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Funding Resources

Fellowship Opportunities

GrantSource Library

Hours: Monday-Friday (8:00 am to 5:00 pm) (Map to GrantSource)

The GrantSource Library assists UNC faculty, staff, Postdoctoral Scholars and graduate students seeking information on funding sources for independent research, collaborative projects, fellowships, travel, and other scholarly activities. The supportive librarians are available to help postdocs search for funding opportunities specific to their own fields, interests and eligibility, for both current need and future career plans.
The GrantSource Library website is organized by category of resources, such as funding databases, funding alerts, specialized funding guides, and other tools. For those new to the process of searching for funding, the Funding Guides provide guidance on how to search for funding by discipline and applicant type. Please visit the Research Support page for more details or subscribe to Research Support listserve to learn about funding opportunities.

*NEW* The Successful Proposal Collection is a valuable tool to assist funding applicants in planning and writing their own funding proposals. You will need to log in with your ONYEN and password.

Research @ Carolina

This searchable database provides access to funding opportunities that support research and scholarly activities conducted by Carolina faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and students. The kinds of funding opportunities are listed below:

  • Internal sources of funds available from the University or University units.
  • Nominated or limited-submission awards and other prizes that are funded by external sponsors but are administered by University units and have an internal application process.


InfoEd Sponsored Programs Information Network (InfoEd SPIN) is a database of funding opportunities from government and private sources. It is particularly useful for postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty. There is some overlap with the COS database (below), but there are opportunities in InfoEd SPIN that you might not find in COS. There are also search fields not available in COS. Use the Advanced Search option to obtain the best results from this database.

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars can create accounts in the InfoEd GENIUS database which will allow them to receive SMARTS funding alerts.

Help documents about the basics of searching InfoEd SPIN, setting up SMARTS Funding Alerts, and more are available through the GrantSource Library.

COS Funding Opportunities

The GrantSource Library has done us a wonderful favor and created a search for grants specific to postdocs in the COS database. To access it you will need to ask for instructions from our staff via email. DO NOT share any of the information with anyone; doing so would be detrimental to all UNC postdocs by eliminating the advantages we are trying to provide.

The COS database and information can be found here.

The Carolina Postdoc Program for Faculty Diversity

As part of a continuing commitment to advance scholars from underrepresented groups in higher education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity is pleased to announce the availability of postdoctoral research appointments for a period of two years. The purpose of the Program is to develop scholars from underrepresented groups for possible tenure track appointments at the University of North Carolina and other research universities. Postdoctoral scholars will be engaged full-time in research and may teach only one course per fiscal year.  For guidelines, stipend information, and eligibility and application materials visit their website.

SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

SPIRE offers a holistic experience to postdocs to prepare the science scholars of tomorrow and provide role models for future scientists. Funded by a grant from the Minority Opportunities in Research division of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and working with a partnership of five minority serving institutions in North Carolina, the SPIRE program provides fellows with a balanced, mentored research and teaching experience. In addition to diverse programs in research, teaching and professional development, SPIRE also offers other opportunities, including:

  • Mentoring undergraduate students on research projects
  • Helping to influence policies for postdoctoral development and the postgraduate experience
  • Publishing best practices in education research

NPA Diversity Resources

The National Postdoctoral Association has compiled a list of diversity fellowships for underrepresented postdoc groups.  Please visit their website to view their complete list.

Minority Postdoc

“This is the premier web portal on the minority postdoctoral experience. We feature resources & events about career advice, professional development, jobs, funding, fellowships, mentoring, and diversity issues. In particular, we publicize the activities of diversity-related postdoc groups. As a “virtual career center” we help Ph.D. graduate students transition to the postdoctoral stage and both grads/postdocs transition to their first professional position in academia, industry, and other careers. We are also a community of minority talent for recruiting and peer-to-peer mentoring.”
Please visit Minority Postdoc’s Funding Resources page for more information.

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Fellowship Opportunities

NASA60 postdoctoral fellowships are available per year for research in Aeronautics, Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Earth Science, Exploration Systems, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Space Operations.  There are three application deadlines per year.  To apply or to get more information click here.

The Humboldt Research FellowshipThis fellowship enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars of all nationalities and all disciplines to carry out research projects for extended periods of time in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany.  Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, the quality and feasibility of the proposed research and the applicant’s publications.  Postdoctoral scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the application submission date are eligible.  This fellowship allows for a stay of 6-24 months in Germany and provides financial assistance.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Selection committee meetings take place three times a year, in March, July and November. Applications should be submitted at least four to seven months ahead of the prospective selection meeting. For more information, please visit the website.

Pasteur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships–The Pasteur Foundation administers a fellowship program to bring U.S. postdoctoral researchers to work in any one of the 130+ Institut Pasteur laboratories in Paris. Guided by the institute’s administration, which seeks to develop international scientific exchanges to ensure the vitality of Institut Pasteur labs, this program is open to American citizens who are not already in France and who have received their PhD degree within the last five years. The three-year fellowship package is $70,000 annually: $55,000 fellowship plus $15,000 bench fees to support the research. For more information, please visit the website:  The deadine for the 2012-2013 fellowship program has passed. The next anticipated deadline is TBD. Please check back for more information.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards for Medical Scientists–The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) is sponsoring the 2012 Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS), which provide bridging support of $700,000 over five years for advanced postdoctoral training and the early faculty years to outstanding scientists at the postdoctoral level who hold a clinical degree. The BWF CAMS program is focused on increasing the number of physician-scientists and keeping them in research. 

Eligible candidates should have an M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., or equivalent clinical degree. Also, candidates must be a clinical fellow, resident, instructor (non tenure-track) or postdoctoral researcher and have at least two years of research experience at the time of application. Candidates must be committed to a full-time career in research and be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible.  There is an eligibility quiz available here.

For additional information, visit the CAMS webpage at Information regarding application materials and UNC’s nomination process can be found here. Nominations are due August 31, 2012. Please see the attached document for details.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Underrepresented Minority Postdoctoral Enrichment–The Underrepresented Minority (URM) Postdoctoral Enrichment Program provides $50,000 over three years to support career development activities for URM postdoctoral fellows whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research. Up to 10 awards will be granted for enrichment activities annually. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.

Eligibility criteria can be found on their website. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2013 by 4:00pm EST.

Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology–Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to $1,200 to students and post-docs. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance.  For a list of conferences, please click here.  Expenses covered by the scholarship include registration, air (on a U.S. air carrier), ground transportation and lodging costs. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.  Please click here for scholarship details.

NOTE: Underrepresented Minority Scholarships are also available.  Please select the link for more details.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers’ Multi-Country Research FellowshipThis program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. master’s students, doctoral candidates, and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately nine awards of up to $12,000 each will be given in the doctoral candidate/post-doctoral scholar competition. Information on the 2012-2013 cycle is now available. The application deadline is set for Tuesday, January 15 at 11:59pm EST. Please visit the website for further details and application materials.

Ford Diversity Fellowship Program–This program seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to citizens or nationals of the United States.

This year the program will award approximately 24 postdoctoral fellowships. These fellowships provide one year of support for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree. Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.The 2013 Ford Foundation Fellowship application deadline is November 19, 2012. For more information and to apply, visit their website.

US Census Bureau Postdoctoral Research Program–This program provides postdoctoral candidates of unusual promise and ability with opportunities to research problems, largely of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the Census Bureau.  Postdoctoral Researchers are analogous to fellows or similar temporary researchers at the postdoctoral level in universities and other organizations.  These positions are awarded only to persons who have held the doctorate less than six years or are in the process of receiving a doctorate degree at the time of application. (If a doctorate has been held for more than six years, refer to the ASA/NSF/Census Bureau Fellowship Program for another research opportunity.)

General areas of interest for research at the Census Bureau include statistical theory and methodology, statistical computing, economics, demography and social and behavioral science. Awardees are offered two-year appointments.  Salaries range from $73,000 – 95,000.   Application materials should be submitted by January 31 and final decisions should be made by late March of the following year.

For more information about eligibility and application requirements, view the flyer or the Postdoctoral Research Program webpage.

FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship Program–This program offers a two-year Fellowship Program, which provides an opportunity for health professionals and scientists to receive training and experience at the FDA. Fellows will train at FDA’s White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland or at other FDA facilities. Salaries are extremely competitive, and travel funds are available to attend scientific meetings.

Applications for the 2013 CFP class will be accepted between April 16, 2013 – May 25, 2013. More information is available on their website.

NSF SEES Fellows program–The focus of this program is to facilitate investigations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and societal needs. The program also has an explicit goal “to enable those entering the postgraduate workforce to contribute to our understanding of global sustainability. The SEES Fellows program requires that:

  • The Fellow’s proposed investigation should be interdisciplinary and allow him/her to obtain research experience beyond his/her current core disciplinary expertise;
  • The Fellow develops a research partnership that would broaden the impact and/or scope of the proposed research activities;
  • The Fellow devotes some time to a professional development activity; and
  • The proposal includes letters from “postdoctoral mentors,” including the “Host Mentor” and “Partner Mentor.” The letters must include a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for the applicant, such as career counseling, training in preparing grant applications, guidance on ways to improve teaching skills, and training in research ethics.

SEES Fellows proposals will be evaluated through use of the two National Science Board-approved merit review criteria of intellectual merit and broader impacts. In addition, In line with the requirements above, additional review criteria will be used that relate to SEES, the research host and research partner, and the Fellow’s professional development (see the solicitation section on NSF Merit Review Criteria).” Postdocs who have received their PhD within the past four years are eligible. For further information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in ScienceThis national program annually recognizes five U.S.-based women postdoctoral researchers who are pursuing careers in the life and physical/material sciences, as well as mathematics, engineering and computer science. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each that they must apply towards their postdoctoral research.

Now entering its ninth cycle, this national program annually recognizes and provides support to five women postdoctoral researchers in the U.S. who are pursuing careers in the life and physical/material sciences, as well as mathematics, engineering and computer science.

The U.S. component of the L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women In Science International Fellowship program, the U.S. Fellowships aim to:

  • Raise awareness of the contribution of women to the sciences;
  • Identify exceptional female researchers in the U.S. to serve as role models for younger generations.

The application will be open on November 5, 2012. The final deadline for submitting applications will be December 20, 2012.

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