Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research

Funding Agency:
American Federation for Aging Research

This program was developed to provide support for postdoctoral fellows (MD, MD/PhD and PhD) who specifically direct their research towards basic aging mechanisms and/or translational findings that have direct benefits to human aging and healthspan. Postdoctoral fellows at all levels of training are eligible. Up to ten one-year fellowships of $75,000 will be awarded in 2023.

The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research(“GFMR”), in partnership with the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), created the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research to encourage and further the careers of postdoctoral fellows who are conducting research in the basic biology of aging, as well as translating advances in basic research from the laboratory to the clinic. The award is intended to provide significant research and training support to permit these postdoctoral fellows to become established in the field of aging. We are excited to note that this award has been increased by $15,000 for the 2023 grant year (from $60,000 to $75,000).

The GFMR Postdoctoral Fellowship program supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging as well as projects that have direct relevance to human aging if they show the potential to lead to clinically relevant strategies that address human aging and healthspan. Projects investigating age-related diseases will be considered, but only if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders such as frailty will also be considered. Projects that are strictly clinical in nature such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible.

Deadline for Letter of Intent: Jan. 25, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be a postdoctoral fellow (MD and/or PhD degree or equivalent) at the start date of the award (July 1, 2023).
  • The proposed research must be conducted at a qualified not-for-profit setting in the United States.
  • Individuals who are employees in the NIH Intramural program are not eligible.
  • Postdoctoral fellows in laboratories that receive support as part of a Paul F. Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who will have received more than 5 years of postdoctoral training at the time of the start of the award must provide a justification for the additional training period. Because of COVID pandemic related challenges, eligibility has been extended to allow one additional year of training - 6 years total - for the 2023 award cycle.
  • Fellows may not hold any concurrent funding for the same research project.



Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident
Minorities encouraged
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

January 25, 2023