Funding Opportunities for Postdocs

Important note: In most cases, receiving one of the fellowships below will require a postdoc to be classified as a postdoctoral fellow. The tax and benefits implications of this title are described on this page of our site.

Need some guidance on applying for grants and fellowships?  Learn more from a recent compendium of tips from Yale’s grants office.   The grants office also provides a list of databases of fellowships.

SPIN and GrantForward are two national databases of funding opportunities. Access these links from the Yale network. 

The NIH also maintains a list of non-NIH funding opportunities. Johns Hopkins regularly updates their list of Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities.

American Cancer Society

American Federation for Aging Research

American Heart Association

American Society for Engineering Education

Branco Weiss Fellowship (science, engineering, social sciences)

Brown Coxe Fellowship (internal Yale competition for bioscientists)

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Cancer Research Institute

Cancer Society

Center for Genomic Regulation

Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation

EMBO (US not eligible)

Energry Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Fogarty Funding Opportunities

Ford Foundation (Science, Engineering, Medicine)

Fraxa Research Foundation

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation

The Hertz Foundation

HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows Program (underrepresented minorities)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Human Frontier Science Program

James McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Complex Systems

Jane Coffin Childs Foundation

JDRF (Diabetes research)

Leukemia Foundation

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Life Sciences Research Foundation

L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science Program

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Hemophilia Foundation

NIH Funding Announcements

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in:



Earth Science




PhRMA Foundation

St. Baldrick’s Foundation (childhood cancer research)

Science/AAAS – Grants & Funding Resource Page

Sydney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research

UNCF Merck Science Initiative

Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program (biomedical research in Israel)