Finding postdoc funding can be a time consuming process. In order to find relevant opportunities, you will have to devote some time and effort to the search. In addition, each and every granting agency has different requirements and eligibility, so please read carefully. Some opportunities have citizenship requirements and/or time since PhD/MD degree. Check with your department administrator early on to ensure that your application is appropriate and meets any internal WashU requirements.
Specific funding announcements are also announced in the Postdoc Update newsletter.
Internal Funding Resources
- WU Internal Selections for opportunities that only allow a limited number of submissions per institution
- Research News which contains research-related information for the university and occasional funding opportunities
- Postdoc Grants list
- SPIN is a large funding database where you can create customized notifications
- Washington University NIH Training Grants
- Private Funding Sources for Biomedical Research is managed by the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
- WUSTL Grants Library provides examples of successful fellowship and grant applications from a variety of funding sources.
- Academic Publishing provides support for scientific writing and editing
- Preparation opportunities: ICTS Research Forum Program and Mock Study Section for NIH proposals; annual fall grant-writing workshops
The W. M. Keck Postdoctoral Program in Molecular Medicine at Washington University is administered by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS). The Keck Fellowship provides stipend support for one year to postdocs who are U.S. citizens with less than 2 years of postdoctoral experience and whose faculty mentor is a member of DBBS. The Call for Nominations is open and sent to DBBS Faculty every March with an April 17th at Noon deadline. Selections are made in May, and support is available on July 1st.
Keck 2020 Awardees
Brian V. Lananna | Developmental Biology | Imai Lab
Dana Shaw | Developmental Biology |Mokalled Lab
Vanessa Munoz | Molecular Microbiology | Hultgren Lab
Hope Center Fellowship Award
The Hope Center for Neurological Disorders at Washington University administers the Hope Center Fellowship Award program. The Hope Center studies diseases of the brain and spinal cord such as ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, brain and spinal injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. Please visit their website for eligibility requirements and application instructions.
The Annual James L. O’Leary Prizes for Research in Neuroscience
Two prizes of $1000 each will be awarded for the most original and important accomplishments in neuroscience research by a current predoctoral student or postdoctoral appointee. Summaries are usually due early to mid February, the O’Leary Prize program is usually in late March and the Symposium is usually in late April. For more information, please visit the Office of Neuroscience Research and the Program in Neuroscience websites.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs does not have any funds for travel awards.
Other Funding Resources and Information
- AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship
- Directory of Grants and Fellowships in the Global Health Sciences
- Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities List maintained by Johns Hopkins
- National Academies Fellowships Office
- References.net (formerly the Scholarly Societies Project)