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External Opportunities

Where to find funding depends largely on your area of research. However, it is an essential part of postdoctoral training to try and secure your own funding and is expected of postdocs looking to become research faculty. 

General resources

UIC has an entire office dedicated resources to finding funding. They provide UIC researchers (postdocs included!) with tools to find external funding. Specifically, UIC has a license for the use of Pivot-COS, a searcheable funding database.

For international postdocs, the National Postdoc Assocation has compiled an extensive list of International Fellowships & Grants.

Check out this article about Where to Search for Funding.

Below, the PDA has compiled a list of specific fellowship opportunities for postdocs.

Postdoc Fellowship Funding Opportunities

Funder Topic area Fellowship link Application deadline Citizenship requirement Postdoc, Transition, Faculty
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Pediatric oncology Young Investigator Grants, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation December No P, T
Alpha-1 Foundation Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant, Alpha-1 Foundation February (LOI September) No P, F
ALS Association ALS The Milton Safenowitz Post-Doctoral Fellowship for ALS Research Awards February No P, T, F
Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship (AARF) April (LOI March) No P,F
American Association for Cancer Research  Cancer American Association for Cancer Research Funding Various No P, T, F
American Association of University Women (AAUW) All Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship November Yes P
American Brain Tumor Association Brain Tumor Basic Research Fellowship, American Brain Tumor Association March (LOI November) No P,F
American Cancer Society Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Cancer Society  April Yes P
American Cancer Society Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Cancer Society  October Yes P
American Diabetes Association Diabetes American Diabetes Association Funding July No P,F
American Epilepsy Society Epilepsy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, American Epilepsy Society January (LOI November) No P,F
American Federation for Aging Research Aging Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research May (LOI January) No P,T,F
American Heart Association Cardiovascular Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association August No P,T,F
American Lung Association Lung American Lung Association Funding December (LOI October) No P,T,F
American Mathematical Society Maths AMS Congressional Fellowship February No P
American Parkinson’s Disease Association Parkinson’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Parkinson’s Disease Association March No P
American Physiological Society  Physiology American Physiological Society Awards Various No Various
American Urological Association Urology Research Scholar Awards, American Urological Association September (LOI August) No P, T
Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration Frontotemporal degeneration AFDT Postdoctoral Fellowship January (LOI November) No P
AT Children’s Project Ataxia-telangiectasia Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, AT Children’s Project March (LOI February) No P, F
AT Children’s Project Ataxia-telangiectasia Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, AT Children’s Project September (LOI August) No P, F
Autism Science Foundation Autism Postdoctoral Training Award, Autism Science Foundation December No P
Beckman Foundation Chemical Science & Chemical Instrumentation Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship September Yes P
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation Brain and behavior NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation March No P,F
BrightFocus Foundation Aging, sight Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards, BrightFocus Foundation Not currently posted No T,F
Cancer Research Institute Immunology or cancer immunology CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program April No P
Cancer Research Institute Immunology or cancer immunology CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program October No P
Cooley’s Anemia Foundation Thalassemia Research Fellowship, Cooley’s Anemia Foundation February No P, T, F
Craig H Neilsen Foundation Spinal cord injury Psychosocial Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, Craig H Neilsen Foundation July (LOI March) No P,F
Craig H Neilsen Foundation Spinal cord injury SCI Research on the Translational Spectrum Postdoctoral Fellowship, Craig H Neilsen Foundation October (LOI May) No P,F
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Crohn’s disease, colitis Research Fellowship Awards, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation January (LOI November) No P,T,F
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Crohn’s disease, colitis Research Fellowship Awards, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation July (LOI May) No P,T,F
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation  Cystic fibrosis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation  May No P,F
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation  Cystic fibrosis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation  December No P,F
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Cancer Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowship Award March No P
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Cancer Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowship Award August No P
Dravet Syndrome Foundation Dravet Syndrome Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dravet Syndrome Foundation September No P, F
European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Molecular biology Long-Term Fellowship February No P
European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Molecular biology Long-Term Fellowship August No P
Fight for Sight Ophthalmology Fellowship, Prevention Blindness America November No P
Ford Foundation All Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship December Yes P
FRAXA Research Foundation Fragile X FRAXA Fellowships February No P
GBS/CIDP Foundation International  Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) Benson Clinical Research Fellowship, GBS/CIDP Foundation International November (LOI August) No P, F
Heart Rhythm Society Cardiac electrophysiology HRS Research Fellowship Scholarship February No P
Helen Hay Whitney Foundation All Research Fellowship, Helen Hay Whitney Foundation July No P
Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation Eating disorders Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation February No P, F
Hope Funds for Cancer Research Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hope Funds for Cancer Research September No P
Human Frontier Science Program Life Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships, Human Frontier Science Program August No P,T,F
Huntington’s Disease Society of America Huntington’s Berman/Topper HD Career Development Fellowship March No P
James S. McDonnell Foundation Any (theoretical and mathematical tools) Postdoctoral Fellowship, James S. McDonnell Foundation June No T
Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund Biomedical sciences JCC Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship February No P
Juvenile Diabetes Research  Foundation Juvenile diabetes Postdoctoral Fellowships, Juvenile Diabetes Research  Foundation July No P,T,F
Lalor Foundation Reproductive Biology The Lalor Foundation Fellowship January No P
LAM Foundation LAM (Lymphangioleiomyomatosis) Career Development Research Grant June No P
Larry L. Hillbom Foundation Diabetes, ageing Larry L. Hillbom Foundation January No P,F
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society  Cancer Career Development Program, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society  September No P,F
Life Sciences Research Foundation Life Sciences LSFR Fellowship October No P
L’Oreal STEM The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship February Yes P
Lymphoma Research Foundation Lymphoma Postdoctoral Fellowships, Lymphoma Research Foundation September No P, T, F
Marfan Foundation Marfan syndrome and related disorders Victor A. McKusick Fellowship Program, Marfan Foundation February No P, F
Morris Animal Foundation Large companion animal health and welfare Fellowship Training, Morris Animal Foundation July No P, F
Morton Cure Paralysis Foundation Paralysis, spinal cord injury, CNS disorders Research Grant, Morton Cure Paralysis Foundation April No P, F
Morton Cure Paralysis Foundation Paralysis, spinal cord injury, CNS disorders Research Grant, Morton Cure Paralysis Foundation October No P, F
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Cancer Research Fellow Awards, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation June No P,F
Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation Myotonic Dystrophy Postdoctoral Fellowship, Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation September No P
National Ataxia Foundation Ataxia Fellowship Awards, National Ataxia Foundation November (LOI October) No P,T,F
National Hemophilia Foundation Hemophilia Judith Graham Pool Postdoctoral Research Fellowships August (LOI July) No P,T
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical sciences NIH-Pathway to Independence K99/R00 February No T
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical sciences NIH-Pathway to Independence K99/R00 June No T
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical sciences NIH-Pathway to Independence K99/R00 October No T
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Multiple Sclerosis Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Multiple Sclerosis Society August No P
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Multiple Sclerosis Mentor-Based Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Multiple Sclerosis Society August (prelim application July) No P
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Multiple Sclerosis Career Transition Fellowship, National Multiple Sclerosis Society August (prelim application May) No P
National PKU Alliance Phenylketonuria Postdoctoral Fellowship, National PKU Alliance November No P, F
Paralyzed Veterans of America Spinal cord injury Fellowships, Paralyzed Veterans of America July No P,F
Parkinson’s Foundation Parkinson’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Parkinson’s Foundation February (LOI November) No P
PhRMA Foundation Health Outcomes Postdoctoral Fellowship, Health Outcomes February No P
PhRMA Foundation Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Postdoctoral Fellowship, Translational Medicine and Therapeutics February No P
PhRMA Foundation Informatics Postdoctoral Fellowship, Informatics September No P
PhRMA Foundation Pharmaceutics Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pharmaceutics September No P
PhRMA Foundation Pharmacology /Toxicology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pharmacology/Toxicology September No P
PKD Foundation Polycystic kidney disease PKD Foundation Fellowships January No P,F
Prevent Cancer Foundation Cancer Research Fellowships, Prevent Cancer Foundation June No P,F
Prostate Cancer Foundation  Prostate cancer Young Investigator Award, Prostate Cancer Foundation  Not currently posted No P, T, F
SASS Foundation for Medical Research Cancer Research Fellowship, The SASS Foundation for Medical Research November (LOI August) Unknown P
Schmidt Science Fellows  All Schmidt Science Fellows  Not currently posted No P
Simons Foundation Marine microbial ecology Simons PDF in Marine Microbial Ecology June No P
St. Baldrick’s Foundation Cancer St. Baldrick’s Scholar March (LOI January) No P,F
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation Not currently posted No P,F
Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program Tobacco-related diseases Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program March (LOI February) No P,F
Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program Tobacco-related diseases Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program September (LOI August) No P,F
Tourette Association of America Tourette’s syndrome TAA Young Investigator Award February (Pre-proposal November) No P,F
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance  Tuberous Sclerosis Postdoctoral Fellowships, TS Alliance August (LOI April) No P,F