For additional opportunities, see our complete list here.

*Indicates opportunities open only to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and/or green card holders

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Hubble Fellowship Program

Supports promising postdoctoral scientists to pursue independent research which contributes to NASA Astrophysics using theory, observation, experimentation, or instrument development.

  • Maximum of two fellows per host institution per year; no more than five fellows at any single host institution
  • Three-year fellowship
  • Includes a competitive annual stipend, health insurance, relocation costs, travel, computing services, publications and other direct research costs
  • Deadline: November
  • Eligibility: Open to applicants of any nationality who have earned their doctoral degrees in astronomy, physics, or related disciplines within three years of the submission year (or by September of the year following submission).
  • Preparation: Awards are made as grants to the institution and a candidate’s advisor must serve as the principal investigator of the award
  • Sponsor website: https://www.stsci.edu/stsci-research/fellowships/nasa-hubble-fellowship-program/announcement-of-opportunity
*National Institutes of Health (NIH) F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein Posdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA)

To enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

  • Specific terms vary by Funding Opportunity Announcements
  • Stipends follow NRSA guidelines, issued annually
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a research or clinical doctoral degree based at U.S. domestic or foreign institutions
  • Sponsor website: https://researchtraining.nih.gov/programs/fellowships/f32
*National Science Foundation (NSF) Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (AGS-PRF)

Awarded to high qualified early career investigators to carry out an independent research program that addresses scientific questions within the scope of AGS disciplines.

  • Fellowship duration of up to two years
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens, nationals or legally admitted permanent residents (green card holders). See sponsor website for additional eligibility criteria regarding degree/employment status and mentoring.
  • Award budgets will be $94,000 in year one and increase to $96,000 in year two
  • Full proposals accepted anytime, but different programs may have preferred target windows, so please contact the relevant program director early in the planning process
  • Sponsor website: https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportunities/atmospheric-and-geospace-sciences-postdoctoral-research-fellowships-ags-prf
*National Science Foundation (NSF) Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MPS-Ascend)

Support for postdoctoral fellows who will broaden the participation of groups that are underrepresented in MPS fields in the U.S. as future leaders in MPS fields. The program funds postdoctoral fellows in research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development and facilitates their transition into a faculty appointment.

  • Fellowship duration is between 12 and 36 months, beginning no later than October 1 of the proposal year
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens, nationals or legally admitted permanent residents (green card holders) who have completed their doctoral degree requirements prior to the postdoctoral appointment start date
  • Funding of $100,000 per year: up to $70,000 in stipend and $30,000 in expenses directly related to the conduct of the research an/or fringe benefits
  • Deadline: January
  • Applicant must select a sponsoring scientist who will provide mentoring and guidance through design and execution of a mentoring plan.
  • Sponsor website: https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportunities/mathematical-and-physical-sciences-ascending-postdoctoral-research
*Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research relevant to the intelligence community in partnership with a research advisor and collaborating with an advisor from the intelligence community.

  • Appointment duration of 24 months
  • Includes an annual stipend ranging from $75,000 – $79,000; $6,000 in travel funds; up to $5,000 in laboratory costs to the host institution, and a $10,000 stipend and $2,000 travel budget for the research advisor
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens who have received their Ph.D. within 5 years of the application deadline
  • Deadline varies by opportunity
  • Sponsor website: https://orise.orau.gov/icpostdoc/applicants/index.html
*American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship

Support for researchers who have received a doctoral degree to provide training leading to an independent career in cancer research.

American Heart Association (AHA) Postdoctoral Fellowship

To enhance the training of postdoctoral applicants who are not yet independent, but embedded in an appropriate investigative group with the mentorship, support, and relevant scientific guidance of a research mentor.

  • One- or two-year fellowships
  • Deadline: August
  • Includes a stipend and health insurance allowance based upon rates published annually, as well as $3,000 per year in project support
  • Eligibility: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent at the time of award and have no more than 5 years of research or training experience since obtaining that degree. Awardees must devote at least 80% of full-time work to either research or activities pursuant to independent research.
  • Sponsor website: https://professional.heart.org/en/research-programs/application-information/postdoctoral-fellowship
*Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship

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.

  • Two-year fellowships, with possibility for third year by renewal
  • Includes an award of $180,000 over 2 years for salary, fringes, and research expenditures (instrumentation fellows will receive an additional one-time amount of $200,000). Fellows receiving a third year will receive an additional $90,000.
  • Deadline: December
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident at a U.S. institution. See sponsor website for additional eligibility requirements regarding degree status, research area, and sponsoring mentor.
  • Sponsor website: https://www.beckman-foundation.org/programs/beckman-postdoctoral-fellows/
*National Research Council Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

Provides one year of support to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

  • One-year fellowship
  • Benefits include a stipend of $50,000, an invitation to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows, and access to the Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons network
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents (green card holders), individuals granted deferred action status under DACA, indigenous individuals, individuals granted Temporary Protected Status, asylees, and refugees are all eligible. Must be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S.
  • Deadline: December
  • Sponsor website: https://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_171940