Funding Opportunities

It is common for postdocs to be supported by their PI in the first year or two, but often postdocs will be asked to find their own funding at some point. Fellowships and successful grant proposals also look impressive on your CV. For those seeking funding opportunities, the following websites are a great place to start. These are especially valuable for international postdocs who are excluded from many government and private fellowships.

The WCM Funding Database as well as the Office of Sponsored Research Administration website are great resources for identifying additional funding opportunities. WCM postdocs also have access to SPIN, a database of funding opportunities. You can sign in by choosing 'Weill Cornell' institutional credentials. When our Office receives funding announcements directly from funding agencies, we inform postdocs via the Posdoc Listserv.

Funding and Scholarship Updates

The William L. Young Neuroscience Research Award

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 William L. Young Neuroscience Award. Click here...

Mitchell Alan Ross Prize

The Mitchell Alan Ross Prize was established to encourage young investigators to pursue research in the areas of epilepsy and/or birth asphyxia. 

A prize of $5,000...

Lymphoma Research Foundation Fellowship

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) maintains a strong commitment to supporting early career investigators and ensuring they can build a successful career in the field of lymphoma research. The LRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant is designed to...

PhRMA Foundation - Postdoctoral Fellowships in Pharmacology/Toxicology

External Deadline: Sep 2020

American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

ABTA Basic Research Fellowship Program

Basic Research Fellowship Grants are two year, $100,000 grants supporting postdoctoral fellows conducting brain tumor research. Fellows must include a lead mentor who currently conducts...

Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars Fellowship Award

Internal Application Deadline: September 8, 2020 

Program Description: The Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars program will support individual neuroscientists of exceptional creativity. These awards are given as a...

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is a global prize, established in 2013, aimed at rewarding scientists at an early stage of their careers. ...

DoD Prostate Cancer, Early Investigator Research Award

The FY20 PCRP Early Investigator Research Award supports prostate cancer-focused research opportunities for individuals in the early stages of their careers under the guidance of one or more designated Mentors. This opportunity allows early...

Human Frontier Science Program

The aim of the Program is to promote, through international cooperation, basic research focused on the elucidation of the sophisticated and complex mechanisms of living organisms for the benefit of all humankind. Long-Term Fellowships are for...

Paralyzed Veterans of America

From transplanting cells and regenerating damaged nerve fibers to designing adaptive canoe seats, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation supports innovative research and fellowships that improve the lives of those with spinal cord...

National Ataxia Foundation

Post-doctoral fellowship awards are to serve as a bridge from post-doctoral positions to junior faculty positions. Applicants should have shown a commitment to research in the field of Ataxia.

Full application instructions will...

Society of Toxicology

Syngenta Fellowship Award in Human Health Applications of New Technologies

The Award is presented to either a third year (or later) graduate student or a postdoctoral trainee. Fellowship funding is to support mode-of-action research...

Breast Cancer Alliance - Young Investigator Grants

Instructions for Electronic Submission

Submit the items requested below ...

SOLVE - The Elevate Prize

The Elevate Prize will celebrate and support 10 extraordinary leaders, activists, innovators and risk-takers each year, working across sectors, issues and geographies.

For more information on this funding...

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)

Instructions for electronic submission: To apply for the Hartwell Foundation, please submit the materials requested below to ...

James S. McDonnell Foundation - Postdoctoral Fellowship

The JSMF Scholar Awards program is consistent with JSMF’s commitment to supporting high quality research and scholarship leading to the generation of new knowledge and its responsible application. The Scholar...

Government Sites

  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research: The largest funder of biomedical research in the world, NIH funds research in just about every area that's remotely related to human health and disease. This page includes extensive information about NIH grants, as well as a place to search NIH funding programs. The NIH website is free and does not require a subscription. Of particular note are the following programs:
    1. The NIH NRSA F32 Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship has three submission deadlines each year, April 8, August 8 and December 8.
    2. The NIH K99/R00 Career Development Award is a career transition award that allows for postdocs to complete the last one to two years of mentored training and begin a faculty position with research funding. Please note that the eligibility period for the K99/R01 award has been changed from five years to four years of postdoctoral training.
  • The NIH also has other career development awards besides the K99, some of which are geared towards postdocs.
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF): An independent federal agency, the U.S. National Science Foundation funds approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted at America's colleges and universities. This is the place to search for NSF funding programs. The NSF Web site is free and does not require a subscription.
  • Department of Defense (DOD): The DOD has a number of funding areas, some of which may be open to postdoctoral submissions. Please look through their various funding opportunities if you are interested.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The EPA provides support for research fellowships and professional development opportunities to encourage students to obtain advanced degrees in the environmental sciences and pursue STEM-related careers.
  • - lists all current discretionary funding opportunities from 26 agencies of the United States government, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and many others -- in other words, all the most important public funders of research in the United States. is free and does not require a subscription.

Free Search Sites

  • Newton's List: Newton's List seeks to facilitate international science cooperation by providing a forum for grantseekers and funders. The site is a free resource open to individuals searching for international funding and organizations looking to market their grants to an international audience. Established in 2013 and co-sponsored by CRDF Global and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Newton's List is a user-driven aggregate of current international funding opportunities for students and researchers working in natural and social science fields.
  • SPIN-InfoED: A searchable funding database that contains national, international, government and private funding sources. You can search for all types of awards (grants, fellowships, private foundations, publication support, etc.) SPIN can be accessed for free through the WCM Office of Research website.

Subscription Sites

  • Pivot- Community of Science: Community of Science claims the "largest, most comprehensive database of available funding," with 700 member institutions. Individuals can register free, but this won't get you access to the funding database.
  • ResearchResearch: Based in London, ResearchResearch provides an international option for people seeking research-funding programs. A paid subscription is required for access.
  • When you register with this website you will receive periodic notification of grants with the eligibility requirements you specify.

Private and Foundation Support 

General Fellowship Opportunities for Postdocs (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents) 


General Fellowship Opportunities for Postdocs (Non-U.S. Citizens)


General Fellowship Opportunities for Postdocs (Unrestricted)

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