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Funding Opportunities

Columbia University has resources available to assist postdocs in identifying funding for research, training, and publishing:

USA Government Funding Opportunities:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding Opportunities:

“Columbia University established an Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) in 2006, with a primary mission to serve the needs of the Columbia University postdoctoral community. OPA has annually coordinated an array of career development events for the Columbia postdoctoral community, including seminars and workshops focused on funding mechanisms, grantsmanship, networking skills, communication skills, career exploration and management, leadership, work-life balance, as well as full semester courses on grant writing and responsible conduct of research. Additional events for the current year include an individual development plan (IDP) seminar and workshop series and career panel networking events, as well as seminars and workshops on applying for faculty positions, how to conduct an effective chalk talk, scientific and medical writing, teaching, and Industry skill development. OPA also holds monthly research lunch hours as a venue for postdoctoral trainees to present their research and refine their scientific presentation skills. For individualized career support, OPA offers a career service to postdoctoral trainees through a dedicated career counselor who provides CV, resume and cover letter assistance, guidance on conducting job searches and mock interviews.”

National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding Opportunities:

The NSF has a number of fellowship opportunities for postdoctoral researchers. Many of the submission deadlines for these fellowships are in October, however one notable exception is the Earth Science Fellowship, with a submission deadline in July. A full listing of the various fellowship opportunities can be found here: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/servlet/fastlane.pdoc.DisplayProgramType

Department of Defense (DOD):

The DOD has a number of funding areas, some of which may be open to postdoctoral submissions. Please look through the various funding opportunities if you are interested. They can be found here: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/reftable.shtml

Other Government Agency Funding Opportunities:

A number of government agencies fund postdoctoral research projects including the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Learn more about a wide-range of funding opportunities that may be open to postdoctoral submissions here: http://www.science.gov/internships/graduate.html


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

American Cancer Society

American Society for Engineering Education

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

F Kiosk: NIH Individual Fellowship Opportunities

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship

K Kiosk: NIH Career Development Awards

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Career Development Program

The Life Sciences Research Foundation

L'Oreal USA for Women in Science Program

National Center for Environmental Research Fellowships

NIH Career Development Awards

NSF: Find Funding Too

NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships

Research Grants at the American Cancer Society

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

AAUW International Fellowship

American Italian Cancer Foundation

Austrian Programme for Advanced Research and Technology (APART)

AXA Research Fund(Note: US institutions not eligible to submit applications in 2014)

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship(Canada)\

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

DFG, German Research Foundation

European Commission

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)

European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID)

Gruss Lipper Foundation Fellowship for Israeli Scientists

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

International Agency for Research on Cancer

International Federation of University Women

Japanese Science and Technology Program

Jose Carreras Leukaemia Foundation

Martin Escudero Fellowship

National Research Foundation (South Africa)

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research - Rubicon Program

Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences

Ramon Areces Foundation

Sweden-America Foundation

Swedish Research Council

Swedish Society for Medical Research

General Fellowship Opportunities for Students and Postdocs (Unrestricted)

American Association for Cancer Research

American Institute for Cancer Research

American Diabetes Association

American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)

American Gastroenterological Association

American Heart Association

American Liver Foundation

American Lung Association

American Mathematical Society

American Philosophical Society

American Physiological Society

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association

Arthritis Foundation

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD)

BrightFocus Foundation

Brookdale Foundation

Cancer Research Institute

Children's Cancer Research Fund

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Davis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Eating Disorders Research

Dermatology Foundation

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

Epilepsy Foundation

FRAXA Research Foundation

Infectious Diseases Society of America

International Rett Syndrome Foundation

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Lalor Foundation

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Leukemia Research Foundation

Life Sciences Research Foundation

Lymphoma Research Foundation

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

National Ataxia Foundation

National Kidney Foundation

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation

Parkinson's Disease Foundation

Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (NIH K99/R00)

Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation

Prevent Cancer Foundation

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Thrasher Research Fund

Tourette Syndrome Association

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation

Worldwide Cancer Research

Diversity Fellowship Opportunities

American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Fellowship

ASEE-NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Underrepresented Minority Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation:

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Young Professional Fellowship

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship

Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Award

L’Oreal USA Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women in Science

National Cancer Institute Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22)

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation:

New America Media Fellowship Program on Health & Environmental Health for Ethnic Media Journalism: 2010 2011 2012

Point Foundation Scholarship (no age or advanced degree restriction)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: New Connections Grants

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship

William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Minority Mentoring Supplement