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Outside Fellowships

Hanna H. Greys Fellows Program for Postdocs

(For graduating Ph.D. students and current postdocs)

Through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Hanna H. Grey Fellows Program provides an initial $60,000 postdoc salary for two to four years for early career life scientists.  A faculty award is available for the Grey Fellow Postdocs that obtain tenure-track positions after their postdoc term. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes, but is not limited to, women of any ethnic or racial group as well as any individual identifying as Hispanic, Black, Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander, or American Indian / Alaska Native.
  • Conduct research in the life sciences
  • Have been accepted to join a university lab as a postdoc
  • Have no more than 16 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date
Application Deadline Dates:
  • January 9, 2019

L’Oreal Fellowship for Postdocs

 (For current female postdocs in science and engineering)

 The L’Oreal postdoc fellowship provides a salary of $60,000 for one year to a current postdoc in the sciences or engineering.  Mentoring experience of other women is an important aspect of the application, along with the proposed research plan.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Female U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card)
  • Candidates must have completed their PhD and have started in their postdoctoral research position by the application deadline. The fellowship is intended for postdocs to use at their current institution.
  • Research conducted in life sciences, physical sciences, computer science, engineering, technology, anthropology, or math. (Social sciences, psychology, and science education researchers are not eligible to apply.) 

Application Deadline:

  • February 1, 2019

National Institutes of Health - NIH F31, F32, and K-Awards

(For PhD Students and Postdocs)

NIH fellowships and career awards (“K-awards”) are prestigious funding sources for graduate students and postdocs in the life sciences, health sciences, and bioengineering. See below for information on award types and upcoming information sessions.


F31: – US citizen or permanent resident who will use the fellowship during their PhD program

F32: – US citizen or permanent resident who will enter a postdoc term

K-awards: - no citizenship requirement, must have a PhD and less than 4 years of postdoc experience

Application Deadlines:

                -F31 and F32: April 8th, August 8th, December 8th

                -K-awards: March 12th, July 12th, November 12th

On-campus Information Sessions:

NIH F31 Info Sessions – for graduate students in the first half of their doctoral program

Tuesday, January 22nd, 7 – 8 pm, Young B64, registration:

Monday, January 28th, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Young B64, registration:  

NIH F32 and K-award Info Session – for experienced graduate students and current postdocs

Thursday, January 24th, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Young B64, registration:

Danone Gut Microbiome, Yogurt, and Probiotics Fellowship Grant

(For Masters and PhD students)


Danone North America, the producer of Dannon Yogurt, will award $25,000 towards tuition, fees, and other academic expenses to selected graduate students studying the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt in human health and wellness. Grant recipients will be selected based on their project proposal and academic performance.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Be an incoming, current and full-time enrolled graduate student studying the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt in human health and wellness


  • February 15th, 2019   

Future Leaders for Food and Agriculture (FFAR) Fellowships

(For First Year PhD Students or Graduating Masters Students)

FFAR Fellowships are for PhD students in agriculture who have a designated research advisor as well as an industrial sponsor for their research project. Fellows receive $50,000 a year for tuition and fees and living expenses for up to three years.   

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Confirmation of an industry sponsor (sponsors can include companies, foundations, NGOs, grower organizations)
  • Three years remaining in the degree program (Fall 2019 to Spring 2022)
  • A confirmed PhD faculty advisor
  • (Some international students) TOEFL Score indicating a minimum of 25/30 for listening, speaking, writing

Application Deadline Dates:

  • Applications Available starting Dec. 15th
  • Stipend + Professional Development category: February 15th, 2019
  • Professional Development category: April 15th, 2019

CTSI Postdoctoral Challenge Grant Funding to Utilize CTSI Facilities

(For current postdocs)

This grant poses a unique opportunity to submit a proposal for using CTSI core facilities for patient treatment investigations, animal studies, and other translational research trials. Recipients of the grant receive $5,000-worth of one year access to facilities listed at

Eligibility Requirements:
  • For researchers in biomedical technology who work with clinical trials, human studies, or adaptation of patient treatment.
  • Have earned a Ph.D.
Informational Workshops:

Wednesday, December 19, 2018:

  • 10:00 - 11:00 AM: Effective Grant Writing Techniques for Translational Research Proposals: DLR 221
  • 1:30 - 2:30 PM: Overview of an NIH Review Session: DLR 221

For questions, contact Tommy Sors at

Application Deadline Dates:
  • February 22, 2019

Dimitris Chorafas Foundation - $5,000 Prize

(For PhD students)

Chorafas Foundation Award Page:

The Chorafas Foundation awards $5,000 prizes to successful doctoral students from universities around the world. The prize money is not considered a fellowship or grant, but simply serves as an award for the recipient to honor their hard work. Winners are selected based on number of first-author publications and the degree of application of their research to helping society. Purdue will nominate one student for the award.

To select Purdue's nominee, the Graduate School has put together the following nomination request form:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates may not be older than 32 years of age at the time they are nominated for the prize.
  • Current doctoral student in one of the following research areas: Life Sciences & Medicine,
  • Physics, Chemistry (including nanotechnology), Mathematics, Informatics/Computer Science, Engineering of Finance & Risk Management
  • Conduct applied research that can “benefit humanity”

Deadline to Request Nomination: Use link provided above to request nomination

  • April 1st, 5:00 pm  

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