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Postdoctoral Awards

Funding opportunities do not end once a student has obtained a doctoral degree. Below are a few examples of resources providing funding for postdoctoral work. Opportunities are arranged according to the month of their typical application deadlines.


American Heart Association (AHA) Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Postdoctoral Fellowship
AHA awards postdoctoral fellowships to students seeking to initiate a career in cardiovascular research. Open to US citizens, permanent residents, and nationals with various visa statuses. Disciplines awarded: all basic disciplines as well as epidemiological, community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.

Burrough Wellcome Fund for Underrepresented Minority Postdoctoral Enrichment
The Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $50,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (or 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.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers' Multi-country Research Fellowship
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. 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. Approximately eight awards of up to $10,500 each are given each year.

U.S. Census Bureau Postdoctoral Research ProgramThe U.S. Census Bureau offers extraordinary opportunities for postdoctoral research in statistics, computer science,survey methodology, economics, demography, and the social and behavioral sciences applicable to censuses and large scale sample surveys.

Northeastern University STEM Future Faculty Fellowship Program
Prospective Fellow must have completed the Ph.D. degree by the start of his/her fellowship term and no earlier than three years before the start of the fellowship term. Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. 


California Science+Technology+Policy Fellowships
The California Council on Science and Technology offers fellowships to scientist and engineers interested in providing critical, unbiased scientific and technical guidance for California political and policy processes. Open to US citizens, permanent residents, and individuals with H-1B, J1, J2, or spousal visas . Disciplines: multiple - visit link above for detailed information.


M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship
The M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship provides funding for early-career women seeking to return to research after a family-related interruption. Open to US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Disciplines awarded: physics.

National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
NSBRI provides funding for scholars seeking to complete carrying out ground-based, space-related biomedical/biotechnological research in accordance with the NSBRI's goals in any US laboratory. Open to US citizens, permanent residents, and nationals holding visas. Disciplines awarded: science and engineering as related to NSBRI's goals.


Fulbright Foundation US Scholars CORE Program
The US Scholars CORE Fulbright Scholar Program provides funding for individuals seeking to conduct teaching or research abroad after completing Ph.D. studies. Open to US citizens only. Disciplines awarded: multiple - visit link above for detailed information.

Harry Frank Guggenheim (HFG) Foundation Research Grant
The HFG Foundation awards individuals seeking to conduct research with promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence,
aggression, and dominance. No citizenship requirements specified. Disciplines awarded: natural and social sciences as well as humanities.


National Science Foundation (NSF) International Research Fellowship Program
NSF provides funding to early-career scholars seeking to form international research collaboratives. Open to US citizens or permanent residents. Disciplines awarded: multiple - visit link above for detailed information.


American Philosophical Society (APS) Franklin Research Grants
APS provides funding for research leading to publication for young scholars who have recently received a doctoral degree. Open to US citizens, permanent residents, and nationals conducting research at US institutions of higher learning. Disciplines: all.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship
The National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation have partnered to offer funding to individuals seeking to complete research related to critical areas in education. No citizenship requirements specified. Disciplines awarded: curriculum and instruction efficacy.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology
NSF provides funding to early-career scholars seeking to establish independent research in desired areas regardless of available funds and to foster diversity in postdoctoral biological sciences and bioinformatics. Open to US citizens or permanent residents. Disciplines awarded: biological sciences, bioinformatics, and related fields.

DHS Secretary's Honors Program
A highly competitive, premier program for exceptional recent graduates looking for a career at the Department of Homeland Security. This program includes the Information Technology Fellows, Cyber Fellows, Policy Fellows, Management Fellows, and the Emergency Management Fellows.


AAUW American Fellowships
Offers Dissertation Fellowships, Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships, and Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants. AAUW American Fellowships provide support to women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Open to US citizens or permanent residents. Dissertation Fellowship $20,000, Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship $30,000, Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant $6,000.

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Ford Foundation provides one year of postdoctoral support for students who recently graduated with a Ph.D. or Sc.D. Open to US citizens and permanent residents. Disciplines awarded: multiple - visit link above for detailed information.


United Negro College Fund/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship
UNCF/Merck offer fellowships to African-American students seeking to complete postdoctoral research. Open to US citizens or permanent residents. Disciplines awarded: life and physical sciences.


American Association for Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
The American Association for Cancer Research offers a wide variety of postdoctoral research funding awards. Eligibility varies by opportunity. Disciplines awarded: natural sciences and medicine.

The National Academies
Postdoctoral Research Awards, Graduate Research Awards and Senior Research Awards. Competitive awards that are available for engineers and scientists to conduct independent research in federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. The awards include attractive stipends, health insurance, professional travel, and relocation

Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Smithsonian Institution offers postdoctoral funding for scholars interested in research access to its collections, staff specialties, and reference sources. Open to scholars who have held their degrees for less than 7 years. Disciplines awarded: animal and environmental sciences; anthropology; earth sciences; art, science, social, and cultural history.

Swedish Research Council University Research Positions
The Swedish Research Council is offering 12 senior research positions at Swedish universities. Open to doctoral degree holders. Disciplines awarded: natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering, educational science, medicine, and research infrastructure.

Clifford G. Shull Fellowship Program
This postdoctoral fellowship program, named for the 1994 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, is open to all fields of science and engineering that utilize neutron techniques and/or advance neutron science including the physical, chemical, materials, biological, and medical sciences.

Postdoctoral Fellowships at Clemson University
Three postdoctoral fellowships on Biology of Human Diseases. The Departments of Biological Sciences, Genetics and Biochemistry, and Physics at Clemson University are seeking three exceptionally talented new investigators, who hold a PhD in relevant fields.

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