National Science Foundation (NSF)
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Fellowships to USA early-career postdoctoral scientists at qualified IHEs and nonprofit organizations for training and research. Funding is intended to support career development to prepare scientists for future employment in the fields of academia, industry or private sector, and government.
The National Science Foundation offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to provide opportunities for recent doctoral graduates to obtain additional training, to gain research experience under the sponsorship of established scientists, and to broaden their scientific horizons beyond their undergraduate and graduate training. Postdoctoral Fellowships are further designed to assist new scientists to direct their research efforts across traditional disciplinary lines and to avail themselves of unique research resources, sites, and facilities, including at foreign locations. NSF seeks to promote the participation of scientists from all segments of the scientific community, including those from underrepresented groups, in its research programs and activities; the postdoctoral period is considered to be an important level of professional development in attaining this goal.
The goal of the SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SPRF) program is to promote fundamental research in the SBE sciences; enhance the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering; provide an opportunity for independence and advanced training under the direction of a sponsor; and encourage doctoral-level scientists (who are not yet in full-time positions) to take advantage of the two-year Fellowship to prepare for scientific careers in academia, industry or private sector, and government.
This SPRF program offers two tracks of Fellowships. For both of these tracks, proposals are encouraged from a wide range of doctoral-level investigators including those from groups that continue to be underrepresented in their field. Some proposals may contain elements of both tracks, in such cases it is up to the Fellowship candidate to choose which track to submit his or her proposal.
For more information on Fellowship tracks, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18584/nsf18584.pdf#page=4.
For examples of eligible expenses, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18584/nsf18584.pdf#page=5.
GrantWatch ID#: 175976
Between 15 to 20 total Fellowship awards will be made each year.
The annual Fellowship amount of $69,000 consists of two types of payments, a stipend and a research and training allowance:
1. An annual stipend of $54,000, paid directly to the Fellow in monthly installments of $4,500.
2. An annual research and training allowance of $15,000, paid directly to the Fellow and intended to cover the costs of the Fellowship.
Support may be requested for up to 24 months. A no-cost extension may be requested to extend the Fellowship award in order to complete the goals of the Fellowship, but no supplemental funds will be provided for this purpose.
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