List of postdoctoral fellowships 2020/2021

available to non-US citizens!

We compiled for you a list of postdoctoral fellowships that are available to non-US citizens to pursue a postdoc in the United States.

Some fellowships have specific requirements, for example regarding the date you obtained your PhD degree. Please read carefully all instructions before applying.

Please note that this list is non-exhaustive and if you have suggestions of postdoctoral fellowships to add to this list, please feel free to let us know !

SponsorResearch AreaAward Amount Deadline for submissionDecision dateStart dateLink to apply
American Association of University Women (AAUW): International FellowshipsGeneral support for women in higher education$30,000November 15, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. Central TimeApril 15, 2020July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021
American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA): Basic Research FellowshipBrain Tumor ResearchUp to $100,000 / yearPre-screening: LOI due in November of every calendar year.

Application due date: mid-to-late March of every calendar year

Not specifiedDuration: 2 years
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship AwardCancerYear 1: $52,000
Year 2: $54,000
Year 3: $57,000
Year 4: $60,000
+ expense allowance: $2,000
August 17, 2020November 6, 2020 Starting 1st day of January, February, March or April 2021
EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships
(Note: PhD must have been completed in an EMBC-related country)
Life Sciences2020: $60,000
+ $9,000 / dependent
+ Travel Allowance
No deadline !
Applications are accepted all year but there are 2 cutoff dates for evaluation:
Round 1: Second Friday of February, 2 PM Central European Time
Round 2: Second Friday of August, 2 PM Central European Summer Time
Round 1: Beginning of June
Round 2: Beginning of December
Round 1: Between July 1st of that year and February 15th of the following year
Round 2: Between January 1st and August 15th of the following year

Fellowship duration between 12 and 24 months

Graduate Women in Science: National Fellowship ProgramIncrease knowledge in the natural sciences and encourage research careers in the sciences by womenUp to $10,000January 10, 2020 at 5:00:00 pm Eastern TimeAward for one academic year (July 1st to June 30th)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI): Hanna H. Gray Fellows ProgramLife SciencesInitial Year: $70,000 + a $20,000 expense allowanceJanuary 8, 2020Late June 2020Between September 15, 2020, and January 19, 2021
Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP): Postdoctoral FellowshipsLife SciencesYear 1: $46,800
Year 2: $48,720
Year 3: $50,700
+ $4,920 research & travel allowance
+ $4,680 / dependent
+ relocation allowance up to $3,000
August 22, 2019April 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021.

Duration: up to 3 years

James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF): Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems
(Note: for pre-doctoral students, you must not have got your PhD yet)
Development of theoretical and mathematical tools contributing to the science of complex, adaptive, nonlinear systems$200,000 USD to be expended in no less than 2 and no more than 3 yearsJune 12, 2020 15:59 CDTEnd of October 2020Between June 2021 and February 28, 2022.
Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research: Postdoctoral fellowshipsCancer ResearchYear 1: $52,000
Year 2: $54,000
Year 3: $56,000
+ $1000 for each dependent child
+ $1,800 for travel allowance
February 3, 2020Late April – Early MayFrom July 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021

Duration: 3 years

Life Sciences Research Foundation (LSRF): Postdoctoral FellowshipsLife Sciences$62,000 / year for 3 years ($186,000 total). Includes $52,000 / year salary + $10,000 / year of research allowance.October 1 (8:00 pm EST)February – MarchAugust 1
NIH Pathways to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)To launch your independent research career !

Transition from a mentored postdoctoral research position to a stable independent research position

K99 phase:
Salary: up to $100,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: up to $25,000 per year.

R00 phase:
Total cost up to $249,000 per year.

February 12, June 12, and October 12Duration up to 5 years (2 phases)
Schlumberger Foundation: Faculty of the Future
(For Women only)
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplinesUp to $40,000September 5th to November 7th 2019End of March every year.Duration: 1 year with possibility to renew
Schmidt Science FellowshipsScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines$100,000October 1, 2019 for PhD students primarily selected by their university (candidate nominations deadline is August 12, 2019) April 2020July 2020
Duration: 1 year
Simons Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowships3 programs:
– Origins of Life
– Marine Microbial Ecology
– Life Sciences, with focus on microbial ecology and evolution
Varies by programVaries by programVaries by programVaries by program
Susan G. Komen Postdoctoral FellowshipsBreast Cancer ResearchNot communicated for 2020Not communicated for 2020Not communicated for 2020Not communicated for 2020
The Helen Hay Whitney FoundationBiomedical SciencesYear 1: $54,000
Year 2: $57,000
Year 3: $60,000
+ $1,500 of research allowance / year
+ $1,500 dependent child allowance / year
June 15, 2020 5:00pm ESTMid-NovemberFrom April 1, through September 1, 2021.
Duration: 3 years
Charles A. King Trust
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program (only applies to Massachusetts)
Basic Sciences and Clinical/Health Services Research.Two-year grants ranging from $104,008 to $117,760,
+ $2,000 of expense allowance
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:00 P.M., U.S. Eastern TimeSeptember 1, 2020September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2022
Duration: 2 years
The Wenner-Gren Foundation: Post-Ph.D. Research GrantsBasic research in anthropologyUp to $20,000 for research expensesMay 1 and November 16 months after application deadlineDuration: no limit
The Parkinson’s Foundation:
Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists
Parkinson Disease research$120,000 over two years: $55,000 annual salary + $5,000 annual research allowance + up to $2,000 for travel costsLetter of Intent Due: November 12, 2019

Full Application Due: February 18, 2020

Award Notification: Late April 2020Fellowship begins: June 1 to May 31 of the following year

Duration: 2 years

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR): Postdoctoral fellowshipsCancerNot communicated for 2020Not communicated for 2020Not communicated for 2020Not communicated for 2020
The Zuckerman Israeli Postdoctoral Scholars Program
(Only for Israeli researchers)
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines$20,000 per academic year for up to two years, plus a $5,000 US travel allowanceApplications for Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University will be accepted through March 30, 2020.Duration: Up to 2 years

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52 replies
  1. Dr Sudhakara Reddy Penubolu
    Dr Sudhakara Reddy Penubolu says:

    Seeking Postdoc fellowship position “VLSI Architectures for DSP” in any reputed Universities .

  2. Debajyoti Kabiraj
    Debajyoti Kabiraj says:

    I’m looking for a Postdoc position related to Genomics, Transcriptomics, Evolutionary biology, Functional genomics, Functional transcriptomics, Cancer evolution, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology.

  3. Saad Badai
    Saad Badai says:

    Looking for Postdoctoral position in pharmacology or toxicology , in any field of medical study , I’m a medical doctor and I have PhD in pharmacology

  4. Mahesh Ravichandran
    Mahesh Ravichandran says:

    I am looking for a postdoc fellowship position in Energy storage materials for supercapacitor and battery applications.

  5. Nhamo Mutingwende
    Nhamo Mutingwende says:

    I am seeking a postdoctoral fellowship in Toxicology, Biological Sciences, Proteomics, AMR, LCMS
    Thank you

  6. Dr. Priyanka
    Dr. Priyanka says:

    I am looking for postdoctoral position in hiv and cancer agents. My Ph.d title is studies on the synthesis of some novel heteroannulated carbazole derivetive shows medicinal interest.

  7. Mohamed Abdallah
    Mohamed Abdallah says:

    I am seeking a postdoctoral fellowship in Rangeland Ecology and Management, Soil Science or any related major. I have recently completed my PhD in rangeland ecology and management at Oregon State University. My PhD research was conducted in consultation with Dr. Mata-Gonzalez and examined the consequences of juniper encroachment and removal on ecosystem processes (carbon, nitrogen, transpiration, and soil moisture). I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the same school. My position ends on December/2021. So, I am looking for another postdoc opportunity in a different atmosphere. Thank you


    I am talking with a professor at the University of North California. He told me to search for schlarship that we may apply for. Is there any postdoctoral scholarship/fellowship that can I apply? Thank you!!

  9. Joseph Aremo,PhD
    Joseph Aremo,PhD says:

    I need a postdoctoral fellowship in Law with interest in challenges of the compulsory land acquisition power of the state

  10. Dr. Srinivasa Rao Kosiganti
    Dr. Srinivasa Rao Kosiganti says:

    I have finished my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering in one of the Deemed Universities in India and was conferred with Ph.D. in the month of March 2020. I have got 22 years of Industry(Information Technology) Experience. I want to do Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the USA in one of the famous Universities where I can also get decent Salary(Fund) to support my family and also an H1 to be processed. At this point in time, my age is 52 years. What are the chances that I have? My contact number is +91 9866301518.

  11. zeynep
    zeynep says:

    I am looking for a postdoc fellowship/grants in the medical field, more specifically in Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to cover my personal expenses.

  12. Shabari Girinath Kala
    Shabari Girinath Kala says:

    Seeking post Doc position in Pharmaceutical sciences, Drug delivery, formulation development, Pharmaceutical manufacturing

  13. Madhusmita
    Madhusmita says:

    I m from India, I am searching for post doctoral fellowship in management or business administration for abroad. Can you suggest me???


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