Research Funding

PDF Grant Program 2014 – 2015 Deadlines

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Advancing Parkinson’s Therapies Conference Award
Opens: Applications accepted year-round
Application Due: At least 90 days prior to the proposed start date of the conference
Award Notification: Four to six weeks after application submission

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists & Neurologists
Opens: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Letter of Intent Due: Monday, December 1, 2014
Notification: mid to late December 2014
Full Application Due: Monday, February 16, 2015
Award Notification:
mid April 2015

Summer Student Fellowships
Opens: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Application Due: Monday, January 26 , 2015

Student Travel Awards
Opens: 3 cycles, opening September 1st, January 1st, and May 1st
Application Due: October 14th, February 15th, and June 15th, respectively
(Conferences must take place at least 45 days after submission deadline.)

PDF-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award
Application Due: Friday, January 2, 2015
Award Notification: Monday, March 2, 2015
In partnership with the Parkinson Study Group

PDF-HHMI Year-Long Medical Research Fellows Program
Application Due: Monday, January 12, 2015
Award Notification: Friday, March 13, 2015
In partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute




Research Associate Programs

Annual Deadlines: February 1, May 1, August1, November 1
Detailed Program information , including how to apply online is available on the NRC website at:

The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

In these programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities listed on this website. Prior to completing an application, prospective applicants should contact the proposed Research Adviser to assure that funding will be available if their application is recommended by NRC panels. Once mutual interest is established between a prospective applicant and a Research Adviser, an application is submitted through the NRC WebRap system. Reviews are conducted four times each year and review results are available approximately 6-8 weeks following the application deadline.

Prospective applicants should read carefully the details of the program to which they are applying. In particular, note eligibility details. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents) and some laboratories have research opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond the PhD).  When searching for research opportunities you may limit your search to only those laboratories which match your eligibility criteria. In addition, note the application deadlines, as not all laboratories participate in all reviews.


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Jefferson Science Fellowships

The contribution of state-of-the-art science, technology, and engineering (STE) to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy, both domestic and foreign, has been recognized throughout the second half of the 20th-century as a critical element in reaching sound, comprehensive conclusions that reflect “good governance.” Without an accurate, timely understanding of rapidly advancing STE issues, it is increasingly difficult to identify and establish sound governmental policy that effectively meets the needs of modern societies. The articulation of “accurate science for statecraft” to policy makers has become an essential element in establishing effective international relationships in the 21st century.

Recognizing this need, the Secretary of State announced, on October 8, 2003, the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program at the U.S. Department of State, establishing a new model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. The JSF program is administered by the National Academies and supported through a partnership between the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Jefferson Science Fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. The application period opens each fall and closes in mid-January. Selected Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. As part of their assignments, Jefferson Fellows also have the opportunity to travel to U.S. embassies and missions overseas. At the conclusion of the fellowship year, and upon return to their home institution, Fellows continue to serve as a resource to the State Department and USAID for an additional five years.

For the 2014 program year, it is expected that the U.S. Department of State and USAID will host up to 15 Jefferson Science Fellows; the fellowship begins in mid-August.  Visit the How to Apply page to view eligibility criteria, terms of the fellowship and instructions for applying.

View the Jefferson Science Fellowship Brochure here.

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