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Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

Benefits of Fellowships

Individual postdoctoral fellowships provide individual research training opportunities, including to international students. There are considerable benefits to applying for fellowships, including:

  • Experience: The process of applying for a fellowship develops grant writing skills and familiarity with the grant submission process.
  • Prestige: Competing against a national pool of candidates and receiving an individual fellowship from an external source can make a trainee more competitive for future funding or awards.
  • Financial Benefits: Many awards come with funds to support travel and other educational related expenses (computer, tablet, books, etc.).
  • Benefit to Mentor: Individual fellowships free up funds for the lab's research and other personnel.

There are many foundations and organizations that support individual fellowships for both domestic and international graduate students. These opportunities are often tied to particular research areas, support students at a certain thesis stage, or have specific eligibility criteria (e.g., students from underrepresented backgrounds).

Find a list of fellowships below. Contact the Biomedical Training Programs team with your questions.

National Institute of Health (NIH)

For a current list of NIH funding opportunities, visit the NIH individual fellowship website

Career Level NIH Grant  Eligibility Name
Early career F32 Has a research/clinical doctoral degree Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award
Established investigator F33 At least 7 years of postdoctoral degree research experience Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Senior Fellows
Predoc to Postdoc  F99/K00 In year 3 or 4 of PhD training Individual Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

 

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruitment and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. The competition is open to those dedicated to basic research from both doctoral and/or medical training paths in the biomedical and life science disciplines, including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and, if eligible, in their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.

 

Other Federal Fellowship Programs

Department of Defense Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Innovation Office Postdoctoral Fellowship

DARPA is broadening the scope of its commitment to talented young scientists, engineers, and mathematicians through this fellowship program focused specifically on postdoctoral researchers in the field of computer science. DARPA invites submissions of innovative basic or applied research concepts in areas of interest to I2O as listed in the Research Announcement.

Department of Energy Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE): Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the Intelligence Community. The research is conducted by the postdocs, while working in partnership with a research advisor and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community. This is a unique opportunity which allows the postdoc to continue their research at any university or government lab of their choice. 

 

Independent Organizations

Department of Defense Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Innovation Office Postdoctoral Fellowship

DARPA is broadening the scope of its commitment to talented young scientists, engineers, and mathematicians through this fellowship program focused specifically on postdoctoral researchers in the field of computer science. DARPA invites submissions of innovative basic or applied research concepts in areas of interest to I2O as listed in the Research Announcement.

Department of Energy Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE): Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the Intelligence Community. The research is conducted by the postdocs, while working in partnership with a research advisor and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community. This is a unique opportunity which allows the postdoc to continue their research at any university or government lab of their choice. 

 

Contact Us

The Biomedical Training Programs team provides support for the health sciences training infrastructure at the U. Our team works closely with offices across campus to coordinate and support activities related to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees. We provide pre and post-award support for the 20+ institutional training grants on campus and stay current on national trends and evolving grant requirements to ensure compliance and enhance programs. Contact us with your questions about training programs and pre and post award support.

Sean Flynn, PhD
Associate Director, Training Programs
sean.flynn@hsc.utah.edu
SarahMay Case
Academic Programs Manager (Post-Award Support)
sarahmay.case@hsc.utah.edu
Jess Kieper, CRA
Research Manager, Institutional Training Programs
jessica.kieper@hsc.utah.edu
Jeanette Ducut-Sigala, PhD
Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Health Sciences Training Programs
j.ducutsigala@utah.edu