Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities - Government

Early in your training? Consider applying for the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award!

Looking to transition to an independent position? Get familiar with the NIH Career Development Awards (K awards). Every institute uses every single K award differently!

Postdoctoral Fellowships

NIH F Series Standard Dates: April 8, August 8, December 8

Title of OpportunityDue DateDescription
Data Science Fellowship Several Deadlines 8-week fellowship - Enter industry - Free for admitted Fellows
F32: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral FellowshipF Series Standard DatesResearch training - Postdoctoral candidates - U.S. citizens or permanent residents - Must have obtained a PhD before the activation of the award (applications can be submitted while you are still a graduate student).
NINDS Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Training of Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) - PAR-16-458F Series Standard DatesEligible to apply for support from this program from ~12 months prior to the start of the proposed postdoctoral position to within 12 months after starting in postdoctoral position. This NINDS F32 seeks to foster early, goal-directed planning and to encourage applications for bold and/or innovative projects by the candidate that have the potential for significant impact. Incorporate strong training in quantitative reasoning and the quantitative principles of experimental design and analysis. 
F32 - AHRQF Series Standard DatesHealth services research -  Healthcare disparities and quality measurement and improvement. 
Intramural NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program (Fi2) 10/3/2017Basic biomedical sciences - NIH intramural research laboratory - Leadership positions in biomedical careers - Career development and networking opportunities
NSF PRFB: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in BiologyFirst Tuesday of November AnnuallyBIO programs are: (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Under-represented in Biology, (2) Research Using Biological Collections, and (3) National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.  
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships  (SPRF)First Tuesday of November AnnuallyThe SPRF program offers two tracks: (I) Fundamental Research in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-FR) and (II) Broadening Participation in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-BP). 
NIDA Fellowships for Postdoctoral Training2018 Deadline TBAFour different fellowships are available. INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship, INVEST/Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Drug Abuse Research Fellowship, U.S.–Mexico Drug Abuse Prevention Research Fellowship, and NIDA-Inserm Postdoctoral Drug Abuse Research Fellowships for U.S. and French Scientists.

Career Development Awards (Transition Awards)

NIH K Series Standard Dates: February 12, June 12, October 12

Title of Opportunity Due DateDescription
NIH Director’s Early Independence Award – DP5Opens yearly in Spring through SummerExceptional junior investigators - Forego postdoctoral training - No citizenship restriction.
K99/R00: NIH Pathway to Independence AwardK Series Standard DatesOpen to all nationalities! Timely transition to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions.  No more than four years of training after receiving your terminal degree. 
K22: NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience ResearchK Series Standard DatesFacilitate transition to a stable and productive independent (i.e., non-mentored) research position. A doctoral research degree (Ph.D., P.h.D./M.D. or equivalent) and between 2 and 5 years of postdoctoral prior research training
NIMH K01 - Mentored Research Scientist Development AwardK Series Standard DatesSupport and “protected time” (three, four, or five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. No more than 6 years of postdoctoral experience
NCI K07 - Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral Sciences, and Population Sciences Career Development Award

K Series Standard Dates

Career development of junior investigators - Cancer-focused academic researchers in cancer prevention, cancer control, or the behavioral or population sciences. No more than 8 years of research experience after the terminal doctoral degree.