12 Postdoctoral Enrichment Grants for US and Canadian Students, 2017

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The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is generally offering up to 12 Postdoctoral Enrichment Grants which will be granted for enrichment activities annually. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported.

The Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is committed to fostering the development of the next generation of biomedical scientists and is strongly committed to supporting only degree-granting institutions to achieve this goal.

Course Level: Grants are available to pursue postdoctoral programme.

Study Subject: Grants are awarded for enrichment activities annually.

Scholarship Award: Generally, up to 12 awards will be granted for enrichment activities annually. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.

The program provides a total of $60,000 over three years as follows:

  • Year one: $20,000 will be granted to support enrichment activities of the postdoctoral fellow ($10,000 for research supplies or equipment uniquely required to enhance the postdoctoral fellow’s research and $10,000 for education and training, including for mentors in the research lab where the postdoctoral fellow is assigned.)  The PDEP award cannot be used to support salary expenses or indirect costs.  (Refer to Terms of Grant for information on indirect costs and other requirements for use of funds.)
  • Year two: $20,000 (same allocation as year one)
  • Year three:  $20,000 will be granted to help the postdoctoral fellow advance research efforts towards the professoriate.  The funds must be used to develop independent, innovative areas of research.

Scholarship can be taken in US and Canada

Eligibility: Applicants for the Postdoctoral Enrichment Award:

  • Must have no more than 36 months of postdoctoral research experience (in a research laboratory) at the time of application and not be more than 5 years from his/her Ph.D.
  • Must be nominated by a qualified mentor at the degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions) where the applicant will conduct the postdoctoral/fellowship training. Applications must be approved by an official responsible for sponsored programs (generally from the grants office, office of research, or office of sponsored programs) at the degree-granting institution
  • Must have secured a postdoctoral position with funding (including support by the mentor’s existing research grants) at a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada and must begin the postdoctoral position on or by the designated award commencement date
  • Must be underrepresented minorities (i.e. American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)
  • Must be citizens of the United States or Canada (at the time of application)
  • Must devote at least 75% of the time to research.

Nationality: Citizens of the United States or Canada are eligible to apply for this grant.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have no more than 36 months of postdoctoral research experience (in a research laboratory) at the time of application and not be more than 5 years from his/her Ph.D.

How to Apply: Interested candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will need to submit one online proposal through BWF’s Internet Grant Application Module (IGAM) by January 17, 2017, 4:00 pm ET. The proposal submission site or grant application portal will be available by October 14, 2016. The proposal includes:

Applicant Information

  • Personal statement and a CV from the applicant
  • Lay abstract and project plan
  • CV of mentor
  • Confidential letter from the mentor
  • Budget (template provided)
  • Signature page (template provided)
  • All communications will be made through email.
  • BWF does not provide critiques or written comments of unfunded proposals.

Application Deadline: Grant application deadline is January 17, 2017.

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