Funding Opportunities for Postdoctoral Scholars

Below is a listing of notable funding opportunities available to postdoctoral scholars.  If you are aware of an internal or external opportunity for postdocs but do not see it posted here, please email Paige Belisle.

External Opportunities
SponsorCitizenship

Deadline Month

Description
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral ResearchersunrestrictedRolling

A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows long-term research (6-24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host. Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation online at any time.

American Association of University Women (AAUW): Fellowshipsvaries by fellowship

November (American);
December (International)

The American Postdoctoral Fellowship (U.S. citizenship required) supports women in higher education; International Fellowships (citizenship unrestricted) are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women in graduate and postgraduate studies.
American Cancer Society: Postdoctoral FellowshipsU.S. citizenship or permanent residency

October;
April

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).
Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral FellowshipU.S. citizenship or permanent residencySeptemberThis invited program supports post-PhD postdoctoral scholars who have the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, and to assist in their transition from "mentored yet independent" postdoctoral projects to an independent, tenure-track position. 
Banting Postdoctoral FellowshipsunrestrictedSeptemberThe Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada's economic, social and research based growth. The program funds the following areas of research: health, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities.
Beckman Institute: Postdoctoral Fellows Program

U.S. citizenship or eligibility for J-1 visa sponsorship

NovemberThe program supports recent PhDs or students in their final year of doctoral study in the following fields: behavioral and biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, or physics. The fellowship appointment lasts for up to three years and provides an annual stipend of $54,000, plus benefits and a research budget.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: NARSAD Young Investigator GrantsunrestrictedFebruaryThese grants enable young investigators conducting neurobiological research 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 brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or child and adolescent mental illnesses.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Awards for Medical ScientistsU.S. or Canadian citizens, permanent or temporary residentsOctoberThis award supports physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are not eligible.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Awards at the Scientific InterfaceU.S. or Canadian citizens, permanent or temporary residentsPre-proposal: September; Full Proposal: JanuaryThese grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/ mathematical/ computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Postdoctoral Enrichment ProgramU.S. or Canadian citizenshipJanuaryThe Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research. 
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship Awardunrestricted; foreign nationals may apply to do their research only in the U.S.March; AugustThe Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Awards are made to institutions for the support of the Fellow under direct supervision of the Sponsor. Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible.
EMBO Long-Term FellowshipsunrestrictedFebruary, AugustEMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key feature in the application process. Applications to go to the country in which the PhD was obtained will not be considered.
Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career GrantsU.S. citizenship requiredVarious, announced FebruaryPostdoctoral/early career grants are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees – typically within the five previous years. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences. These grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields.
Graduate Women in Science: National Fellowship ProgramunrestrictedJanuaryThis program offers fellowships to help increase knowledge in the fundamental sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. 
HHMI: Hanna H. Gray Fellows Programunrestricted citizenship; must hold appointment at lab in U.S.FebruarySeeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruitment and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and, if eligible, in their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.
Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie: Individual Fellowships-Global FellowshipsunrestrictedSeptemberSupport is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers of any nationality, for employment in EU Member States or Associated Countries. It is based on an application made jointly by the researcher and the beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sectors.
Human Frontier Science Program: Postdoctoral FellowshipsunrestrictedTBDLong-Term Fellowships (LTF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline, who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work.
Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. from outside the life sciences (e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences), who have had limited exposure to biology during their previous training.

James S. McDonnell Foundation: Studying Complex Systems

unrestrictedTBDThis Postdoctoral Fellowship supports PhD students within 18 months of anticipated completion of graduate training. It provides $200,000 expended in no less than 2 and no more than 3 years. Proposals furthering the science of complex systems and/or proposals intending to apply complex system tools and models to problems where such approaches are not yet considered usual or mainstream are appropriate.
Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Researchunrestricted; foreign nationals must hold a position in the U.S. and U.S. citizens may hold a position in either the U.S. or a foreign countryFebruaryThe JCC Fund works for the furtherance of research into the causes, origin, and treatment of cancer. Applicants in general should not have more than one year of postdoctoral experience and MDs should not have received their degree more than three years from the date the application is due. Applicants must hold either the MD degree or the PhD degree in the field in which they propose to study or furnish evidence of equivalent training and experience.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)unrestrictedSeptember, April (Standard); October, January, April, June (Short Term)To promote international scientific cooperation, the JSPS encourages highly qualified researchers from around the world to come to and conduct joint research activities with colleagues at Japanese universities and research institutes. JSPS offers five postdoctoral fellowship programs, each with different eligibility requirements.
L'Oreal Women in Science FellowshipU.S. citizenship or permanent residencyFebruaryThe L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.
Life Sciences Research Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowshipsnon-U.S. citizens must work in a U.S. laboratoryOctoberThe Foundation supports fellows in the life sciences. Individuals who have held a PhD or MD degree for more than 5 years at the time of application are not eligible for an LSRF fellowship.
National Institutes of Health: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32)U.S. citizenship or permanent residencyDecember, April, AugustThe purpose of this award is to support promising applicants during their mentored postdoctoral training under the guidance of outstanding faculty sponsors. 
National Science Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowships

Citizenship requirements vary

Varies by program

Programs provide either direct (i.e., from NSF) or indirect (i.e., from an awardee institution) funding for students at the postdoctoral level or identify programs that focus on educational developments such as curricula development, training or retention.

National Science Foundation: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in BiologyU.S. citizenship requiredNovemberThe 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.
National Science Foundation: SBE Postdoctoral Research FellowshipsU.S. citizenship requiredOctoberThe Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to encourage independence early in the Fellow's career through supporting his or her research and training goals.
NIH Pathways to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)unrestrictedOctober, February, JuneThis program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers.
Schlumberger Foundation: Faculty of the FutureunrestrictedNovemberThis program supports outstanding women from developing countries in their pursuit of advanced graduate studies in engineering, science, and technology at leading universities worldwide.

Simons Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowships

unrestrictedVaries by programThe Simons Foundation supports scholars working to advance research in basic science and mathematics. Please visit the Foundation’s website for information on the latest Fellowship competition and focus area.
Susan G. Komen Postdoctoral FellowshipsunrestrictedJuly (LOI); November (full proposal)PDF Grants seek to attract and support promising scientists embarking on careers dedicated to breast cancer research and who have no more than 3 years post-completion of their most recent clinical fellowship, 5 years post-completion of their most recent residency (for physicians), or 5 years post-completion of their most recent Ph.D.
The Company of Biologists: Traveling FellowshipsunrestrictedFebruary, May, August, NovemberThe Company of Biologists' journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, The Journal of Experimental Biology, and Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM) – offer fellowships of up to £2,500 or currency equivalent to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories. These are designed to offset the cost of travel and other expenses.
The Helen Hay Whitney FoundationForeign citizens are eligible if they intend to work in a laboratory within the United StatesTBDThe Foundation supports early postdoctoral research training in all basic biomedical sciences. Eligible candidates may have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the deadline for submitting the application.
Health Resources in Action: Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ProgramunrestrictedFebruaryThe Charles A. King Trust was created to “support and promote the investigation of human disease and the alleviation of human suffering through improved treatment.” In keeping with these principles, the King Trust today supports postdoctoral fellows in the basic sciences and clinical and health services research.
The UNESCO Fellowships ProgrammesVaries by programVaries by programFellowships are specially tailored training which are designed to give qualified persons practicing or intending to practice a profession in the field of the UNESCO programme priorities an opportunity to receive additional and practical training, thus contributing to the advancement and circulation of knowledge and skill promoting development and international understanding.
The Wenner-Gren Foundation: Post-Ph.D. Research GrantsunrestrictedNovember, MayGrants support 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.
Travel Awards for FASEB Summer Research ConferencesU.S. citizenship or permanent residencyTBDThere are approximately forty FASEB conferences which meet for five days during the summer period (June-August) on topics in biomedical research. Travel Award applicants must be full-time underrepresented academic non-tenured junior faculty/research scientists, postdoctoral fellows or advanced graduate students who reside within the U.S. or U.S. territories.
UNCF Merck Postdoctoral Science Research FellowshipsU.S. citizenship or permanent residencyTBD

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

 

Harvard Internal Opportunities
OpportunityDeadline MonthDescription
Postdoctoral Awards for Professional DevelopmentRollingThese awards of up to $750 are designed to support the professional development needs of postdocs by providing reimbursement for activities that directly enhance the individual’s professional growth, and which their PIs or faculty advisors may be unable to fund. Such activities include, but are not limited to, conference travel, workshop attendance, and course enrollment. The awards are open to full-time postdocs in all disciplines from any Cambridge-based school of Harvard University.
Arnold Arboretum: Research Fellowships and AwardsApplication window November - FebruaryThe Arboretum offers fellowships and awards to students, post-doctoral researchers, and professionals of the biological and horticultural sciences. 
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs: FellowshipsJanuaryThe Center's programs and projects offer a variety of both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships in diverse research areas.
Center for Hellenic Studies: Opportunities for Postdoctoral ResearchersOctoberThe CHS supports postdoctoral scholars working on the ancient Greek world through the following programs: CHS Fellowships in Hellenic Studies; CHS/DAI Joint Fellowships; and Grants for Visiting Scholars. 
The Charles Warren Center Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global American StudiesOctoberThe Center awards two fellowships to scholars with research interests in Global American Studies: the history of the United States in the world, and the world in the United States. Applications are welcomed from scholars with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds who bring a historical perspective to topics such as empire, migration, race, indigeneity, and ethnicity, and whose work investigates and/or interprets the history and experience in the United States of native peoples, or peoples of African, Asian, or Hispanic descent.
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian StudiesJanuaryThe Center awards postdoctoral fellowships for scholars who receive the PhD no later than September of the application year and no earlier than 5 years prior to the application deadline.
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies: An Wang Postdoctoral FellowshipJanuaryAn Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships support scholars engaging in research relevant to the Center's mission: to advance scholarship in all fields of Chinese studies at Harvard.
Film Study Center FellowshipsTBDThe Film Study Center (FSC) offers fellowships to both internationally eminent and emerging filmmakers, video artists, sound artists, and photographers whose creative projects seek to interpret the world, especially the fabric of human existence and cultural difference, through moving and still images and sounds.
Foundations of Human BehaviorNovember, February, May, August

The Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative (FHB) aims to drive transformative insights about the psychological, social, economic, political, and biological mechanisms that influence human behavior – and then translate that knowledge into cost-effective, scalable interventions that improve human well-being around the world. Applications from post-docs must be sponsored by a member of the Harvard ladder faculty and accompanied by a detailed letter from the faculty member evaluating the project and explaining the scientific merits of the project.

Harvard Data Science Postdoctoral FellowsFebruaryLooks for researchers whose interests are in data science, broadly construed, including researchers with both a methodological and applications focus. Fellows will be provided with the opportunity to pursue their research agenda in an intellectually vibrant environment with ample mentorship. The normal duration of the Fellowship is two years. Fellows will receive a generous salary as well as an annual allocation for research and travel expenses.
Harvard Initiative for Learning and TeachingVaries by programHarvard University benefits-eligible faculty, students, staff, and postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply for funding, individually or as groups, for projects that cultivate pedagogical innovations across Harvard’s schools.
Center for Astrophysics Postdoctoral FellowshipsVaries by programRecent Ph.D. recipients in atomic and molecular physics, geophysics, the solar system, astronomy, astrophysics or cosmology, with interests in theory, observation, instrumentation and/or laboratory research are invited to apply for the CfA Postdoctoral Fellowship. 
Mahindra Humanities Center Postdoctoral FellowshipsDecemberFellowships support recent Ph.D. recipients; the Center welcomes applications from all fields within the humanities and the allied social sciences, typically centered around an annual theme.
Mind Brain Behavior Postdoctoral Fellow AwardDecemberThis two-year award is intended to fund a postdoctoral fellow (in accordance with NIH stipend guidelines) who wants to examine MBB-related issues through interdisciplinary research and experiences. Note that funding for the second year is conditional upon satisfactory progress at the completion of the first year.
Museum of Comparative Zoology: Putnam Expedition GrantsOctober, MarchThe Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University periodically awards travel grants that support collection of specimens and data relating to the study of comparative zoology, which are known as Putnam Expedition Grants.
Harvard Law School Raoul Berger-Mark DeWolfe Howe Legal History FellowshipFebruaryEligible applicants include those who have a first law degree, who have completed the required coursework for a doctorate, or who have recently been awarded a doctoral degree. A J.D. is preferred, but not required. We will also consider applicants who are beginning a teaching career in either law or history. The purpose of the fellowship is to enable the fellow to complete a major piece of writing in the field of legal history, broadly defined.
Reischauer Institute of Japanese StudiesJanuaryTo fulfill its aim of promoting research on Japan, the Reischauer Institute provides fellowships and grants for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Postdoctoral fellowships provide scholars with exceptional promise an opportunity to transform dissertations into publishable manuscripts.
Ukrainian Research InstituteJanuaryThe HURI brings scholars from the international academic community to Harvard for focused research on projects in Ukrainian history, literature, philology, culture, and other related areas of study in the humanities and social sciences fields.
W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins CenterJanuaryThe Institute annually appoints scholars who conduct individual research for a period of one to two semesters in a wide variety of fields related to African and African American Studies. Fellows work in a range of fields and interests, including art and art history, Afro-Latin American research, design and the history of design, education, hiphop, African studies, the African diaspora, African American studies, literature, and creative writing. 
Program on U.S.-Japan Relations: Weatherhead Center for International AffairsJanuaryThe Program offers postdoctoral fellowships for social scientists in a broad range of fields, including anthropology, economics, education, history, law, political science, public health, public policy, and sociology. Projects that focus on Japan or Japan's international role from a comparative, historical, or global perspective are welcome. A knowledge of the Japanese language is not required. Awards are for the academic year and provide $50,000 over 10 months.
Weatherhead Center for International AffairsVaries by programThe Center welcomes applications from graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in various disciplines whose research involves important international, transnational, global, and comparative national issues that may address contemporary or historical topics, including rigorous policy analysis, as well as the study of specific countries and regions outside the United States.