The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

Funding Agency:
American Federation for Aging Research

The program, focused on the development of translational aging research, provides up to seven two-year fellowships of $120,000. It is meant to provide portable and flexible transitional funding for senior postdoctoral fellows as they develop and negotiate for junior faculty appointments and independent research programs. A supplemental award of up to $30,000 may be available if the candidate successfully transitions to an independent junior faculty position within two years of completing the Diamond/AFAR Fellowship. 

Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging distinguishes itself from other postdoctoral fellowship programs by providing full-time research training and flexible and portable grant support to senior postdoctoral fellows – those with at least 3 and not more than 6 years of prior postdoctoral training – providing leverage to negotiate for junior faculty appointments and independent research programs either at their own or other institutions. The purpose of this program is to facilitate the development of junior faculty members who have training and expertise in translational aging research as described below.

Translational research, in the broadest sense, is defined here as a systematic effort to convert basic research knowledge into practical applications to improve human health and well-being. This program will prioritize Type 1 translational aging research, i.e. research focused on basic aging discoveries that have a clearly articulated pathway towards clinical relevance to the health and well-being of older adults. These may include proof of concept studies or small scale studies related to new diagnostic, treatment or preventive modalities related to aging-relevant biology. Type 2 translational research, such as projects that are strictly clinical in nature, are not eligible. Studies should use one or more of the following models:

  • Human subjects
  • Human cells and tissues
  • Mice or other mammals.

Programs using other types of models (i.e. yeast, invertebrates, etc.) will only be considered when there is a compelling justification that these studies may be directly relevant to human health and aging.


The deadline for Letters of Intent is January 21, 2019.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be a postdoctoral fellow (MD and/or PhD degree or equivalent) who is within three to six years of starting postdoctoral training at the start date of the award (July 1, 2019.)  Applicants who have received postdoctoral training beyond six years (before July 1, 2013) must provide a justification for the additional training period.
  • 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.
  • Fellows may not hold concurrent K99/R00 funding. Other concurrent foundation or not-for-profit or government funding is allowable provided there is no budgetary and/or scientific overlap.



Amount Description

It is anticipated that up to 7 two-year fellowships of up to $120,000 will be awarded in 2018. The applicant’s salary/stipend must equal or exceed NIH pay scales for postdoctoral fellowships, appropriate to the level of training. Funds may also be requested for research supplies, equipment, health insurance, travel to scientific meetings, and additional research and educational training to build expertise in translational research. Overhead/indirect cost and tuition are not allowed.

Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Translational

External Deadline

January 21, 2019