Graduate and Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities
Search grant opportunities offered by 26 federal agencies.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)
The Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Fellows provides support to promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Applicant fellows must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or permanent residents.
Pathway to Independence Award
Provides up to 5 years of support consisting of two phases. The initial phase will provide 1-2 years of mentored support for postdoctoral research scientists. This phase will be followed by up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent tenure-track or equivalent research position.
American Heart Association Funding Opportunities
Medical Student Research Programs, Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships, Clinical Research Program, Undergraduate Student Research Programs, Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Awards, Beginning Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, & Scientist Development Grants
Cancer Research Institute
Supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in cancer immunology or general immunology.
American Liver Foundation Research Awards Program
Since 1979, the Research Awards Program has provided more than $24 million in research funding. Over 750 qualified scientists and physicians have pursued careers in liver disease research and treatment as a result of receiving these grants early in their careers.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Offers five types (mechanisms) of grants to support breast cancer research. Career Catalyst Research (CCR), Investigator Initiated Research (IIR), Post Baccalaureate Training in Disparities Research (PBTDR), Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF), and Promise Grants
United Negro College Fund
UNCF/Merck awards and fellowships are intended to provide support to African American undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to obtain training or continue to conduct research projects. Applications accepted starting Sep. 15th.
This fellowship enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars of all nationalities and all disciplines to carry out research projects for extended periods of time in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, the quality and feasibility of the proposed research and the applicant's publications. Postdoctoral scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the application submission date are eligible. This fellowship allows for a stay of 6-24 months in Germany and provides financial assistance. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Selection committee meetings take place three times a year, in March, July and November. Applications should be submitted at least four to seven months ahead of the prospective selection meeting. For more information, please visit the website.
The Pasteur Foundation administers a fellowship program to bring U.S. postdoctoral researchers to work in any one of the 130+ Institute Pasteur laboratories in Paris. Guided by the institute's administration, which seeks to develop international scientific exchanges to ensure the vitality of Institute Pasteur labs, this program is open to American citizens who are not already in France and who have received their PhD degree within the last five years. The three-year fellowship package is $70,000 annually: $55,000 fellowship plus $15,000 bench fees to support the research. For more information, please visit the website. The deadline for the 2012-2013 fellowship program has passed. The next anticipated deadline is TBD. Please check back for more information.
Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to $1,200 to students and post-docs. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance. For a list of conferences, please click here. Expenses covered by the scholarship include registration, air (on a U.S. air carrier), ground transportation and lodging costs. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.
Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated. Please click here for scholarship details.
NOTE: Underrepresented Minority Scholarships are also available.
This program offers a two-year Fellowship Program, which provides an opportunity for health professionals and scientists to receive training and experience at the FDA. Fellows will train at FDA's White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland or at other FDA facilities. Salaries are extremely competitive, and travel funds are available to attend scientific meetings.
Applications for the 2013 CFP class will be accepted between December 2012 through March 2013. More information is available on their website.
The focus of this program 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 program also has an explicit goal "to enable those entering the postgraduate workforce to contribute to our understanding of global sustainability. The SEES Fellows program requires that:
- The Fellow's proposed investigation should be interdisciplinary and allow him/her to obtain research experience beyond his/her current core disciplinary expertise;
- The Fellow develops a research partnership that would broaden the impact and/or scope of the proposed research activities;
- The Fellow devotes some time to a professional development activity; and
- The proposal includes letters from "postdoctoral mentors," including the "Host Mentor" and "Partner Mentor." The letters must include a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for the applicant, such as career counseling, training in preparing grant applications, guidance on ways to improve teaching skills, and training in research ethics.
SEES Fellows proposals will be evaluated through use of the two National Science Board-approved merit review criteria of intellectual merit and broader impacts. In addition, In line with the requirements above, additional review criteria will be used that relate to SEES, the research host and research partner, and the Fellow's professional development (see the solicitation section on NSF Merit Review Criteria)." Postdocs who have received their PhD within the past four years are eligible. For further information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.
National Institute of Health
- Research Supplements to Promote Diversity: This is a supplement to an advisor’s existing grant. There is no application deadline since supplement proposals can be submitted at any time.
- NHLBI K01 Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity
- NINDS K01 Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research
National Science Foundation:
New and Early Stage Investigators
American Association for Cancer Research
Funds cancer researchers at various stages in their careers, from fellowships to career development awards to grants for independent investigators.
American Cancer Society Research Programs and Funding
Synopsis: Grants provide support for independent, self-directed researchers in the first six years of their independent research careers to conduct basic, preclinical, clinical, and epidemiology research projects.
Young Investigator Program, Office of Naval Research
ONR’s Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and for FY2013, have begun their first appointment on or after 01 November 2007, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members to the Department of the Navy’s research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years.
Young Faculty Award, DARPA
The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and expose them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA’s program development process. The YFA program provides funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding. The long-term goal is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and national security issues.
New Investigator Awards, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
Funding program areas vary and may include: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Autism, Bone Marrow Failure, Breast Cancer, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Genetic Studies of Food Allergies, Gulf War Illness, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurofibromatosis, Ovarian Cancer, Peer Reviewed Cancer, Peer Reviewed Medical, Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic, Prostate Cancer, Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Some of these program areas, such as Peer Reviewed Cancer, Prostate Cancer, and Traumatic Brain Injury have included New Investigator Awards
Young Investigators Award, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy
The Fund for Discovery awards up to $500,000 over three years to Young Investigators (tenure track assistant professors) conducting innovative exploratory research.