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Scholarship Name Scholarship Value Deadline
Glenn/AFAR Breakthrough in Gerontology Awards $200,000 December 16

Applicant must be a full-time faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher with a strong record of independent publication beyond the postdoctoral level. The proposed research in the basic biology of aging must be conducted at any type of not-for-profit setting in the United States. Former AFAR Research Grant awardees may apply.
Study areas: basic biology of aging research

Scholar Award for Clinical Research $100,000 September 15

Applicant must hold an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree. Applicant is expected to hold an independent faculty-level position or equivalent for a minimum period of three years, and to have obtained substantial research support from a national agency. Proposed projects must relate to leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.
Renewable for up to five years based on yearly non-competitive progress report review.

Scholarship Program $100,000 September 15 (preliminary application); October 1 (full application)

Applicant must hold an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree with at least five years of independent research experience and is expected to hold an independent faculty-level or equivalent position. Minority and women investigators are encouraged to apply.
Proposed research projects must be related directly to leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.
Renewals are based upon a yearly non-competitive progress report review.

AFAR Research Grant $75,000 December 16

Applicant must demonstrate a commitment to the field of aging, specifically with research in the basic biology of aging. Selection is based upon qualification of the applicant, quality of proposed research, excellence of research environment, and likelihood that the project will advance the applicant's career in aging research. Application endorsed by his or her institution required.
Study areas: basic biology of aging research

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) - Postdoctoral Fellowship

$60,000 per year for three years.

Anticipated 9/2017 ( Previous deadline 9/1/2016 )

Note: The 9/1/16 deadline is for an initial eligibility evaluation by LLS staff. See website for an explanation of the full, three phase, application process and for subsequent abstract and full proposal deadlines.

Fellowships support postdoctoral scientists of various disciplines researching blood cancer or normal blood cell biology that has relevance to blood cancer. In addition to translational research, The LLS encourages basic research, technological development, and informatics pipeline development; however, all approaches must have direct blood cancer relevance. The fellowship offers support for three years.

Investigator Award and Innovative Research Grant $50,000 09/30/2017

The Arthritis Foundation awards postdoctoral fellowships for 2 years to scholars researching arthritis and related rheumatic diseases. Fellows will research the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. A knowledgeable supervisor will document the arthritis research.

Life Sciences Research Foundation (LSRF) - Postdoctoral Fellowship Program $50,000 annual stipend. Anticipated 10/2017 ( Previous deadline 10/1/2016 )

Fellowships support research and training of young scientists in all areas of the life sciences whose discoveries and application of innovations in biology will be for the public's good. The fellowship is for 3 years.

Postdoctoral Research Program $43,000 01/01/2075

The Fox Chase Cancer Center supports up to 70 collaborative postdoctoral associates at any one time at the Center located in Philadelphia. The program is affiliated with Temple University Health System and located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fox Chase is has core research facilities and an informative research library that will help postdoctoral scholars grow as scientists and as professionals. Postdoctoral training includes bioinformatics, teaching, educational conferences and seminars, and a 6-week grants writing course.

Grant and Fellowships $40,000 08/28/2017

The Prevent Cancer Foundation offers up to 7 fellowships for 2 years to postdoctoral scholars who will research cancer prevention. The Foundation defines cancer prevention as the “reduction of cancer incidence through research, education and early detection.” This fellowship is for young investigators. Grants are for any academic level. The award funding will be sent out 4 times a year. Fellows will send a progress report, personal statement, and financial report during the fellowship, in order to receive support. The Prevent Cancer Foundation offers a maximum of 1, 6-month no-cost extension.

Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award $32,000 10/28/2017

The Hertz Foundation provides merit-based support for 20 doctoral students in the applied physical, biological or engineering sciences for up to 5 years. Hertz hopes to fund future innovators and leaders in the sciences. There are two fellowship options, the Five-Year Hertz (Option 1) and the Five-Year Coordinated (Option 2). The Five-Year Hertz is renewable for up to 5 years. The Five-Year Coordinated has a Hertz period of 2 years and requires awardee to accept a 3-year Fellowship from another source.

National Science Foundation Fellowship $30,000 December 1

Applicant must be in the early stages of graduate study.
Recipient will also receive a $10,500 allowance per tenure year
Renewable for three years

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - PGS Doctoral Scholarship $21,000 (Canadian) per year. Anticipated 10/2017 ( Previous deadline 10/15/2016 )

Note: The October 15 deadline is for direct application. Individuals applying through a Canadian university should note that there will be earlier departmental and university deadlines. Please consult the funder's website for more information.

NSERC supports Canadian citizens in doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering including civil and mechanical engineering; chemical, biomedical and materials science engineering; electrical engineering; computing sciences; mathematical sciences; physics and astronomy; chemistry; earth sciences; evolution and ecology; cellular and molecular biology; plant and animal biology; and psychology. The scholarships offers support for 2-3 years.

PhRMA Foundation - Pharmacology/Toxicology Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships $20,000 per year. Anticipated 9/2017 ( Previous deadline 9/1/2016 )

Predoctoral candidates: Due to the high demand for this fellowship, the PhRMA Foundation will accept only one application per academic institution. Potential applicants at the University of Illinois should contact Ken Vickery at the Graduate College at least one month before applying.

Fellowships are for research that integrates information on molecular or cellular mechanisms of action with information on the effects of an agent observed in an intact organism, in experimental animal or clinical studies or both. Highest priority will be given to applicants whose research will attempt to integrate information on a drug or chemical’s mechanism of action at the molecular or cellular level with a drug’s effect in a human or laboratory animal. These awards intend to encourage multidisciplinary training to apply the perspective of molecular, cell, and systems biology to pharmacology and toxicology research. Their scope includes basic drug action studies, detection of cellular responses to drugs at the gene level that create opportunities to optimize individualized drug therapy, and the corresponding evaluation of pharmaceuticals in human and clinical populations. Fellowships provide 1-2 years of support.

Predoctoral Fellowships

PhRMA Foundation - Informatics in Human Biology and Disease Process Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships $20,000 per year. Anticipated 9/2017 ( Previous deadline 9/1/2016 )

Predoctoral candidates: Due to the high demand for this fellowship, the PhRMA Foundation will accept only two applications per academic institution. Potential applicants at the University of Illinois should contact Ken Vickery at the Graduate College at least one month before applying.

Predoctoral Fellowships

Thermo Fisher Scientific - Graduate Scholarship

Scholarships of $5,000 and $10,000 are available.

Anticipated 6/2017 ( Previous deadline 6/30/2016 )

The scholarship is offered to graduate student in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life science field. The scholarship is for the semester following the deadline.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) - Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship


Anticipated 6/2017 ( Previous deadline 6/30/2016 )

Scholarships support scholars, historians and writers who study the history of cancer, women in science, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, plant biology, the intersection of biology and physics, and other topics relating to the molecular biology revolution. The scholarship is intended to fund travel and other expenses associated with working on the project, including use of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives collections and sources at other locations. The scholarship is for one year.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship $10,000 June 30

Applicant must be a legal U.S. resident over 16 years old who is enrolled at an accredited college/university pursuing a degree in biology, chemistry, bio-chemistry, or related life science field. Minimum 3.0 GPA and official transcripts required. Resume, recommendations, and projects are optional.
Study areas: biology, bio-chemistry, chemistry

Illinois Water Resources Center (IWRC) - Small Grants

Up to $10,000.

Anticipated 10/2017 ( Previous deadline 10/21/2016 )

Grants support graduate research projects that address any aspect of Illinois water resources. For 2017,  however, the priority topic is agriculture and urban stormwater mitigation. Projects may be related to social science, planning, hydrology, water quality, biology, and engineering as well as explorations of the impacts, barriers, and opportunities of traditional and green infrastructure mitigation plans and practices. The grant offers support for one year.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship $5,000|$10,000 November 8

To provide educational support for the next generation of scientists as they prepare for careers in research, science and medicine.

David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowships $8,000 September 11.

To identify and support early-career scientists who will shape the field of applied conservation biology.

Owen F. Aldis Scholarship Fund $8,000 November 1.

To nurture excellence in human ethology by supporting students who are undertaking empirical research in human behavior, drawing on the repertoire of methods developed in biology and the human behavioral sciences.

Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research $5,000 October 15; March 15

Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student. Funds may used to support scientific investigation in any field.
Recipient must reapply for renewal.

Catherine H. Beattie Fellowships $1,000|$4,500 November 30.

To enable individuals to conduct research on a rare or endangered U.S. plant.

Mathematics and Science Scholarship Program for Alabama Teachers $4,000 September 16

Award must be repaid unless the recipient works for five years in a targeted school system with critical needs.
Study areas: biology, general science, mathematics, physics

Laurie Ircandia Memorial Scholarship $3,500 June 15

Applicant must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and intend to pursue graduate study. Selection is based upon academic merit and extracurricular activities in the fields of study.
Study areas: ecology, environmental protection, marine biology, zoology

Postgraduate Scholarships for UK/EU Applicants at College of Science, Swansea University in UK, 2017 £3,000 07/21/2017

Swansea University, College of Science is offering a number of postgraduate scholarships. Scholarships are available to all new UK/EU students for September 2017 entry. The aim of the Swansea University scholarship is to enable and encourage academically able students. The university has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth, and we have achieved our ambition to be a top thirty research university, soaring up the 2014 Research Excellence Framework league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd in 2008. Applicants should hold a minimum of a 2.1 degree (or equivalent). SWELT is the official English language test for international students wishing to study at Swansea University. The test is designed, administered and marked by English Language Training Services staff and is accepted by Swansea University as an alternative to IELTS as part of applicant’s application for a CAS.

Eloise Gerry Fellowship $3,000 December 1

Applicant must be a woman who holds a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning and is able to show documented evidence of outstanding ability and promise in research.
Study areas: biological sciences, chemical sciences

National Zoological Park Traineeship in Genetics $3,000 December 31

Selection is based upon statement of interest, scholastic achievement, relevant experience, and letters of reference. Preference is given to advanced undergraduates, and recent graduates.
Study areas: Animal science, biological sciences, conservation, genetics, population biology

Dennis Raveling Scholarship $2,000 October 31

Applicant must be pursuing an advanced degree in wildlife, zoology, botany, ecology or other biological science that are related to wetlands ecology. Selection is based on dedication to wetland preservation, high academic achievement and the merit of the project submitted.

Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program $1,500 July 15

Applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment with a declared major in a science-related field. Applicant must make a top 10 list of reasons why they think science is awesome and write a personal statement on how they plan to use their degree to further advance science in their field of interest.
Study areas: science-related field

Aquatic & Marine Studies Scholarship $1,500 September 30

Applicant must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a Marine or Aquatic field of study. Minimum 2.8 GPA, transcript, and essay required.
Study areas: aquatic, marine

Dog Fence DIY Annual Scholarship $1,000 September 1

Applicant must fall into one of the following categories: undergraduate student enrolled in an undergraduate biology or pre-veterinary studies program (or the equivalent); vocational or community college student working in technical or support degrees associated to the service of animals; graduate student enrolled in an animal assisted therapy graduate program; or Vet Tech program. All applicants must be enrolled full time, hold a minimum 3.5 GPA, and submit a 1,000-word essay on one of the following topics: Ways to improve the quality of life of our canine companions or what to do when you're dog is lost. One of the two awards is open to international students outside of the United States.
living expenses, educational expenses or quality of life expenses
Study areas: animal sciences, pre-veterinary studies, veterinary medicine, vet tech studies

Couponbirds "Help to Save" Scholarship $500 10/21/2017

To assist students in reducing their tuition fee burden and collect their smart ways of saving money, couponbirds starts the Couponbirds "Help to Save" Scholarship program. The most sparkling idea and response will be drawn to present at our site and rewarded with prize.

Youth Incentive Award $400 November 1

Applicant must be a high school student who submits a proposal for topics such as field collecting trips to conduct beetle species inventories or diversity studies, attending workshops or visiting entomology or natural history museums for special training and projects on beetles, studying aspects of beetle biology, etc. The proposed activities or projects will be evaluated on their degree of creativity, educational benefit to the applicant, scientific merit, feasibility and budgetary planning.
plus one-year subscription to The Coleopterists Bulletin
Study areas: the study of beetles

Hertz Foundation's Graduate Fellowship Award $1 November 1

Applicants must be college seniors planning to pursue or graduate students currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the applied physical and engineering sciences or modern biology which applies the physical sciences. Successful applicants must attend one of the foundation's approved schools. The award is based on merit, creativity and potential for research.

AAA Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Unspecified June 1.

To provide salary support to AAA members working in any aspect of biology relevant to the anatomical sciences.

Shibley-Hicks Scholarship Unspecified June 15

Lillian and Alex Feir Graduate Student Travel Awards Unspecified July 1.

To encourage graduate students working with insects or other arthropods in the broad areas of physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology to affiliate with ESA's Integrative Physiological and Molecular Insect Systems Section and to attend the ESA Annual Meeting or an International Congress of Entomology.

Jeffery P. LaFage Graduate Student Research Award Unspecified July 1.

To recognize graduate students who proposes innovative research that advances or contributes significantly to the knowledge of the biology or control of pests in the urban environment, especially termites or other wood-destroying organisms.

Mozilla - Fellowships in Open Source and Data Sharing in the Life/Natural Sciences $60,000 stipend. Anticipated 7/2017 ( Previous deadline 7/15/2016 )

Fellowships are for early-career researchers working to shift research practice to be more collaborative, iterative and open in the life and natural sciencesFellows remain at their home institution but receive training and support from Mozilla to hone their skills around open source and data sharing. They will also craft code, curriculum and other learning resources that help their local communities learn open data practices. Fellows spend up to 20% of their time on continuing their personal research. Fellowships are for 10 months.

PhRMA Foundation Pharmaceutics Pre Doctoral Fellowships Unspecified September 1.

To support advanced students who will have completed the bulk of their pre-thesis requirements and are starting their thesis research by the time the award is activated.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) - Postdoctoral Career Award at the Scientific Interface

The awardprovides the following levels of support during the postdoctoral portion of the award, i.e., years 1-2:
Salary and Research: $65,000.
Administrative Fee: $5,000.
Annual Total: $70,000.

The award provides the following le

Anticipated 9/2017 ( Previous deadline 9/6/2016 )

NOTE: The 9/1/16 deadline is for a preproposal. The full proposal will be due 1/9/17.

Sloan Research Fellowships Unspecified September 16.

To stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.

Sloan Research Fellowships Unspecified September 16.

To stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.

Fully Funded Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Scholarships for International Students, 2017 Unspecified 09/28/2017

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree scholarships opens for applications for International Students starting in September 2017. Applications from EU and non-EU candidates are welcome – the programme is aimed at students from all over the world. The Erasmus Mundus AquaCulture, Environment and Society Joint Master Degree has been designed to address the major scientific, technological and social obstactles facing the sustainable development of the global aquaculture industry. This full-time, 2 year course is specifically targeted at highly talented European and international students with a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in one of the fields of aquaculture, marine science, marine biology, biology, environmental or social sciences, who wish to advance their skills. Our Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society (EM JMD ACES) will give you a unique opportunity to study in the United Kingdom, Crete and France, as well as allowing you to gain the practical and theoretical skills needed for a successful career in aquaculture through industry-le Scholarships are available to pursue Master programme in AquaCulture, Environment and Society and can be taken in United Kingdom, Crete and France Worth of Award Scholarships will cover tuition fees, living and travel expenses. Eligibility The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship: The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society is open to students who meet the following minimum conditions: Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in one of the fields of environmental or social sciences. An appropriate background could include; Aquaculture-related studies, Marine Science, Aquatic Biology, Biology, Environmental Sciences or Marine Resources, Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy. You should have a bachelor degree at the time of application for the scholarship, i.e. by 17 February 2017. English competence equivalent to 6.5 Academic IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in all four components). We particularly welcome applications from mature students and/or those with practical working experience in the aquaculture industry. Applications from EU and non-EU candidates are welcome – the programme is aimed at students from all over the world. How to Apply If you are interested in applying for a place on the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society, you must study our page covering eligibility requirements. If you meet the requirements, then please follow the process below. If you are unsure or have any questions, contact us at To apply for a place on the programmme, you will need to download and complete in full TWO application forms. Both forms must be completed in English and then emailed, along with all supporting documents, as a single PDF file to Helen Bury at Please note that there is no separate application process for the Erasmus Mundus JMD scholarships. If you obtained your degree from a university or institution from outside the United Kingdom, we will normally accept the equivalent qualification from a recognised university. If you are uncertain about whether your qualification(s) and/or experience are equivalent to or meet the requirements of the EM JMD ACES programme, please contact us at The following documents should be emailed as a single PDF file: Completed EM JMD ACES-Application-Form-2017 (in Microsoft Word) in English, including a 350-word statement of motivation and 350-word essay reflecting on your professional experience and understanding of the issue facing the aquaculture industry; Completed UHI Application 2016 -Web (applicable for ALL students, including European). This is a standard UHI application form, which needs to be completed in English. However, for the Course Details section please insert UHI-SAMS; and please leave blank the Personal Statement in this form as this information will be included in the EM JMD ACES application form above; Curriculum vitae (CV) in freestyle format; A professional reference; Copy of your passport; Copy of your degree certificate (plus certified translation into English if applicable); Copy of your transcript of marks (plus certified translation into English if applicable); and Copy of your IELTS certificate which is valid until the end of Sept 2017 (you must have obtained this qualification, with an overall score of 6.5, by the time you apply for the ACES course). Please read the information about statements and references. Certified translations: If any of your documents (e.g. official degree certificate, transcript or professional reference) were not issued in English, then you will need to provide a certified translation that is verified by your university, an official translator, embassy or lawyer. This translation may be checked by the EM JMD ACES admissions team. Misleading translations can lead to the rejection of otherwise eligible and complete applications. Job Homepage Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society (EM JMD ACES Deadline: Non-European and European EM JMD scholarship applications: February 17, 2017 (Intake 3 – Sept 2017 start date) Self-funded applications: June 5, 2017 (intake 3 – Sept 2017 start date). Click here for more details and to apply

Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship $1,600 monthly stipend for masters students, $1,800 monthly stipend for doctoral students. Anticipated 10/2017 ( Previous deadline 10/1/2016 )

Applicants must contact Foundation staff prior to the deadline with a letter that includes an abbreviated proposal. Select applicants will be invited to submit a formal application.

The fellowship supports master's and doctoral research on the management of wildlife populations. The foundation accepts proposals in the areas of animal behavior, biology, botany, conservation education, ecology, genetics, mammalogy, ornithology, parasitology, range science, veterinary pathology, and wildlife and fisheries sciences. The fellowship offers support for one year and may be extended beyond the first year.

Wildlife Research Scholarship Unspecified October 1

Applicant must have a minimum GRE score of 1100 and 3.0 GPA in the last two years of undergraduate or graduate work.
$1,300 per month for full-time M.S. candidates and $1,400 per month for full-time Ph.D. candidates to cover living costs, tuition, fees, and books.
Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Study areas: animal behavior, biology, botany, conservation education, ecology, fisheries science, genetics, mammalogy, ornithology, parasitology, range science, veterinary pathology, wildlife science

SICB Grants-in-Aid of Research Program (GIAR) Unspecified October.

To support graduate students who conduct research in the fields of integrated and comparative biology.

Stanford University - Molecular Imaging Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Stipend, supplies and travel funds.

Anticipated 10/2017 ( Previous deadline 10/3/2016 )

Fellowships support postdoctoral scholars through an integrated, three-year cross-disciplinary training program at Stanford University that brings together 33 faculty mentors from 14 departments in the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences. Molecular imaging, the non-invasive monitoring of specific molecular and biochemical processes in living organisms, continues to expand its applications in the detection and management of cancer. SMIS faculty mentors provide a diverse training environment spanning biology, physics, mathematics, biocomputation/biomedical informatics, engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, cancer biology, immunology, and medical sciences. Fellows conduct innovative molecular imaging research that is co-mentored by faculty in complementary disciplines. Fellows also engage in specialized coursework, seminars, national conferences, clinical rounds, including ethics training and the responsible conduct of research. The fellowship offers support for three years.

California Sea Grant State Fellow Program Unspecified October 6

Applicant must be a graduate student with a degree in a marine-related field at a California university. Applicants must demonstrate interest and experience in both marine science and public policy.
Stipend of $3,166 per month for 12 months.
Study areas: Marine resources