Institutional Public Databases for Fellowships/Funding Options


~ Michigan State University's Public Database

There are a variety of internal and external postdoc fellowships, and professional opportunities offered by Michigan State University and outside of the institution as well.


~ Fellowships for Graduate Students - Florida State University

Please note: "These fellowships are open to graduate students and alumni. Some fellowships restrict application to students under a maximum age or who have completed their bachelor's degree within a certain number of years. These are described here as "recent graduates." Current graduate students should contact the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards ( ) for assistance in locating and applying for graduate fellowships and awards." (from Florida State University's website)

~ Fellowships and grants for graduate students - University of Maryland

~ External fellowships and resources for graduate students - University of Illinois

~ Fellowships for graduate students - Cornell University

~ Fellowships opportunities for graduate students - Columbia University

~ Yale University's Public Database

~ Cornell University's Public Database  

~ Stanford University's Public Database   

~ University's at Buffalo's SPIN Database



Diversity Fellowships and Funding Options for Postdocs


~ The UNCFR/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships

This award is intended to provide support to African American post-graduate students to obtain postdoctoral training and to prepare for a career in biomedical research.


~ L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science

 This fellowship annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each that they must put towards their postdoctoral research.


~ Underrepresented Minority Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

Funds $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.


~ Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences

 The Marion Milligan Mason Fund will provide three grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. Awards are for women who are starting their academic research careers.



General Nationwide Fellowships and Funding Options for Postdocs


~ Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral (LSRF) Fellowships

Three-year fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to graduates of medical and graduate schools in the biological sciences holding M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M. or D.D.S. degrees. Awards will be based solely on the quality of the individual applicant's previous accomplishments, and on the merit of the proposal for postdoctoral research. Persons doing a second postdoc are eligible only if they are transferring to a different supervisor's laboratory and embarking on a new project not connected to their previous research. All U.S. citizens are eligible to apply with no geographic restriction on the laboratory of their choice. Foreign applicants will be eligible for study in U.S. laboratories. Individuals who have held a PhD or MD degree for more than 5 years at the time of application and/or holding a faculty appointment are NOT eligible for an LSRF fellowship.


~ Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

MSRI will appoint 6-10 Postdoctoral Fellowships to each of the programs. Fellowship applications are reviewed by program organizers and the Human Resources Advisory Committee, who recommend finalists to the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for approval at its January meeting. Awards will be announced by early February.


~ Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

The postdoctoral fellowships provide one year of support for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.


~ NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowships

NOAA is Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellows concentrates on climate variability and change on seasonal and longer time scales. The documentation and analysis of past, current, or possible future climate variability and change and the study of underlying physical, chemical, and biological processes are vital components of the overall focus each fellow. The program pairs recently graduated PhDs with host scientists at U.S. institutions to work in an area of mutual interest. The program aims to create the next generation of climate researchers. It endeavors to attract recent PhDs with research interests in areas relevant to the NOAA climate science and services program ( or U.S. citizenship is not required to participate in this program, but the selected postdoctoral fellows must be hosted at a U.S. research institution. Appointed scientists are employees of UCAR. The two-year fellowships include a fixed annual salary and benefits: health & dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, mandatory participation in TIAA/CREF retirement fund, and life insurance. A relocation allowance is provided as well as an allowance for travel to scientific conferences and other support costs.



Informative Resources


~ Tips on Postdoc Placements


~ Postdoc Positions: What, Why, and How?


~ Negotiating a Postdoc Position


~ Questions to Ask when Choosing a Postdoc Advisor