We recognize that a successful postdoctoral research period is very important in order to be competitive in the job market. Although some post-doctoral positions are available from faculty awarded research grants, we encourage you to apply for postdoctoral fellowships. Having your own postdoctoral fellowship provides you with a competitive edge and shows initiative.
There are a number of national and international postdoctoral fellowships opportunities available, and we are here to assist you in every possible way we can.
Before you apply, gather as much information as possible about the selection criteria and number of awards for the fellowships you have selected. This can be achieved in a number of ways:
There are a number of national fellowship opportunities available for individuals wishing to pursue a postdoctoral research period at St. John’s University. Key opportunities afforded through the National Institutes of Health include:
New and Early Stage Investigators
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Extramural Training Mechanisms
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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship
The purpose of the Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA program is to support promising applicants during their mentored postdoctoral training under the guidance of outstanding faculty sponsors. The overall goal of the 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. In order to accomplish this goal, NRSA training programs are designed to train individuals to conduct research and to prepare for research careers. More information about NRSA programs may be found at the website.
Pathways to Independence Award
This Pathways to Independence program provides up to five years of support consisting of two phases. The initial phase will provide up to two years of mentored support for postdoctoral research scientists. This phase will be followed up to three years of independent support contingent in securing and independent tenure-track or equivalent research position.
Resources for postdoctoral researchers seeking funding through the National Science Foundation (NSF) include:
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) Postdoctoral Fellowship
The goal of the Postdoctoral MHSAS Fellowship Program is to encourage and facilitate the specialized training of postdoctoral psychologists who maintain a professional focus on behavioral health services or policy for ethnic minorities. The program seeks to accomplish the following objectives: promote culturally competent behavioral health services and policy for ethnic minority populations and increase the number of ethnic minority psychologists providing behavioral health services and developing policy for ethnic minority populations.
Pharmacology/Toxicology - Post Doctoral FellowshipPharmaceutics - Post Doctoral Fellowship
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, Inc. (PhRMA Foundation) funds scientists at critical points in their research careers to support and reward innovation in disciplines essential to the development of safe and effective medicines. The PhRMA Foundation offers competitive pre and post doctoral fellowships, sabbatical fellowships, and research starter grants to advance science in pharmacology, toxicology, informatics, pharmaceutics, and health outcomes. The Foundation also offers a Comparative Effectiveness Research Center of Excellence Award.
NARSAD Young Investigator Grant
The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two-year awards up to $60,000 or $30,000 per year are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or child and adolescent mental illnesses.
There are a number of international fellowship opportunities available for individuals wishing to pursue a postdoctoral research period at St. John’s University. Our Office of Grants and Sponsored Research will not only assist you in identifying the correct sponsor, but will also provide documentation and resources necessary for your fellowship application.
Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)
HFSP is a program provides funding for research in the life sciences. It is implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) with its office in Strasbourg, France.
The members of the HFSPO are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union.
European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
EMBO is an organization of more than 1700 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. EMBO supports talented researchers, selected through impartial evaluation processes, to allow them to do great science. The wide scientiﬁc scope across the full range of life science research coupled with the broad geographical reach of more than 1700 members and associate members – some of the best researchers in Europe and around the world – positions EMBO optimally to serve Europe’s life science community.
National Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
NATO’s essential purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means. NATO does also support postdoctoral fellowships where the member countries make direct and indirect contributions to the costs of running NATO and implementing its policies and activities.
Fellowships are normally administered through national research councils/agencies and we encourage you to contact the research agency/council of your country for specific details.