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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 Office of Sponsored Research Administration website as well as the Office of the Research Dean website are great resources for identifying additional funding opportunities. When the Office receives funding announcements directly from funding agencies, the WCM community is informed through the Broadcast Listserv.

Funding and Scholarship Updates

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Applications for the 2019 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program are now open and will close on Friday, February 1, 2019. 

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in...

Funding Opportunity: CTSC KL2 Training Award (Late-stage Postdoc)

The goal of the CTSC KL2 Career Development Award is to increase the pool of qualified clinical and translational (C/T) researchers trained to address the challenges of today’s complex clinical care environment by providing rigorous training...

Funding opportunity: CTSC TL1 Training Award (Early Postdoc)

The goal of the CTSC TL1 Training Award is to support career development among pre- and early post-doctoral trainees near the beginning of their careers by providing rigorous training and mentoring to conduct translational team research across...

Dean's Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Awards

Seeking proposals for basic, translational, clinical, informatics, or outcomes research that addresses health disparity areas. All full-time Weill Cornell postdocs eligible. Deadline: January 7th, 2019....

Charles H. Revson Senior Fellows in Biomedical Science Program

Internal Deadline: Monday, January 7, 2019

Program Description: The Charles H. Revson Foundation aims to support NYC’s most promising post-doctoral researchers in biomedical science. This two- year fellowship program is designed to meet...

Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists

Internal Deadline: Monday, January 7, 2019

Program Description: The Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists acknowledge and celebrate the excellence of outstanding postdoctoral scientists...

2019 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

Women, underrepresented minorities, and others from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply for the ...

New Funding Updates and Opportunities

All new funding opportunities have been posted to the research website. To see these opportunities as well as previously advertised opportunities, please view ...

Accepting Applications: Cross-Campus Exchange Program

The recently established Academic Integration Initiative aims to promote collaborations between the Cornell Ithaca campus and our campuses in New York City with the goal of taking discovery at Cornell to the next level of eminence.

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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