Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology.  The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site.  For FY 2015 and beyond, these BIO programs are (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Under-represented in Biology, (2) Research Using Biological Collections, and  (3) National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.  These areas change periodically as new scientific and infrastructure opportunities present themselves. For this reason, this solicitation will be changed as necessary to reflect the areas being funded.

The fellowships are also designed to provide active mentoring of the Fellows by the sponsoring scientists who will benefit from having these talented young scientists in their research groups. The research and training plan of each fellowship must address important scientific questions within the scope of the BIO Directorate and the specific guidelines in this fellowship program solicitation.  Because the fellowships are offered to postdoctoral scientists only early in their careers, NSF encourages doctoral advisors to discuss the availability of these postdoctoral fellowships in biology with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs to ensure potential applicants may take advantage of this funding opportunity. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): November 19, 2019 

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Eligibility Requirements

Competitive Areas 1 and 2 are intended primarily for graduate students who are seeking independent support for their first postdoctoral position.

To be eligible for Areas 1-2, you must

  • be a U.S. citizen (or national) or a U.S. permanent resident, i.e., have a "green card," when applying;
  • present a research plan that falls within the purview of the Directorate for Biological Sciences;
  • earn the doctoral degree in an appropriate field prior to beginning the fellowship;
  • select sponsoring scientists, departments, and institutions that offer a significant opportunity to broaden your research focus and training;
  • not have served in any position that requires the doctoral degree for more than 6 full time months prior to the deadline; and
  • not have submitted the same research to another NSF postdoctoral fellowship program.

For Competitive Area 3:

To be eligible for Area 3, you must

  • be a U.S. citizen (or national) or a U.S. permanent resident, i.e., have a "green card," when applying;
  • present a research plan that falls within the scope of the goals of the National Plant Genome Initiative and the specific guidelines in this Solicitation;
  • earn the doctoral degree in an appropriate field prior to beginning the fellowship;
  • select sponsoring scientists, departments, and institutions that offer a significant opportunity to broaden your research focus and training that fall within the specific guidelines in this Solicitation;
  • not have served in any position that requires the doctoral degree for more than 12 full time months prior to the deadline; and
  • not have submitted the same research to another NSF postdoctoral fellowship program.

Amount Description

For the basic fellowship, the total fellowship amount is $69,000 per year and consists of two types of payments: a stipend and a research and training allowance. A monthly stipend of $4,500 is paid directly to the Fellow. The fellowship allowance of $15,000 per year is provided and spent at the Fellow's discretion, except foreign travel, which requires prior NSF approval. This allowance is intended to cover research- and training-related costs and fringe benefits. Allowable research and training costs include travel, such as short-term visits to other institutions or laboratories, field work, and attendance at scientific meetings, training, special equipment, IT equipment and software, supplies, publication costs, access fees for databases and other research-related expenses. The Fellow should keep records to document expenditures. Allowable costs for fringe benefits include individual or family health insurance (any combination of medical, vision, and/or dental) whether purchased as a group or individual plan, disability insurance, retirement savings, dependent care, and moving expenses. All payments are made directly to the Fellow as an electronic funds transfer into a personal account at a U.S. financial institution.

Funding Type

Fellowship

Eligibility

Post Doctoral Fellows

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Interdisciplinary

External Deadline

November 19, 2019