Submissions open for Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline Date: June 27, 2024

Donor Name: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

Grant Size: $1000 to $10,000

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has announced Postdoctoral Fellowships to attract qualified, promising scientists entering their professional career in the T1D research field, intended for those in a relatively early state in their career.

The applicant is required to work with a sponsor who can provide a training environment conducive to beginning a career in type 1 diabetes-relevant research. At the time of activating the award, the applicant must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DMD, DVM), or the equivalent from an accredited institution and must not be simultaneously serving an internship or residency.

Funding Information

  • Award amounts are based on years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of activation. 
  • There are no indirect costs allowed for fellowships and JDRF will make no deductions for income tax, Social Security, etc. 
  • A research allowance of USD 5,500 is aimed at providing the fellow with funds to enrich their training experience and can be used for travel to scientific meetings (up to USD 2,000/year), journal subscriptions, books, training courses etc. They are not to be used for laboratory supplies or equipment. The purchase of a personal computer is allowed (up to USD 2,000) only during Year 1 of the award. Health insurance costs are permissible. The award is renewable for up to two additional years pending submission and approval of a renewal proposal and progress report. 
  • Awards are for three years, assuming satisfactory progress. The fellowship term is 12 months for each fellowship year. Fellows must devote at least 75% of their effort to the project outlined in the fellowship proposal. Recipients of the JDRF postdoctoral fellowship award cannot hold another postdoctoral fellowship at the same time.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant
    • This fellowship is intended for those at a relatively early stage of their career. Ordinarily, the most recent doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DMD, DVM, or equivalent) will have been received no more than 5 years before the application is submitted.
    • JDRF is sensitive to personal and COVID-related matters that impact career trajectories. Applicants who have taken leave from their career (e.g. parenting of a child, childbirth, long-term care of a parent/spouse/child/dependent, personal health issues), or experienced a delay in their training due to COVID shutdowns and the cancellation of the JDRF FY21 training call that put them outside of the eligibility time frame for the award mechanism should feel free to reach out to JDRF staff ahead of their application submission. JDRF aims to be flexible and adjust these time frames if necessary and appropriate.
    • There are no citizenship requirements for this program. To assure continued excellence and diversity among applicants and awardees, JDRF welcomes proposals from all qualified individuals and encourages proposals from persons with disabilities women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences.
  • Sponsor
    • The applicant must be sponsored by an investigator who is affiliated full-time with an accredited institution and who agrees to supervise the applicant’s training. The sponsor does not necessarily need to have a background in diabetes, but the research project must be type 1 diabetes-related.
  • Location
    • Fellowship research may be conducted at foreign and domestic, for-profit and nonprofit, and public and private organizations such as universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local governments, and eligible agencies of the federal government.

For more information, visit JDRF.

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