Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants

Funding Agency:
Komen for the Cure, Susan G.

Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Grants are intended to attract and support promising scientists and clinician/scientists who are embarking on careers dedicated to breast cancer research. By providing funding to outstanding postdoctoral/postgraduate fellows under the guidance of a mentor, Komen seeks to ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists will emerge as the next generation of leaders in the field of breast cancer research. These leaders will play key roles in reducing breast cancer incidence and mortality within in the next decade, with the ultimate goal of ending breast cancer forever.

The Letter of Intent must propose research that directly relates to breast cancer and clearly describes the significant potential to lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and/or mortality within the next decade, or otherwise will be administratively withdrawn from consideration and will not be reviewed or scored.

1. Basic/Translational: PDF-Basic/Translational Research Grants provide support for hypothesis-driven research projects that are laboratory-or field-based and do not meet Komen’s definition of clinical research. Studies focusing on quality of life or survivorship issues are not appropriate for this research focus area. A project involving clinical trial samples for a study in conjunction with a clinician that does not involve the Applicant having direct patient interaction would also be appropriate for the Basic/Translational Focus area.

2. Clinical: PDF-Clinical Research Grants provide support for either M.D. or Ph.D. Applicants for hypothesis driven, patientoriented research for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects/patients. Such studies may be conducted in conjunction with laboratory-based research, as appropriate. This includes studies such as therapeutic interventions or clinical trials. *Clinical trials are research studies that involve people and explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. A clinical trial may also be observational, where individuals are only observed and the outcomes measured by researchers. 

Letter of Intent Submission deadline: July 14, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are open to postdoctoral fellows who have completed their doctoral degree and are at academic institutions, no more than 4 years after the date of their degree confirmation, or 4 years after completion of their residency (for physicians).



Amount Description

Funding Level: Up to $120,000 over 2 years or $180,000 over 3 years.

Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 14, 2016