Office of Graduate Studies – External Fellowships and Grant Funding Opportunities for Postdoctoral Scholars by deadline

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Disclaimer:  Agency deadlines and information are subject to change without notice. All information should be verified with the solicitation notice/agency website.

A.P. Giannini Foundation Medical Fellowship Program   
Deadline: November 3, 2015

The Fellowship Program is open to applicants with no less than six months and no more than 3 years of postdoctoral research experience in their mentor’s lab. The fellowship supports innovative research in the basic sciences and applied fields. Research should advance the translation of basic biomedical sciences into treatments, preventions and cures for human diseases and contribute to the alleviation of human suffering. Must be United States citizens or permanent alien residents, hold or complete a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree before activating the fellowship. The current fellowship stipend is $47,000 (yr 1), $48,000 (yr 2) and $52,000 (yr 3) per year up to a maximum of three years

NIH Loan Repayment Programs

Deadline: November 16, 2015

Sponsor: National Institute of Health


NIH wants to encourage outstanding health professionals to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research. If you commit at least two years to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit organization or U.S. federal, state, or local government entity, NIH may repay up to $35,000 of your qualified student loan debt per year, including most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary you receive for your research.
If you are or will be conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit institution outside NIH, you may be eligible for one of the five extramural LRPs: Clinical Research ,Pediatric Research ,Health Disparities Research, Contraception and Infertility Research ,Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds .Undergraduate, graduate, medical school, and other health professional school loans qualify for repayment. An NIH grant or other NIH funding is not required to apply for or participate in the LRPs. Applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree (with the exception of the contraception and infertility research LRP); be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident; devote 20 hours or more per week to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit, university, or government entity; and have qualified educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of their institutional base salary.


Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

Deadline: December 1, 2015

Sponsor: Smithsonian Institute



Smithsonian Institution offers fellowships for graduate student, postgraduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers in fields that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Institution (see below). These fellowships support research in residence at all Smithsonian facilities except the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.  Programs: Graduate Student Fellowship (10-week):  $ 7000 stipend; Predoctoral Fellowship (3-12 months):  up to $ 32,700 annually; $4000 research allowance; Postdoctoral Fellowship (3-12 months):  up to $48,000 annually; $ 4000 research allowance.


UC Mexus Small Grant Program

Deadline: November 9, and December 7, 2015 | First Monday of Every Month

Sponsor: University of California Institute for Mexico and the U.S.



The competition is offered twice a year and provides support to University of California graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in all disciplines for small, short-term, non-dissertation projects of one week to six months that will advance the applicants’ research training or academic understanding of their fields. Areas of interest include projects related to the Latino experience and Mexican-origin populations in the United States. The grants provide up to $1,500 for use within a six month project period.


Research Opportunities in Japan – Information Meeting

Friday, November 6th, 2015


Session 1: 12:00pm-1:30pm                                          Session 2: 3:00pm-3:45pm

Founders Room, Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center          Medical Education Building, Lecture Hall 1222


Guest speakers will include:   Dr. Sc. Mitsuaki Nozaki, Director, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Former JSPS fellow, Christoph Lossin, Ph.D. Light refreshments will be provided. Funding opportunities include:

Pre & Postdoc Summer Program (2 months); Postdoctoral Fellowships (12-24  months); Invitation Fellowships (short-term and multi-month). For more information, and to RSVP contact: Jennie Konsella-Norene,


Omohundro Institute – National Endowment for the Humanities

Deadline: various

Sponsor: NEH



Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture offers a two-year residential postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies, to begin July 1, 2016. A principal criterion for selection is that the candidate’s dissertation or other manuscript has significant potential as a distinguished, book-length contribution to scholarship. The fellowship is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions for the first year ($4,200 x 12 months) and by the Omohundro Institute for the second year ($4,200 x 12 months). In addition to the stipend of $50,400 per year, the fellowship provides office, research, and computer facilities as well as some travel funds for conferences and research. Fellows also have the option of spending a summer at the Huntington Library on a full grant within five years of their residency in Williamsburg.

The award is open to all eligible persons equally. Foreign nationals must have been in continuous residence in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the date of application for the fellowship in order to be eligible for NEH funding. Deadline:  November 4, 2015


Georgian Papers Programme

The OI offers month-long fellowships for research on transatlantic and early American topics in the Georgian papers collection at Windsor Castle. Fellows work on their own research, exploring the collections while offering invaluable information for the archivists and librarians working on archival organization and cataloguing. Fellows also have the opportunity for support and collegial exchange with relevant departments and faculty at King’s. The fellowship, supported by the Lapidus Initiative at the Omohundro Institute, offers a $2,500 stipend with up to $1,500 in additional support for travel. Fellowships are restricted to advanced graduate students and holders of the Ph.D. who are U.S. or U.K. citizens. Deadlines:  Nov 1 2015, Feb 15, 2016 and May 1st, 2016


Short-term Visiting Fellowship

1–2 months visiting fellowship for advanced graduate students to senior scholars. Scholars with strong interests in colonial history, historical archaeology, Atlantic history, Native American History, African American studies, early Jamestown, the Chesapeake, and material culture, 1500–1720, are encouraged to apply. Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,500 per month. Deadline for 2017 (not yet posted – check website for October 2016 deadline mid-year).


Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

Deadline: 11/13/15, 2pm PST

Sponsor: Ford Foundation


The Ford Foundation offers fellowship support for predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral scholars to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The Postdoctoral fellowship provides one year of support including an annual stipend $45,000, travel costs to attend Ford Fellows conference, access to Ford Fellow liaisons. Applicants must (1) Individuals awarded a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree between November 30, 2008 and   November 14, 2015 in an eligible research-based field. Additional information including selection criteria and eligibility is available at the Ford Foundation website:


Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline:  December 1st 2015



The 2016 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation award program is intended to support postdoctoral scholars with 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 to an independent, tenure-track position. Fellows will be appointed for two years, and may begin as early as August 2016 and no later than December 31, 2016. The award amount will range from $57,000 – $67,000 based on research experience with 75% of the award going towards the stipend, which may be supplemented from other sources, and 25% used towards research expenditures. At the time of application, the identified candidate for the postdoctoral fellowship award must be a United States Citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for Permanent Residence and have been granted/conferred their PhD, MD or MD/PhD.


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA F32)

Deadline: *Office of Graduate Studies deadlines:  August 3, and December 3, 2015

*NIH Deadlines:  December 8, April 8, August 8 annually

Sponsor: National Institute of Health



Provides up to 3 years of support to promising postdoctoral applicants during their mentored postdoctoral training under the guidance of faculty sponsors, assisting in ensuring a diverse pool of highly trained scientists in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. The proposed postdoctoral training must offer an opportunity to enhance the applicant’s understanding of the health-related sciences, and must be within the broad scope of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research or other specific disciplines relevant to the research mission of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Applicants with a health professional doctoral degree may use the proposed postdoctoral training to satisfy a portion of the degree requirements for a master’s degree, a research doctoral degree or any other advanced research degree program. Individuals from diverse racial and ethnic groups and individuals with disabilities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Special Note: Applicants are cautioned that not all NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) participate in this program, and that consultation with relevant IC staff prior to submission of an application is strongly encouraged. The participating ICs have different emphases and program requirements for this program. Therefore, a prospective applicant is urged to consult the Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts to determine whether the planned research and training falls within the mission of one of the participating NIH ICs. Stipend support is based on postdoctoral career level, stipend scale and institutional support is listed at . If you are interested in this funding opportunity, please e-mail to set up your eraCommons profile. Applicants must send their complete 424-PDF application e-copy with the Office of Graduate Studies External Fellowship/Grant Application Data Form, proof of Conflict of Interest Training, and Form 800 to five business days in advance of deadline or by April 2, 2015 for the upcoming deadline). For complete Graduate Studies policy and application procedure, please see:


NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)

Deadline: January 12, 2016

Sponsor:  National Science Foundation



The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice, including facilities abroad. The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with research experience, mentorship, and training that will establish them in leadership positions in the Earth Sciences community. The research and education plans of each fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplines. Proposal deadlines are January 12, 2016 and January 10, 2017.


The Lalor Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Deadline: January 15, 2016
Sponsor: The Lalor Foundation

This postdoctoral fellowship program supports promising new researchers in establishing scientific and teaching careers in the field of mammalian reproductive biology as related to the regulation of fertility. Fellowships will be $50,000 per year for coverage of fellowship stipend, fringes and institutional overhead. Potential fellows should not have held the doctoral degree more than two years..


Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP)

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Sponsor: BWF



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. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.


Postdoctoral Fellowships in Tobacco Control Research
Deadline: January 20, 2016
Sponsor: The Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, UCSF


The fellowship supports two years of postdoctoral training in tobacco related research. Postdoctoral fellows will have exposure to diverse training including both didactic coursework and individualized mentoring to build a personalized research program. Fellows have come from medicine, public health, nursing, economics, anthropology, political science, law, sociology, psychology and cell biology. Prior tobacco research experience is relevant, but not necessary for acceptance. A doctorate/equivalent degree is required. Postdoctoral trainees will receive an annual salary commensurate with their experience, ranging from $ 44,000 to $ 57,000

Colleagues and American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Research Fellowships

Deadline: January 30, 2016

Sponsor:  CAORC




Multi-Country Research Fellowship

Supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Fellowship awards will not exceed $10,500. Funding is not available for research conducted in the United States. Group projects are admissible and will be evaluated as a single application. Travel is currently restricted by the U.S. Department of State to the following AORC countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan (for junior scholars), and Yemen. CAORC abides by all State Department travel restrictions. For more information on restricted travel please be sure to visit: . Ph.D. candidates must be ABD (all but dissertation) by May 2016.


Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship

The Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship supports Mediterranean-focused research in the humanities and related social sciences in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by the following American overseas research centers: the American Academy in Rome; the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman; the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem; the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, with centers in Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria; the American Research Center in Egypt; the American Research Institute in Turkey; the American School of Classical Studies at Athens; the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute; the Palestinian American Research Center; and the American Research Center in Sofia. Applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Applicants must be a doctoral candidate or scholar who obtained his/her PhD within the last ten years (September 2005 or later). Fellowship awards will not exceed $33,500. Funding is not available for research conducted in the United States. Applicants must propose a three- to nine-month humanities or related social science research project. Group projects are admissible and will be evaluated as a single application. Ph.D. candidates must be ABD (all but dissertation) by May 2016.


National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Awards

Deadlines: February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1 ~ Note: that not all sponsors participate in all four reviews*.

Sponsor: National Research Council of the National Academies



The Research Associateship Program provides opportunities to graduate,  postdoctoral, and senior level scientists and engineers of unusual promise to research areas, largely of their own choice that are compatible with the interests of sponsoring laboratories.  Awards are made for one or two years, renewable for a maximum of three years. Annual stipends range from $42,000 – $80,000 + depending upon the sponsoring laboratory. In addition, the NRC provides health insurance, relocation benefits and an allowance for professional travel. Eligibility: postdoctoral applicants must hold or anticipate receiving an earned doctorate in science or engineering. Many awards are open to foreign nationals as well as to U.S. citizens; however some citizen’s restrictions apply. *Applicants should inquire on open programs, deadlines, and additional information at sponsoring laboratory.


American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowships

April 1 and October 2016



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). Awards may be for three years with progressive stipends of $48,000, $50,000, and $52,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year fellowship allowance (an additional $1,500 is added to the fellowship allowance in the last year to attend the ACS Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium or a domestic scientific meeting). Depending on availability of special endowment funds, the Society annually selects one or more of the top-ranked fellowships to be supplemented above the standard stipend.


American Heart Society Postdoctoral Fellowships

Western States Affiliate:   January 14, 2016



Supports trainees initiate careers in broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts. The fellowship offers up to three years of support. Award amount is based on number of years as trained: $42,850-$56,400 Stipend, $ 1000 for health insurance, plus $3,000 for travel. Proposals are encouraged from all basic disciplines, as well as epidemiological, behavioral, community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems. Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, Visas: E-3, F-1, J-1, H-1B, TN, O-1.


Additional postdoctoral funding opportunities are listed at the UCOP website: