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Scholarship Databases:

  1. Community of Science:

    • A database of scholarship and research funding opportunities; not free, but your university may have institutional access
    • Bear in mind that many universities are registered non-profit organizations and therefore funding for non-profits might be available
  2. Society of Toxicology:
    • Numerous awards for scientists, post docs and students related to the field of toxicology


  1. Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellowship: (Due October)

    • LSRF awards fellowships across the spectrum of the life sciences: biochemistry; cell, developmental, molecular, plant, structural, organismic population and evolutionary biology; endocrinology; immunology; microbiology; neurobiology; physiology; virology.
    • Similar structure as NSF postdoc
    • Only one LSRF fellow allowed in a lab at any given time
    • U.S. citizens are eligible to work in any geographic location while holding an LSRF fellowship. Non-U.S. citizens must work in a U.S. laboratory to be eligible for an LSRF fellowship.
  2. NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology: (due October)
    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens (or nationals) or permanent residents of the United States (i.e., have a “green card”) at deadline.
  3. National Institutes of Heath: (due December)
    • Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.
  4. L’Oreal Women in Science fellowships: (due December)
    • International scholarships also available
  5. SDE/GWIS Graduate Women in Science fellowships: National Fellowship Program (due January)
    • All women scientists that are conducting research in the natural sciences regardless of nationality are eligible for application for any of the SDE/GWIS Fellowships.
  6. Branco Weiss Postdoc Fellowship: (due February)
    • “Society in Science”
  7. Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship:
    • Supports early postdoctoral research training in all basic biomedical sciences.
  8. EMBO Fellowships: (various due dates)
    • The EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key feature in the application process. All fellowships must involve movement between countries and one of those countries must be an EMBC Member State.
  9. Human Frontier Science Program:
    • HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country.
  10. Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: (due November)
    • For underrepresented groups in the US
  11. Burroughs Wellcome Fund:
    • Various scholarships in medical and biomedical research
  12. New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS):
  • $40,000 postdoctoral fellowship grant for a woman interested in and committed to developing, validating, or using non-animal alternatives in the investigation of women’s health or sex differences.

  • Applications are due by Dec. 15, 2014



  1. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program:
    • Students at US institutions in the early stages of predoctoral study
  2. NSF Doctoral Disseration Improvement Grant: (due October)
    • Students in later stages of predoctoral study
  3. Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Program: (due November)
    • For underrepresented groups in the US
  4. EPA STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Fellowship: (due November)
    • Environmental sciences
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