Postdoc Fellowships

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National Institutes of Health - NIH F32 and K-Awards

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

National Science Foundation Postdoc Fellowships

Must be a US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or US National to apply and either a graduating PhD or a current postdoc.

Each specific fellowship has its own qualifications and requirements.

Atmospheric and Geosciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (AGS-PRF)

  • Area: Earth Sciences
  • Deadline: Proposal accepted anytime

Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF)

  • Area: Math
  • Deadline: October

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF)

  • Area: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Deadline: October 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)

  • Area: Biology
  • Deadline: November 

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF)

  • Area: Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
  • Deadline: November  

L’Oreal Fellowship for Female Postdocs

Submission Deadline: January

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.) 

American Women in Science (AWIS) National Fellowship Grant for Research Support

Submission Deadline: January

AWIS offers small research grants (“fellowships”) to female postdocs and graduate students who need funding for small equipment, publication fees, travel for field work or collaboration, paid undergraduate helpers, and/or subject compensation. Awards of up to $10,000 will be granted and must be used within one year (July 2020 – June 2021). A project description, budget, and recommendation letters are required to apply.  

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing hypothesis-driven research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Application for the GWIS Fellowship Program is offered at no cost to current GWIS members as a member benefit. For non-members, an application processing fee of $50 is required. Fellowship applicants that are not already GWIS members may join GWIS with a 1-year introductory membership at a discounted rate of $40
  • Financial need of research funding is a requirement for the application. Project that has already been fully funded by another agency or organization will be ineligible. Applicants must indicate on the application form all pending funding sources as reviewers will consider these factors when assessing the financial need of the project.

Collaborative Research Travel Grants - Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Submission Deadline: February

From the website: "The  Collaborative Research Travel Grant  (CRTG) program provides up to $15,000 in support for relatively unrestricted travel funds to academic scientists (faculty and postdocs)... Grants must be used for domestic or international travel to another lab to learn new research techniques or begin or continue a collaboration to address biomedical questions. All proposals must be cross-disciplinary. Applicants with a doctoral degree in the physical, mathematical, or engineering sciences working on a biological problem are encouraged to apply.  Conversely, proposals from biological scientists who desire to collaborate with a physical scientist, mathematician, or engineer are also encouraged to apply." 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • From the website: "Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering at the time of application and be interested in investigating research opportunities in the biological sciences. Biologists holding a doctorate degree at the time of application who are interested in working with physical scientists, mathematicians, engineers, chemists, statisticians, or computer scientists to incorporate their ideas and approaches to answering biological questions are eligible to apply."
  • "Only proposals addressing questions in the biomedical sciences will be accepted." 
  • US citizenship is NOT required. 

Grants cannot be used for travel to conferences/meeting/courses, to cover salary support, or to purchase computers or equipment. However, grants may be used for laboratory consumables.

Indiana CTSI Postdoc Challenge: Grant for Core Facility Use

Submission Deadline: February

Postdocs who work in clinical and translational sciences are invited to apply for the CTSI Postdoc Challenge, which provides $5,000 for use of CTSI’s core translational research facilities either on Purdue’s campus or at IU, Notre Dame, or IUPUI. 

  • US citizenship is NOT required. 
  • Applicants must make contact with and request a Letter of Support from the Core Facility Manager(s) to confirm that the proposed project can be accomplished in their core facility.
  • Awardees will be expected to develop and manage a project budget that aligns with the translational strategy.

Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program 

Submission Deadline: March

The program provides annual scholarships of $63,000 in two tracks for up to two years  to undertake postdoctoral positions at leading Israeli universities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates must be citizens of the United States or Canada OR  have a documented status that allows them to study and work in the US.
  • Candidates must obtain consent from a potential hosting supervisor at the Israeli university/universities the candidate is applying to.
  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree.

Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) Fellowship

Application Deadlines: Two chances to apply each year in April and October

MolSSI awards both “seed fellowships” (six months of stipend, tuition and fees covered) and “Investment Fellowships” (18 months, collaboration project with MolSSI researchers) for graduate students and postdocs in any area of science and engineering with research on computational molecular sciences. From the MolSSI website: “Fellows will receive specialized training in state-of-the-art software design principles and tools, and they will engage in outreach and educational efforts organized by the MolSSI.  Each Fellow will be assigned a mentor among the Institute’s Software Scientists, who will oversee their software development efforts and training.”

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Maintain graduate student or postdoc status during the application process and duration of the fellowship
  • From the website: “MolSSI Software Fellows will be selected by the MolSSI Science and Software Advisory Board based on (1) the quality of the applicant’s software research proposal and its relevance to the Institute’s goals; (2) the  applicant’s research productivity, including previous software-development efforts; (3) previous academic performance; and (4) external references.”

CTSI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Translational Research

Application Deadline: December

Postdocs whose research is in biomedical sciences or related fields can recieve up to two years of funding from the CTSI Postdoc Fellowship. Sallary recieved matches the NIH amounts for postdocs and recipients are given networking opportunities with other researchers around Indiana. Projects are encouraged to have mentorship from two different fields (no restrictions on department, college or institute of the two mentors) with research that can be used to help advance clinical trials (does not need to include a clinical trail - does not need to be clinical research). 

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident 
  • Have not been a postdoc for more than three years at the time of application 
  • Have two research mentors from different fields 

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

Submission Deadline: November 

Postdocs or other PhD graduates are encouraged to apply for this opportunity to spend a year working on science policy for the US goverment.   Fellows are assigned to either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the federal government in Washington, D.C. where they recieve training and actively participate in policy development and implementation. 

  • US citizenship is required. 
  • A PhD in science or engineering is required. 

Postdoctoral Awards

The following awards and competitions are open to Purdue postdocs. For more information, please visit the corresponding websites.