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National Postdoctoral Association

Visit the NPA website to find postdoc positions across the United States.

Science Careers

Created by the journal Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Careers posts job opportunities worldwide and in the US for postdocs, plus career advice and events.



The Leading Edge Symposium
Applications Due Jan. 6 2020
Symposium May 3-5 2020

The Leading Edge Symposium is an annual meeting that provides women and non-binary postdocs with

  1. a platform to present their work
  2. an opportunity to meet and connect with one another
  3. mentorship and career development training from world leaders in biomedical research.


All talks will be from women and non-binary postdocs selected from applications, with the exception of keynote addresses from Carol Greider and Sue Biggins. All costs are covered for fellows (travel/accommodation/childcare). The Leading Edge Symposium also welcomes representatives from institutions that are looking to support a gender-diverse faculty to attend the symposium. The inaugural symposium will be at Janelia Research Campus in Virginia from May 3-5, 2020. Applications are due January 6, 2020. More information is in the attached flyer and at

There are no available limited submission opportunities at Vanderbilt at this time.

If you are applying directly to an external funding agency for a fellowship or other research funding while a postdoc at Vanderbilt, please tell us about the application you are submitting by completing this short form. This will help us keep track of direct-to-sponsor fellowship/grant applications and aid in our data collection and outcomes reporting.


Caring Together, NY, Ovarian Cancer Research Grant

$30,000 one-year award 

The Foundation gratefully acknowledges Caring Together, Inc., of New York for the support of this grant. Caring Together, Inc. of New York is dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy for women with ovarian cancer and to supporting research efforts aimed at finding an early detection test and a cure.
Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) members who apply should be junior investigators, generally Assistant Professor and below. Priority will be given to junior investigators. Non-members of the SGO may apply with a co-investigator who is an SGO member. The goal of such collaborative applications is to foster collaboration and mentorship of an investigator new to the field. It is important for the applicant to document this relationship. At this time research being done outside of the United States will not be considered for funding; however, a non-U.S. resident may apply for a grant for research being done at an American institution. The Foundation will accept one application per person per year.

For more information see their website and application guidelines. Abstracts are due Aug. 26, 2019.



Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation

The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences or Chemical Instrumentation Award Program supports advanced research by postdoctoral scholars within the core areas of fundamental chemistry or the development and build of chemical instrumentation; research must be innovative in method, speed or process, or represent new instrument technology. This fellowship will be a catalyst from "mentored yet independent" postdocs to outstanding, independent researchers in academic or industry/governmental labs.

The Fellowships will be in two tracks (applicants will choose one):

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences will allow chemists to pursue advanced research within the core areas of fundamental chemistry, such as chemical physics, chemical engineering, and chemistry of materials research. The fellowship is not intended to fund proposals that are supported by traditional NIH mechanisms in the fields of chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry. 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Instrumentation will allow researchers in chemistry to conceptualize, develop and build instrumentation suitable to advanced research in chemistry, chemical physics, chemical engineering, and chemistry of materials science. Instrumentation projects must be suitable to the two-year fellowship timeframe, be driven by a need in the chemical sciences listed above, be innovative in method speed or process or represent a wholly new instrument for technical advancement in chemistry, and may potentially be used for future research in the broader scientific community.

See their website for eligibility requirements and how to apply. Application opens June 6, 2019 and closes September 6, 2019.



FSH Society Fellowships

Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) - FSH Society offers postdoctoral fellowships, research fellowships, and basic research and clinical-research grants to support research relevant to understanding the molecular genetics, pathophysiology, cause, and treatments of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD).

Support will be for research fellowship projects that contribute to identifying and understanding the basic defect of FSHD and preclinical and translational research related to FSHD.Indirect costs are not allowed but fringe benefits are considered part of personnel costs and are acceptable. The range of awards for grants is between $7,500 and $80,000 per year with an average award being about $55,000. Funded fellowships may be requested for one, two or three years, subject to satisfactory progress reports at 6 months intervals.

See this document, and their website for more information. A letter of intent must be submitted to obtain the application, and the application deadline is August 31, 2019.



CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in fundamental immunology or cancer immunology.

A panel of scientists drawn from our Scientific Advisory Council rigorously evaluates each candidate, the intended sponsor and training environment, and the nature and feasibility of the proposed project.

The Institute seeks hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies in both immunology and tumor immunology. The applicant and sponsor should make every effort to demonstrate the potential of the proposed studies to directly impact our understanding of the immune system’s role in cancer.

Learn more about the fellowship, including financial information and eligibility requirements on

Deadline for applications is April 1, 2019 and October 1, 2019, at 5:00PM Eastern time.



SFARI Bridge to Independence Award Program

Grants awarded through the Bridge to Independence Award program are intended to invest in the next generation of top autism investigators by identifying talented early-career scientists interested in autism research and facilitating their transition to independent research careers.

While they encourage applications from postdoctoral fellows who are working on autism-related projects, they would like to stress that this award is also open to researchers who are not currently working on autism but who are interested in starting research projects in this area and who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.


  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree
  • Applicants must have fewer than six (6) years of postdoctoral or otherwise mentored training.
  • Applicants must be currently in non-independent, mentored, training positions, as recognized by their institution.

See their website for more information and guidelines. Letter of recommendation and Letter of Intent due August 8, 2019.



Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowships in Israel for U.S. Citizens

The Fulbright United States - Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) is looking for the brightest and most innovative scholars planning to pursue research in Israel.  The grants, which will commence during the 2020/21 academic year, are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work in Israel for up to 20 months (two academic years 2020/2021 and 2021/2022).

Applicants may seek additional funding available from the following host institutions:

  • Weizmann Institute for Science
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Bar Ilan University
  • University of Haifa
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • The Volcani Center, Agricultural Research Organization

Direct questions regarding assistance with identifying suitable host institutions or contacts to Noa Turgemen at USIEF, and review full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, on the USIEF website.

Apply by September 16, 2019.



Lymphoma Research Foundation Fellowship Grant

The LRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant is designed to support investigators at the level of advanced fellow or postdoctoral researcher in laboratory or clinic- based research with results and conclusions that must be clearly relevant to the treatment, diagnosis or prevention of Hodgkin and/or non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Areas of research may include, but are not limited to, etiology, immunology, genetics, therapies and transplantation. Historically, successful applications in this program have focused on basic, translational, and epidemiological research. The LRF Grantee must spend 80 percent of their time in research during the award period.

The LRF Postdoctoral Fellowship provides a total of $105,000 to grantees over two years. Salary support is provided in the amount of $45,000 for the first year and $50,000 for the second year. Incidental funds of $5,000 per year may be budgeted for research supplies or professional development expenses such as tuition, registration fees, and travel for courses and meetings. This Grant does not provide for institutional overhead.

Please contact Dinessa Solomon, VU Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, if you have any questions or if she can provide further support through the application process.  She can be reached at 615-875-4915 or

Applications are due September 5, 2019. Additional information for this opportunity is available here.

American Urological Association 2020 Research Scholar Awards

The Urology Care Foundation, the official foundation of the American Urological Association (AUA), works to ensure the future of urologic health by supporting and improving the prevention, detection, and treatment of urologic diseases through research and patient education. The Urology Care Foundation has recognized a major need to encourage bright, young physician-scientists and researchers to dedicate their careers to improving patients’ lives through better understanding of the development and management of urologic diseases and conditions.

The AUA offers a portfolio of mentored research training awards to recruit outstanding young investigators into urologic research and foster their career success.

The Research Scholar Program, our premier funding opportunity, provides $40,000 per year for one- and two-year mentored training for:

  • Clinical and postdoctoral fellows who are no more than five years beyond completing a doctorate or residency
  • Early career investigators who are in the first five years after beginning a faculty position

The 2020 Research Scholar Award competition is now open! A letter of intent is required and is due on August 8, 2019 by 5 p.m. Eastern time. The application deadline is September 5, 2019.

Information and application here.