses. Under special
circumstances grants can be renewed to support longer-term research projects. There
is no time limit on the duration of the grant and funding may be requested to cover
distinct research phases (for example, two summers) if this is part of the research
Qualified scholars are eligible without regard to nationality, or institutional or
The James Smithson Fellowship Program is the Smithsonian’s first to combine the best
of the Institution’s vast scholarship and collections and its unparalleled access
to the nation’s capital in one yearlong learning experience. This fellowship opportunity
combines scholarship with policy applications.
The James Smithson Fellowship Program is open to postdocs in the fields of science,
the humanities and the arts. Fellows will work in one of the subject areas defined
by the Smithsonian strategic plan’s four grand challenges: Understanding the American
Experience, Valuing World Cultures, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet,
and Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe. Policy-focused activities will take them
beyond their scholarly research to work with other federal, national and international
agencies and organizations.
Citizenship: Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and not more
than five years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. degree.
Applicants must have secured a postdoctoral position with funding (including support
by the advisor’s existing research grants) at a degree-granting, research-intensive
institution in the United States or Canada and must begin the postdoctoral position
on or by the designated award commencement date. A person with more than 36 months
of postdoctoral experience (in a research laboratory) at the time of application or
with more than five years from his/her Ph.D. is not eligible for this award. The program
targets postdoctoral fellows with Ph.Ds in the biomedical or medical sciences. Applicants
must be underrepresented minorities (i.e. American Indian or Alaska Native, Black
or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander) and must
be citizens of the United States or Canada. For information about the many other grant
The purpose of the Program is to support promising scholars who are committed to diversity
in the academy and to prepare those scholars for possible tenure track appointments
at UMBC. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals
who are members of groups that historically have been underrepresented in the professoriate.
UMBC will appoint recent recipients of the Ph.D. as Postdoctoral Fellows for a two-year
term, and typically accept applications every two or so years (the latest was in November
2014 for the 2015-17 class of fellows). The fellow will receive a starting stipend
of $40,000, health benefits, $3,000 for conference travel and preparation of scholarly
work, office space with computer, library and other privileges at the university.
Applicants must be early career. See program announcement for eligibility. Preference
will be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by
the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. 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.
Fellowships are awarded for full-time research at appropriate nonprofit institutions
of higher education or research, normally in the United States, including universities,
museums, libraries, government or national laboratories, privately sponsored nonprofit
institutes, government chartered nonprofit research organizations, and centers for
advanced study. Award amount: $40,000.