Compiled by MIT Biological Engineering Communication Fellow Annelien Zweemer and Broad Communication Fellow Martin Stewart. Last updated February 2017.

This index of life sciences postdoc fellowships is extensive but not necessarily exhaustive. We prepared it with the aim of better supporting postdocs, given the usual difficulty of finding centralized postdoc resources.

CommKit guides to successful fellowship applications for postdocs are forthcoming.
Currently, the guide to Cover letters for a faculty position discusses many relevant strategies.

Click here to view or download the full index as a spreadsheet. (includes deadlines, eligibility restrictions, award size, and duration)

Below is an overview.




AACR – Anna D. Barker Basic Cancer Research Fellowships Cancer
AACR – Basic Cancer research Cancer
AACR – Bayer HealthCare Fellowships Cancer
AACR – Debbie’s Dream Foundation, Gastric Cancer Research Fellowship Cancer: gastric
AACR – Genentech BioOncology Fellowship for Cancer Research on the HER Family Pathway Cancer: HER pathway
AACR – John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation Basic Cancer Research Fellowship Cancer
AACR – Judah Folkman Fellowship for Angiogenesis Research Cancer: angiogenesis
AACR – Never Too Young Coalition, Fellowships in Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Research Cancer: colorectal
AACR – Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Pathway to Leadership Grants Cancer: pancreatic
AACR – Takeda Oncology Fellowships Cancer
Alex’s Lemonade Stand-Grants for Young Investigators Cancer: pediatric
Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship (AARF) Program Alzheimer
Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity (AARF-D) Program Alzheimer
American Association of University Women awards (AAUW) Various
American Australian Association Various
American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) Basic Research Fellowship Program Cancer: brain
American Cancer Society Cancer
American Diabetes Association Mentor-Based Postdoctoral Fellowship Diabetes
American Epilepsy Society Postdoctoral Research fellowship Epilepsy
American Italian Cancer Research Fellowship Cancer
American Society for Mass Spectrometry – Postdoctoral Career Development Awards Mass Spectrometry
American Society for Mass Spectrometry – Research award Mass Spectrometry
Bear Necessities/Pediatric Cancer Foundation Cancer: pediatric
Branco Weiss Science in Society Various
Burroughs Wellcome – Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) award Biological Sciences
Burroughs Wellcome – Postdoctoral Enrichment Program Biomedical research
Cancer Research Institute – Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Cancer: Immunology
Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program Basic science
Damon Runyon Fellowship Award Cancer
Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Fellowship Award Cancer: pediatric
Dod Breast Cancer Research Program – Breakthrough fellowship award Cancer: breast Search DoD for: W81XWH-16-BCRP- BREAKTHROUGH_FELLOWSHIP
DoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program – Horizon award Cancer Search DoD for: W81XWH-16-PRCRP-HA
EMBO fellowships – longterm Life Sciences
EMBO fellowships – shortterm Life Sciences
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Various
Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards STEM
Hanna H. Gray fellow program Life Sciences
Helen Hay Whitney Biomedical research
Hope Funds for Cancer Research Cancer
Human Frontier Science Program Biology
Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Research Fund Cancer
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Fellow Cancer: blood cancer
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Special Fellow Cancer: blood cancer
Life Sciences Research Foundation Life Sciences
Lymphoma Research Foundation Cancer: lymphoma
L’Oreal USA for Women in Science STEM’oréal-corporate-foundation/science/l’oréal-usa-for-women-in-science-program
Melanoma Research Foundation-Careeer Development Award Cancer: melanoma
National Pancreas Foundation Pancreatic disease
NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00) Life Sciences
Prevent Cancer Foundation Cancer: prevention
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32) Life Sciences
Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life Postdoctoral Fellowships Life Sciences
St. Baldrick’s Foundation – Fellow Cancer: pediatric
St. Baldrick’s Foundation – International Scholar Cancer: pediatric
Susan G. Koomen – Basic/Translational research Cancer: breast