Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities
American Lung Association Senior Research Training Fellowship
The intent of the Research Training Fellowship Award is to provide support for first-time post-doctoral research fellows as they transition toward tenure track faculty positions. Senior Research Training Fellowships are for $32,500 per award year. All awards are subject to availability of funds at the ALA on the start date. Funds are to be used only for salary and fringe benefits. Grants are subjected to annual review and may be granted for two years. The second year of support is based on demonstrating satisfactory progress, as well as, the availability of funding from the American Lung Association. Senior Research Training Fellows are expected to devote their fulltime, and in no case less than 75% of their time, to research training.
American Heart Midwest Affiliate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Description
The objective of this program is to help trainees initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research while obtaining significant research results under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor; the program supports individuals before they are ready for some stage of independent research. The science focus of the program is on research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts. Proposals are encouraged from all basic disciplines as well as epidemiological, behavioral, community, and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Post-Doctoral Funding Opportunities
Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards (K01)
AHRQ sponsors the Mentored Research Scientist Development Award in health services research. Support is provided for the development of outstanding research scientists who are committed to a career in health services research, with a focus on development as an independent scientist. The candidate must have a research doctoral degree, must identify a mentor with extensive research experience, and must be willing to spend a minimum of 75 percent of full-time professional effort conducting research and developing a research career during the first part of the award. The applicant may opt to reduce planned time on the grant during the last two years, as long as a minimum of 50 percent time is devoted to the grant. The grant may provide 3 to 5 years of funding.
Independent Scientist Awards (K02)
AHRQ sponsors Independent Scientist Awards in health services research, which are "Research Career Awards" intended to foster the development of promising new investigators in the field. Individual awards support newly independent scientists who can demonstrate a need for a period of intensive research focus. Awards are provided for a period between 3 and 5 years.
Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Awards (K08)
AHRQ sponsors the Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award in health services research. Support is provided for the development of outstanding clinician research scientists who are committed to a career in health services research, with a focus on development as an independent scientist. The candidate must have a clinical doctoral degree, must identify a mentor with extensive research experience, and must be willing to spend a minimum of 75 percent of full-time professional effort conducting research and developing a research career during the award period. The applicant may opt to reduce planned time on the grant during the last two years, as long as a minimum of 50 percent time is devoted to the grant. The grant may provide 3 to 5 years of funding.
Individual NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards (F32)
The purpose of the postdoctoral fellowship (F32) award is to provide support to promising postdoctoral applicants who have the potential to become productive and successful independent research investigators. NRSA fellowships are awarded directly to individuals and monitored by AHRQ. These postdoctoral fellowships provide for 1 or more years of academic training and supervised experience in applying quantitative research methods to the systematic analysis and evaluation of health services. Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., Sc.D., Dr.P.H., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. This is an ongoing AHRQ program announcement, and applications are accepted throughout the year. Recipients of AHRQ-supported NRSA fellowships receive stipends to help defray living expenses. Sponsoring non-Federal, nonprofit institutions receive an allowance to cover some of the awardee's expenses. Prior to making formal application for this program, you must be accepted by an appropriate institution and have a sponsor who will supervise your training and research experience.
Institutional Training Awards (T32)
AHRQ awards National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional training grants to academic institutions to develop health services research training opportunities across the Nation. The purpose of the NRSA program is to help ensure that adequate numbers of highly trained individuals are available to carry out the Nation's health services research agenda in order to improve quality of health care, assure value for health dollars spent, and enhance access to services. There is no open solicitation for institutional training awards. Academic programs that have received NRSA Institutional Training awards are listed individually in AHRQ Institutional Training Programs. Persons interested in pursuing careers in health services research are encouraged to review the list to obtain more detailed information on program contacts and Web links to specific training programs. Individuals should apply directly to the institutions and programs of specific interest to them.
AHRQ Institutional Training Programs
Opportunities for Minority Students
AHRQ supports a variety of training opportunities at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels and is seeking qualified applicants, particularly minority applicants, who are interested in pursuing a research career in health services research. For details and guidance, go to Preparing for a Career in Health Services Research
Claire M. Fagan Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Academic Geriatric Nursing
This Fellowship supports two years of full time advanced research and leadership training for doctorally prepared nurses committed to careers in academic geriatric nursing. Through generous funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program awards a total of $120,000 to each selected Claire M. Fagin Fellow.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Post-Doctoral Funding
ASM/CDC Program in Infectious Disease and Public Health Microbiology
The program is sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of ASM/CDC Fellowship is to support the development of new approaches, methodologies and knowledge in infectious disease prevention and control in areas within the public health mission of the CDC. The fellowship allows one to perform research in residence headquartered at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) location. Eligible fields of study include: Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, Viral and Rickettsial Infections, Nosocomial Infections, HIV/AIDS, Vector-borne Infectious Diseases, and Parasitic Diseases.
Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
The Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Laboratory Fellowship Program, sponsored by APHL and CDC, trains and prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports public health initiatives related to infectious disease research. The EID Laboratory Research Fellowship is a two-year program designed for doctoral level (PhD, MD or DVM) scientists to conduct high-priority research in infectious diseases. Areas of training and/or research include: development and evaluation of diagnostic techniques, antimicrobial sensitivity and resistance, principles and practices of vector or animal control, emerging pathogens and laboratory-epidemiology interaction.
The National Center for Health Statistics Postdoctoral Research Program
The objective of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Postdoctoral Research Program is to provide opportunities for postdoctoral candidates of unusual promise and ability to conduct research in problems of their choosing that are compatible with the interests of NCHS. General areas of interest for research at NCHS include statistical theory, survey methodology, statistical computing, economics, demography, and social and behavioral science. Awardees must hold the PhD or other earned research degree recognized in the United States as equivalent to the PhD or must present acceptable evidence of having completed all the formal academic requirements for the degree before appointment. Applicants must have demonstrated ability for creative research.
National Institutes of Health Post-Doctoral Funding
NIH Career Development Awards
NINR Mentored Research Scientist Development Award for Underrepresented or Disadvantaged Investigators (K01)
The overall goal of NIH-supported career development programs is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists are available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. The purpose of the NINR Mentored Research Scientist Development Award for Underrepresented or Disadvantaged Investigators (K01) is to provide support and protected time (three, four, or five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence.
Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) (K12)
The program promotes consortia between research-intensive institutions (RII) and partner institutions that have a historical mission and a demonstrated commitment to the training, encouragement and assistance to students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation. The IRACDA program provides support for a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience at an RII combined with an opportunity to develop the academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and through mentored teaching assignments of postdoctoral fellows at a partner institution. The primary goals of the IRACDA program are to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue research and teaching careers in academia; and strengthen the overall teaching and research opportunities at partner institutions, with the expectation that it would further foster the development of the next generation of a diverse pool of scientists who are available to address the NIH’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.
NINR Career Transition Award (K22)
The purpose of the NINR Career Transition Award (K22) program is to provide up to 5 years of support consisting of two phases. The initial phase will provide up to 2 years of mentored intramural experience for highly promising, postdoctoral research scientists in an NIH intramural program. This phase will be followed by up to 3 years of extramural support contingent on securing an independent tenure-track or equivalent research position. The NINR Career Transition award is limited to postdoctoral trainees who propose research relevant to the mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) [http://www.ninr.nih.gov/].
Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23)
The purpose of the NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) is to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. Specifically, support research on symptom management, pulmonary, critical care, trauma, etc.
Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (Parent K24)
The purpose of the NIH Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24) is to provide support to mid-career health-professional doctorates or equivalent who are typically at the Associate Professor level or the equivalent (see Section III. Eligible Individuals) for protected time to devote to patient-oriented research (POR) and to act as research mentors primarily for clinical residents, clinical fellows and/or junior clinical faculty.
NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)
The K99/R00 award will provide up to 5 years of support consisting of two phases. The initial mentored phase will provide support for up to 2 years for the most promising and exceptionally talented new investigators who have no more than 5 years of postdoctoral research training experience at the time of initial application or subsequent resubmission(s) and do not already have a full-time tenure track assistant professor position (or equivalent). This initial phase of mentored support will allow the candidate time to obtain additional training, complete research, publish results, and bridge to an independent research position. The candidate must propose a research project that will be pursued during the K99 phase and transition into an independent project during the R00 phase of the award. The candidate and mentor(s) together will be responsible for all aspects of the mentored (K99 phase) career development and research program. An individual may submit an application from an extramural or intramural sponsoring institution/organization that has a rich and extensive research program in the area of interest as well as the faculty, facilities and resources to support the proposed research endeavor. The individual must select an appropriate mentor with a track record of funded research related to the selected research topic and experience as a supervisor and mentor. The sponsoring institution must ensure that the candidate has the protected time needed to conduct the proposed research.
Following the mentored phase, the individual may request up to 3 years of support to conduct research as an independent scientist at an extramural sponsoring institution/organization to which the individual has been recruited, been offered and has accepted a tenure-track full-time assistant professor position (or equivalent). This support is to allow the individual to continue to work toward establishing his/her own independent research program and prepare an application for regular research grant support (R01). Support for the independent phase, however, is not automatic and is contingent upon being accepted by an appropriate extramural institution and the successful NIH programmatic review of the individual’s mentored phase of the award.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications (F32)
The overall goal of the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. More information about NRSA programs may be found at the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) website. The purpose of the postdoctoral fellowship (F32) award is to provide support to promising postdoctoral applicants who have the potential to become productive and successful independent research investigators. The proposed postdoctoral training must offer an opportunity to enhance the applicant's understanding of the health-related sciences, and must be within the broad scope of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research or other specific disciplines relevant to the research mission of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Applicants with a health professional doctoral degree may use the proposed postdoctoral training to satisfy a portion of the degree requirements for a master's degree, a research doctoral degree or any other advanced research degree program.
The NRSA legislation requires that the Nation’s overall needs for biomedical research personnel be taken into account by giving special consideration to physicians and other health professionals who propose to become active biomedical researchers and who agree to undertake a minimum of 2 years of biomedical, behavioral or clinical research. Individuals from diverse racial and ethnic groups and individuals with disabilities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants
Research training programs are designed to allow the Training Program Director/Principal Investigator to select the trainees and develop a curriculum of study and research experiences necessary to provide high quality research training. The grant offsets the cost of stipends, tuition and fees, and training related expenses including health insurance for the appointed trainees in accordance with the approved NIH support levels. The objectives of the T32 program are to develop and/or enhance research training opportunities for individuals interested in careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical research. The program may also be used to support other types of predoctoral and/or postdoctoral training in scientific areas relevant to the mission of the NIH funding Institute or Center. The training program should be of sufficient depth to enable selected trainees, upon completion of the program, to have a thorough exposure to the principles underlying the conduct of research. Another consideration relates to the duration of training and the transition of trainees to individual support mechanisms. The Training PD/PI should limit appointments to individuals who are committed to a career in research and who plan to remain on the training grant or in a non-NRSA research experience for a cumulative minimum of 2 years. The Training PD/PI should also encourage and provide training in the skills necessary for trainees to apply for subsequent support through an individual fellowship, mentored career development award (K) program, or independent research project grant.
National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biomedical Informatics
Applications are now being accepted for three postdoctoral research fellowship positions at the University of Missouri. These positions are funded through a grant from the National Library of Medicine. The goal of the MU biomedical informatics training program is to provide strong training in theory and methodology that will prepare fellows to assume leadership roles in interdisciplinary research teams working on a broad range of important problems in healthcare, bioinformatics, and computational biology. In particular, preferred applicants will have training, experience, or interest in the areas of database development, security systems, research and healthcare communications, health outcomes research, or image and information retrieval, storage, and analysis. Each fellow will be teamed with one or more mentors and pursue research that will further facilitate clinical and translational science.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program offers talented junior faculty in academic nursing three years of career development support. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, and salary and research support to young faculty. Scholars must be nominated by their nursing schools, and the grants are made to the sponsoring institutions to support the scholar’s salary, release time and original research project. Scholars, in collaboration with their mentors, will design individual professional development plans that will help them master new competencies and increase their effectiveness as academic nursing leaders. During the three years of the program, scholars are expected to take their expertise in research, leadership and teaching to a new level of proficiency that will contribute to strengthening the reputation of the institutions they serve. At the completion of the program, scholars will be prepared to use their research and leadership training to advance their academic careers, contribute to the knowledge and science of academic nursing and enhance the prestige of the faculty role.
Veterans Affairs Post-Doctoral Funding Opportunities
Veterans Affairs Post-doctoral Nurse Fellowship ProgramThe Post-doctoral Nurse Fellowship Program is designed to provide nurses with a research focused doctorate the opportunity to broaden their scientific or research background, or to extend their potential for clinical research in nursing. The major goal of the Post-doctoral Nurse Fellowship Program is to develop a cadre of clinical nurse researchers who will be able to conduct clinical nursing research; secure funds for clinical studies through grants; foster communication of clinical research findings through presentations and publications; and promote integration of significant research findings into the clinical care of patients.
The goal of the RCDP is to continue to make VA a first-choice for talented post-docs interested in becoming national leaders in health services research within a supportive, Veteran-focused clinical and mentoring environment. The program is not a training program, however. To be competitive, candidates must demonstrate (through their didactic work, research collaborations, and HSR&D relevant manuscripts) that they have the appropriate level of training, commitment, and potential to position themselves to become independent HSR&D investigators. Most have already benefitted from a research fellowship and produced at least one first-authored publication in a quality journal.
VA National Quality Scholars Fellowship ProgramThe Veterans Health Administration created VAQS, the VA National Quality Scholars Fellowship Program in Collaboration with TDI, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. The program center is Dartmouth Medical School. Faculty at Dartmouth run the program and work in direct partnership with the VA Office of Academic Affiliations, which oversees all Special Fellowship Programs in VA. There are six sites in different geographic locations across the United States. Each site is located at a VA medical center and partnered with an academic medical center and university. Sites function independently. Each site is directed by a Senior Scholar, an accomplished academic physician with experience in mentoring and research in health care quality. Mentoring is a critical part of the program and Senior Scholars view each fellow as an individual with unique needs. The Senior Scholars' approach is designed to nurture each fellow to develop a career whether in research in quality improvement and health services or in quality improvement practice within the framework or a position in medical administration or clinical practice. Nurse applicants must be accepted into a DNP, PhD or postdoctoral training program and have a desire to learn how to do, lead, or study health care improvement. Applicants must hold an active, unrestricted license to practice and have US citizenship.