Postdoctoral Affairs E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

August 27, 2021

Dear Postdoctoral Fellow Community,

Below is a list of open postdoctoral funding and volunteer opportunities, ordered closest to deadline date. As a reminder, current funding opportunities can always be found on our funding and job opportunities page.


Voland Neuro-Oncology Research Award

Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Voland Neuro-Oncology Research Award is open to residents, clinical fellows, predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty (not currently holding an R level grant or equivalent). More information is available here.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP)

Application Cycle Opens: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Application Cycle Closes: Thursday, November 18, 2021

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) application cycle will open on Wednesday, September 1 and close on Thursday, November 18. Awardees can receive up to $100,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract. The LRP has created videos to guide awardees through the application process. More information is available here.

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships (ACLS)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships (ACLS) invites research proposals from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. Given the disproportionate effect the current economic downturn has had on emerging, independent, and untenured scholars, ACLS will continue in the 2021-22 competition year to offer these fellowships solely to untenured scholars who have earned the PhD within eight years of the application deadline. ACLS welcomes applications from scholars without faculty appointments and scholars off the tenure track. More information is available here.

NIH MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award

Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Informational Webinar: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 2 PM ET

The MOSAIC program is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent, research-intensive faculty careers. The program has two components: a postdoctoral career transition award to promote diversity (K99/R00), and a cohort-based mentoring and career development program that supports the scholars (UE5). The MOSAIC K99/R00 program supports early career scientists with demonstrated and compelling commitments and contributions to enhancing diversity in the biomedical sciences. MOSAIC scholars come from diverse scientific backgrounds, and 75% are from racial/ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Please note, the MOSAIC K99/R00 award is limited to US Citizens and Permanent Residents. In addition, MOSAIC scholars become members of scientific cohorts and participate in mentoring, networking, and professional development activities coordinated by MOSAIC UE5 awardees:  The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), or The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). You can read more about the MOSAIC program and find log in information in a recent post on the NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog, as well as answers see answers to Frequently Asked Questions. More information is available here.

Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke (VECD) Fogarty Global Health Fellowship

Application Deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021
Informational Webinar: Wednesday, September 15, 8 AM CT

A year of research training in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) can be foundational for a career in global health research. The application portal is now open for the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke (VECD) Fogarty Global Health Fellowship (Twitter: @VECDFellows) 2022-2023 cohort. This outstanding program offers a year abroad opportunity for US and LMIC postdocs and US doctoral students to develop research skills in a global health setting. The entire spectrum of science is possible and relevant in LMIC settings, including basic, clinical, translational, population, and implementation science. The application deadline is November 1, 2021. To help with the application process, attend the application information webinar Wednesday, September 15, 8am US Central Time. This will be an opportunity to learn about the application requirements and to ask individual questions. You can find more information and register for the webinar here.

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Seeking Volunteers to Judge and Review Abstracts

Conference Dates: November 10-13, 2021
Judging will occur before the Conference: November 1-4, 2021

Join a vibrant community of the brightest minds in STEM at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), taking place virtually, November 10-13, 2021. With 12 scientific disciplines represented, ABRCMS offers a robust program that spans the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Invest in the next generation of STEM students and sign up to serve as a virtual judge or review abstracts. More information is available here.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Informational Webinar: Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports 25 early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. These $70,000 fellowships support non-residential postdoctoral proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members. More information is available here.

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

Application Deadline: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation 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. More information is available here.