Study Abroad: STEM Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships in the United States for Postdocs

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Sciences Foundation (NSF) work together to support PEER Science, a grant program that invites scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics of importance to USAID and conducted in partnership with their NSF-funded collaborators. Candidates must be based in PEER-eligible countries.

Agencies involved: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Sciences Foundation (NSF)

Key dates: Applications for 2014 now closed.


Research Internships Abroad

This program supports short- and medium-term research internships abroad for recipients of fellowships provided by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). Candidates must have an ongoing fellowship awarded by FAPESP in the CI, MS, DD, DR, PD modalities. Candidates must be proficient in the language of the country where the research will be developed or in English. Candidates for the Post-doctorate (BEPE-PD) must be pursuing research projects as professional academics. Funding is available for up to one year.

Agencies Involved: São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Key Dates: Applications accepted year-round.


CNPq Full Doctoral - GDE

The aim of the Full Doctoral (GDE) Program is to provide doctors with up to 36 months of medical training in cutting-edge scientific technology. Candidates must be residents of Brazil.

Agencies Involved: National Research Council (CNPq)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


Biomedical Sciences Exchange Program (BMEP)

The Biomedical Sciences Exchange Program (BMEP) aims to maintain biomedical scientific and educational exchange in between North America and Europe. Candidates must be students of biomedicine at the graduate and post-doctoral level.

Agencies Involved: International Academy of Life Sciences (IALS)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


Fight for Sight Research Award

The Fight for Sight Research Award is offered to UK academics for a period of 9-12 months in order to pursue laboratory research toward the prevention of sight loss and treatment. Candidates must be UK citizens and hold or expect to receive a PhD.

Agencies Involved: The US-UK Fulbright Commission and Fight for Sight

Key Dates: Applications for 2014 are now closed.


UNESCO-L'OREAL International Fellowships Programme for Young Women in Life Sciences

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 information.


L'Oréal For Women in Science Fellowships

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program is a national awards program that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each that they must put towards their postdoctoral research.

Launched in 2003 as the U.S. Fellowships component of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowship program, the program 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

An inter-disciplinary panel of scientists reviews all applications submitted. The top candidates chosen by the review panel are then forwarded for final selection to a distinguished Jury of career scientists and former North American L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureates. The Jury seeks candidates with exceptional academic records and intellectual merit, clearly articulated research proposals with the potential for scientific advancement and outstanding letters of recommendation from advisers. New to the program this year, applicants will also be evaluated in part on their commitment to supporting women and girls in science.

Agencies Involved: L’Oréal, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 

Key Dates: May 19th, 2014


Deafness Research UK Award

The Deafness Research U.K. Award is distributed each year to up to 3 academics or professionals in order to pursue research for a period of 3-12 months into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing impairment. Candidates must be U.K. citizens and hold or expect to receive a PhD at the time of application.

Agencies Involved: The US-UK Fulbright Commission and Deafness Research UK

Key Dates: Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


Diabetes UK Research Award

The Diabetes UK. Research Award is distributed each year to one individual with the intention of providing support for a 3-12 month for investigations of that individual into the clinical or biomedical aspects of diabetes.

Agencies Involved: The US-UK Fulbright Commission and Diabetes UK

Key Dates: Applications for 2014 are now closed.


Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program

The Norman E. Borlaug International Fellowship Program aims to promote food security and economic growth by increasing research to improve agricultural productivity. Fellows receive support for 6-12 weeks of training and research opportunities in order to strengthen agricultural practices through the development of new agricultural technologies. Candidates must be citizens of Borlaug-approved country, and must hold Master's degrees with 2 or more years of practical experience in an university, government, non-profit, or private agricultural research entity.

Agencies Involved: US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


National Institute of Health (NIH) Visiting Fellowship

The National Institute of Health (NIH) offers fellowships for research training to visiting post-doctoral scholars. Candidates must hold PhD degrees in the health sciences and have no more than 5 years of research experience by the time of fellowship commencement. Candidates must produce an invitation for the fellowship from a senior scientist at the NIH, which can be obtained by contacting a senior scientist at NIH, who then serves as the participant's sponsor during the fellowship period. Awards are available to winning fellows for up to 2 years, and extendable to 5 years. 

Agencies Involved: The National Institute of Health (NIH)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Smithsonian Institution Molecular Evolution Fellowship Program

The Smithsonian Fellowship Program offers post-doctoral academics the opportunity to conduct research at the Smithsonian Institute for a period of 12-24 months. Applicants must have completed or be near completion of their PhD.

Agencies Involved: The Smithsonian Institute

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Long-term fellowships (LTF)

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: 2014 application deadline wil fall in August 2014


Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Cross-disciplinary fellowship (CDF)

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: 2014 application deadline will fall in August 2014


Pilot Program of Researcher Exchange for Recipients of Young Scientist Fellowships in Chemistry

Pilot Program of Researcher Exchange for Recipients of Young Scientist Fellowships in Chemistry Candidates should have current fellowships valid at institutions of higher education or research institutes in the state of São Paulo. Providing research fellowships with the aim of creating opportunities for those who wish to pursue research projects at universities in the United States.

Agencies Involved: joint initiative of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Chemistry and FAPESP

Key Dates: FAPESP issues calls for applications to the program on a semi-annual basis.


CNPq Post-doctoral Fellow - PDE

The Post-doctoral Fellow (PDE) provides fellows with training and project development necessary to update their skills and knowledge. Candidates must be residents of Brazil having held PhD for over three years.

Agencies Involved: National Research Council (CNPq)

Key Dates: From 6 to 12 months, with possibility of extension up to a total term of 24 months purse.


FAPESP’s Research Fellowships Abroad (BPE)

The FAPESP’s Research Fellowship Abroad (BPE) is intended for scientists with a permanent position in a research institution in State of São Paulo to study abroad for a period of up to 12 months. Candidates must hold a PhD.

Agencies Involved: FAPESP- São Paulo Research Foundation

Key Dates: Requests can be made any time of year


Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) Senior Internship

Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) Senior Internship program provides PhD researchers with the ability to travel for 1-12 months for the purpose of education or research. Candidates must be residents of Brazil, and have completed doctoral programs no more than 8 years prior to application.

Agencies Involved: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


Foreign Guest Researcher Program

The Foreign Guest Researcher Program supports scientists looking to work collaboratively with scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST.

Agencies Involved: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) Support Program Events Abroad (PAEX)

The CAPES PAEX Program is intended for doctors attending scientific events abroad in order to highlight international visibility of science and technological developments made within their home country. The Program supports these visits by providing funds for 1 month duration. Candidates must hold a PhD degree.

Agencies Involved: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)

Key Dates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with approval for enrollment taking place 9 months after submission.


Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) Strategic Program DPB and DRI

The CAPES Strategic Program provides grants for overseas training in fields carrying a scientific strategic nature. Applicants must be residents of Brazil, and must have been previously approved for candidacy by CAPES.

Agencies Involved: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)

Key Dates: Varies per project


CNPq Training Abroad - SPE

The Training Abroad (SPE) Program is aimed to support the participation of researchers, specialists, and technicians in development activities through 4-12-month internships and courses. Candidates must be residents of Brazil.

Agencies Involved: National Research Council (CNPq)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


International Visitor Program

The International Visitor Program invites international officials, researchers, specialists and students to participate in tours, meetings, conferences, workshops, ongoing research projects, and technical consultations with the US Forest Service.

Agencies Involved: US Forest Service

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


Chrétien International Research Grants

Chrétien International Research Grants was developed to further international collaborative projects in observational astronomy. Winning groups receive funding for long-term research with astronomers overseas. All group members must be post-doctoral astronomers.

Agencies Involved: American Astronomical Society

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


International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development (IOF)

The European Commission provides International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) for European researchers looking to venture afield with their studies, and International Return Fellowships (IRF) for researchers from EU Member States and Associated Countries. Candidates must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time research experience. The host organization should be a university or research institution.

Agencies Involved: European Commission

Key Dates: Check website for updated information