Global Programs: Post-doctoral

The Cross-disciplinary fellowship (CDF) supports up to 3 years of post-doctoral research in biophysics, physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics and nanoscience. Preference is given to candidates holding a PhD from outside the life sciences with limited exposure to biology. Applicants must have at least one paper accepted for publication in an international journal on August 30, 2012.

Agencies Involved: Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

Key Dates: The deadline for the 2015 competition is August 28, 2014. The registration site will open early July 2014.


The Long-term Fellowship (LTF) Program targets scientists looking to study in scientific fields other than of those in which their doctoral programs were completed. Candidates must show a desire to depart from previous PhD or Post-doctoral work to explore a new research problem. Fellowship funds are available to winners for a period of up to 3 years.

Agencies Involved: Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

Key Dates: The deadline for the 2015 competition is August 28, 2014. The registration site will open early July 2014.


The UNESCO-L'OREAL International Fellowships Programme is given to 15 women annually with the intent to exemplify the belief in supporting young female scientists. Winners are given the opportunity to conduct training and research conducive to on-going research projects at laboratories overseas for one year. Candidates must be no older than 35 and must be studying at the doctoral or post-doctoral level in one of the following fields: life sciences including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and physiology. Applications must be endorsed by The National Commission. Direct applications not accepted.

Agencies Involved: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), L’Oreal

Key Dates: Check website for updated and additional information.


These grants are aimed at furthering collaborative projects in observational astronomy and are open to astronomers globally. Projects must emphasize on long-term visits and international collaboration. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent.

Agencies Involved: American Astronomical Society

Key Dates: The application deadline is April 1 each year.


Center for Global Health Short-term Scientist Exchange Program

The Center for Global Health (CGH) Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program (STSEP) promotes collaborative research between established U.S. and foreign scientists from low, middle, and upper-middle income countries by supporting, in part, exchange visits of cancer researchers between U.S. and foreign laboratories. Candidates applying for this program must have at least 3 years postdoctoral experience in cancer research and must possess an invitation from a qualified sponsor. Research visits can vary from one week to six months in duration.

Agencies Involved: National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Key Dates: Applications are accepted throughout the year, with application deadlines of June 1, September 1, December 1, and March 1. Candidates are notified of the funding decision within one month of these deadlines.