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Postdoctoral Fellowships and Grants

Office of Postdoctoral Advancement

Boilerplate Document for Fellowships & Grant Applications

The Office of Postdoctoral Advancement and the Postdoctoral Advisory Council worked together to create the following boilerplate language for assisting in grant proposal preparation. Faculty Members and Postdoctoral Researchers are advised to tailor boilerplate language to reflect their research project's specific aims.

The Office of Postdoctoral Advancement strongly recommends that researchers directly contact the department/office/program in question when seeking a more in-depth resource description, mainly if a specific resource is integral to the research proposal.

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Grant Writing Training

The New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science (NJACTS) offers two grant writing training options for postdocs, NIH F grants for junior postdocs and NIH K and R grants for senior postdocs. Both options are run by Grant Writing Coaches trained by the National Research Mentoring Network.

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Are You Writing a K99/R00 Proposal?

We have samples of NIH K99/R00 proposals. If you are interested in accessing one of these samples, please contact us at

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Pivot Database

Pivot is a database of funding opportunities for all disciplines and project types. It includes federal, non-federal, foundation, and private funding opportunities. Thanks to Rutgers’ Office of Research and Economic Development, all faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students can search the ProQuest Pivot database to find funding opportunities. Pivot is updated daily.

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Cohort Fellowship Programs at Rutgers

Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Rutgers University sponsors an annual cohort of Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows through this program. The appointment is for a two-year term with the possibility of a subsequent appointment to a tenure-track faculty position at one of the four Rutgers University locations: Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers–Newark, and Rutgers–Camden.


The INSPIRE Fellowship Program serves to fulfill two important goals: prepare diverse university-trained Ph.D. scholars for successful careers as scientist-educators while increasing the participation of diverse student populations in biomedical science research fields.

ISGRJ Postdoctoral Fellows

These humanities-centered fellowships support recent doctoral recipients whose research demonstrates a deep investment in the areas of inquiry related to anti-racism and social inequality.

Scarlet and Black Postdoctoral Fellows

These fellowships support scholars engaged in the examination of the global dimensions of anti-Black racism and its impact on the Americas (1580 to the present).

Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship

The Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship offers Ph.D.-level scientists and engineers the opportunity to apply their training and expertise to the development and implementation of relevant state policy. As full-time aides in the executive or legislative branch, Science Fellows bring their advanced technical skills to service in state government.

NIH Postdoctoral (T32) Training Programs at Rutgers

  • This T32 program aims to create “B3-Trained” professionals who have received intense exposure to a “Bench-to-Business-to-Bedside” approach, focusing on translating research in regenerative medicine.

    Professor Ki-Bum Lee – Principal Investigator & Program Director

    For more information, visit this page


  • This program leverages the unique research strengths and resources of Rutgers Cancer Institute to provide training in translational research in Cancer Metabolism and Growth and Tumor Host Interactions. 

    The primary goal of this T32 training program is to provide postdoctoral candidates with the highest quality training and research experience so that they are competitive in developing research careers in academia, government, and the private sector.

    Professor Wei-Xing Zong – Principal Investigator & Program Director

    For more information visit this page


  • The JGPT curriculum provides broad research training in biochemical, organ system, and mechanistic toxicology with a strong foundation in drug metabolism, pathology, and molecular biology. Trainees are mentored by over 50 faculty members and academic and industry partners. 

    The JGPT provides trainees with career opportunities to develop their teaching, mentorship, publishing, and leadership skills and participate in community outreach. 

    Professor Lauren Aleksunes – Principal Investigator & Program Director

    For more information visit this page

  • The MNADRT Program focuses on understanding the genetic and environmental influences on the nervous system controlling stress dysregulation and pathogenesis in alcoholism and drug abuse. The program emphasizes fundamental brain functions related to reward, motivation, and stress reactivity, addressing both alcohol and drug abuse.

    Trainees benefit from Rutgers University's strengths in alcohol and drug abuse research, including state-of-the-art facilities and resources. The program also emphasizes career development, providing training in research conduct, grant writing, teaching, communication, and lab management to prepare trainees for independent academic careers.

    Distinguished Professor Dipak K. Sarkar – Principal Investigator & Program Director

    For more information visit this page

  • The "Training in Translating Neuroscience to Therapies" program at Rutgers University is designed to equip scientists with the necessary skills and competencies to translate their laboratory-based neuroscience research into therapeutic advancements for neurological disorders.

    The program aims to provide a comprehensive training experience that supports the progress of translational neuroscience research toward therapeutic development. It also seeks to increase the number of researchers focused on translational neuroscience by fostering a diverse cohort of trainees. Leveraging Rutgers' expertise in neuroscience drug discovery and development, the program offers trainees broad experiences in this field.

    Distinguished Professor & Vice Chancellor Faculty Development, Maral Mouradian - Principal Investigator & Program Director

    For more information visit this page


  • The NJ ACTS program enhances fellows' knowledge, skills, and abilities in clinical and translational research alongside their current research program. It aims to expand career development beyond traditional programs by focusing on interdisciplinary translational team research. Fellows gain a broader understanding of challenges and opportunities in translational science and access to extensive research resources.

    The program aims to train the next generation of researchers and promote understanding of disease heterogeneity and individual response to interventions. It seeks to strengthen infrastructure and resources to advance discovery, development, and dissemination in translational research throughout New Jersey.

    Professor & Vice Chanellor for Research, Kathleen Scotto - Principal Investigator & Program Director

    For more information visit this page.

  • Announcing a new NIDA-funded T32 Pre/Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Neuroscience.

    3 Pre-Doctoral and 3 Post-Doctoral positions are available.

    Interested applicants, please send your CV to Dr. Chris Pierce at

    For more information visit this page.

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Internal Resources

  • Rutgers Office of Research Development services include identifying funding opportunities, administering limited submissions, providing support for complex, large-scale proposals, and other activities that support the research mission of Rutgers. 

    Make sure to check the Office of Research's Proposal Support Repository for sample proposals and supporting documents, frequently-requested institutional info, and sponsor-specific toolkits

  • Research at Rutgers details national, residential, public scholar, convening grants, and local humanities funding resources for those in the arts and humanities fields.  

  • You may use the following two links to search through merit-based research grants and fellowships in the humanities that are specific to postdocs. Feel free to also search through the website using your own filters.  

External Resources


The Office of Postdoctoral Advancement does not endorse any services, websites, or links listed below. Neither Rutgers University nor the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement guarantees in any manner the integrity and quality of the funding opportunities offered by listed websites. Postdocs of Rutgers University are under no obligation to use these external funding resources and are encouraged to carefully research the credibility and accuracy of these.

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently posted a one-stop-shop of funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and scholars. Postdoctoral research fellowships are available across a variety of scientific disciplines, including Astronomy, Mathematical Sciences, Biology, and others. For Fiscal Year 2024, the Biden Administration proposes $11.3 billion for the National Science Foundation, which is an increase of $1.8 billion, or 19 percent above the FY23 enacted level of $9.5 billion. To view the list of funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at NSF, please see the latest NSF 101 information guide.

  • This is a list of the Fellowships and Grants which the Department of Art History’s Graduate Office has information on that provides applications and information online. Note that this list is currently being updated.  

  • Here you can find a listing of notable funding opportunities available to postdoctoral scholars.  If you are aware of an external opportunity for postdocs but do not see it posted here, please email

  • A detailed list of funding schemes and opportunities for postdoctoral fellowships, curated/edited by Dieter Lukas, and eLife Ambassadors Juan Quintana and Aziz Khan. You can also browse the travel fundings list for postdocs. For more information, please click here.

  • is the premier web portal on the minority postdoctoral experience especially in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

    Funding, fellowships, travel awards and other resources of interest to current/future postdocs are found here. Contact us about listing your diversity-minded opportunity here. If your organization wants more visibility on this website, then also request information on advertising rates and terms by contacting us at If links are broken, then use the keywords for web searches. Note that not all opportunities are currently active; but, we keep them on this page for historical purposes.

  • This page provides information on some fellowships for postdoctoral researchers in the biological sciences. For more information, please click here.

  • The Fogarty International Center is dedicated to advancing the mission of the National Institutes of Health by supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.

    Funding opportunities listed here for postdoctoral researchers are available to researchers between the completion of a doctoral degree and acceptance of a faculty position. This directory includes a variety of international grants and fellowships in biomedical and behavioral research. Its goal is to provide information about additional funding opportunities available to those in the field of global health research. The directory is maintained by the Fogarty International Center, the international component of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    To add or update your organization's listing, please contact

  • Full list contains all postdoctoral funding opportunities. Continuously updated repository of federal and private funding opportunities that are intended for postdoctoral investigators.

    For more information, please click here.

  • Quick Tips

    • Fellowships scores are divided into thirds. One-third relates to the applicant research and scholar experience and achievements. Another third reflects the sponsor experience and achievements, training potential and plan, and environment. The last third represents the quality and potential of the research project proposed.
    • Responding to reviewer critiques and the inclusion of appropriate protocols that safeguard and justify the use of human and/or animal subjects in the proposed research may also factor into the final scores.
    • Including a detailed training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and the budget for the research proposed do not factor into the overall impact score, but they must be addressed.

    Please consult the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) or your NIH Program Officer for more details well in advance of your submission. 

    Are you a postdoc at RBHS NJMS/GSBS in Newark? If you have further questions, you may contact Doreen Badheka, director of special projects and career development counselor for postdocs