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ABE Fellowship Program

The Abe Fellowship Program encourages international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program fosters the development of a new generation of researchers interested in policy-relevant topics and willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network. In partnership with the SSRC, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) established the Abe Fellowship Program as its flagship program in 1991. The Abe Fellowship Program now includes three core elements: the Abe Fellowship, the Abe Fellowship for Journalists, and the CGP-SSRC Policy Forum.

Founded through the efforts of Shintaro Abe, former Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, the mission of CGP is: to promote collaboration between Japan and the U.S. with the goal of fulfilling shared global responsibility and contributing to improvements in the world’s welfare; and to enhance dialogue and interchange between Japanese and U.S. citizens on a wide range of issues, thereby improving bilateral relations.

The Abe Fellowship Program achieves these goals by supporting high-quality research, building collaborative networks, promoting transnational lines of inquiry, and ensuring that the results of this research reach a wide group of policy makers and the public at large.

American Council of Learned Societies

Fellowships for recent humanities Ph.D. recipients will place 13 recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. The program, made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.

Applications must have received their degrees in the last three years and aspire to careers in administration, mangement and public service by choice rather than circumstance.

ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. In 2011, it gave nearly $15 million in fellowship stipends and other awards to 350 scholars in the United States and abroad.

American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society Congressional Science Fellowship

The American Institute of Physics in cooperation with the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) sponsors scientists to spend a year providing analytical expertise and scientific advice to Congress.

The program enables scientists to broaden their experience through direct involvement with the legislative and policy processes.

Fellows gain a perspective which, ideally, will enhance not only their own careers but also the physics community’s ability to more effectively communicate with its representatives in Congress.

Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Academic Diversity

The Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, faculty mentoring, and eligibility for a hiring incentive to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California.

Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship

The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research (CICOR) at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution acts a link to harness the scientific and technical expertise at WHOI in service to the missions and goals of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). More specifically, CICOR catalyzes collaborations between NOAA and WHOI on research on the ocean’s role in climate, the coastal ocean, and marine ecosystems. CICOR also provides access for NOAA projects to use WHOI facilities, including research vessels, and manned and unmanned underwater vehicles. CICOR strengthens relationships between the two institutions that have been forged over decades by many WHOI scientists and technicians who have worked with NOAA researchers.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship
(Department of Energy)

The objective of the EERE Postdoctoral Fellowships is to create the next generation of scientific leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy by attracting the best scientists and engineers to pursue breakthrough technologies in a highly prestigious postdoctoral research program. To meet this objective, EERE Fellows will have access to unique education and training opportunities, top scientists in their field, and state-of-the-art projects and equipment. As a result, innovative technologies will be developed that will have a real impact on the economy by providing energy efficient and affordable technologies; in the environment by providing clean energy technologies; and in the quality of life for all Americans by enhancing their energy choices.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

For information regarding level-specific eligibility requirements, stipends, and other program information for each of the three levels of the Fellowship program, please access the fact sheet for the program level of your interest, predoctoral, dissertation or postdoctoral.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University Postdoctoral Fellowships Scheme

In keeping with its mission of accommodating the ever-changing demands of industry, commerce and the community, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University accords great importance to carrying out a broad portfolio of research activities that emphasises applied research of relevance and significance to the professions.

A variety of selected research areas can be pursued under the wide spectrum of disciplines of various academic departments/schools in the University, enhanced by the breadth and depth of expertise embodied in its academic staff.

To support the strength of its research programmes, the University has established a range of research posts.  The Postdoctoral Fellowship is one of the most prestigious research posts.

Humboldt Research Fellowships

We promote academic coopereation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.

  • Our research fellowships and research awards allow you to come to Germany to work on a research project you have chosen yourself together with a host and collaborative partner.
  • If you are a scientist or scholar from Germany you can profit from our support and carry out a research project abroad as a guest of one of more than 25,000 Humboldt Foundation alumni worldwide - the Humboldtians.
  • As an intermediary organisation for German foreign cultural and educational policy we promote international cultural dialogue and academic exchange.
Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program
Library Company of Philadelphia

The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will jointly award approximately twenty-five one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during the academic year 2012-2013. These two independent research libraries, adjacent to each other in Center City Philadelphia, have complementary collections capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world from the 17th through the 19th centuries, as well as Mid-Atlantic regional history to the present.

Michigan Society of Fellows
(Humanities, arts, social, physical and life sciences)

The Michigan Society of Fellows, under the auspices of the Rackham Graduate School, was established in 1970 with endowment grants from the Ford Foundation and the Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds. Each year the Society selects four outstanding applicants for appointment to three-year fellowships in the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professional schools.

In 2007 the Mellon Foundation awarded a grant to add four Mellon Fellows annually in the humanities, expanding the number of fellowships awarded each year from four to eight. The newly appointed Postdoctoral Fellows join a unique interdisciplinary community composed of their peers as well as the Senior Fellows of the Society, who include many of the University’s leading scholars. Alumni Fellows of the Society have gone on to become distinguished scholars at institutions around the world. The Chair of the Society is Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan.

Mitchell Scholarships - Post-graduate study at school in Ireland
(Any Discipline)

The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

National Academy of Education

The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports 30 early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. These $70,000 fellowships support non-residential postdoctoral proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members.

Navy Research Postdoctoral

sponsors a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at a number of Naval R D centers and laboratories. The program is designed to significantly increase the involvement of creative and highly trained scientists and engineers from academia and industry to scientific and technical areas of interest and relevance to the Navy.

The NRL Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides approximately forty (40) new postdoctoral appointments per year. Fellows are competitively selected on the basis of their overall qualifications and technical proposals addressing specific areas defined by the host Navy laboratories. The selected participants will work in a unique Navy laboratory environment, while interacting with senior laboratory scientists and engineers.

Rockefeller Foundation Resident Fellowships in the Humanities

Through grantmaking, the Rockefeller Foundation works to spread the benefits of globalization to more people in more places around the world. The Foundation is a proactive grantmaker. We seek out opportunities to fund work that addresses the Foundation’s areas of focus and contributes to one or more of our initiatives, rather than simply reacting to unsolicited proposals. Only proposals that fall within the Foundation’s initiatives are considered.

The Rockefeller Foundation does not give or lend money for personal aid to individuals, or, except in rare cases, provide general institutional funding, contribute to endowments, or support building or operating funds.

If you have reviewed the descriptions of our work and have a project that fits within one or more of our initiatives, you are welcome to submit a funding inquiry here.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships
US Institute of Peace: Senior Fellowships

The Jennings Randolph (JR) Senior Fellowship Program provides scholars, policy analysts, policymakers, and other experts with opportunities to spend time in residence at the Institute, reflecting and writing on pressing international peace and security challenges. The Institute awards between 8 and 12 Fellowships per year.

Senior Fellowships generally last for ten months, starting in October.  Shorter-term fellowships are also available.  Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.

USDA Agricultural Research Service
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has established a Postdoctoral Research Program. This program will serve as the next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers interested in agricultural related research. Research opportunities are full-time for normally one year and may be renewed for up to four additional years upon recommendation of the ARS. Eligible applicants will have received a doctorate degree in an appropriate discipline within five years of the desired starting date.

ARS research is organized into National Programs that serve to bring coordination, communication, and empowerment to 800 research projects carried out by ARS in approximately 90 locations in most states. The National Programs are grouped into four main areas of focus:
* Nutrition, Food Safety and Quality
* Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems
* Animal Production and Protection
* Crop Production and Protection
U.S. Department of Energy- Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Solar research opportunities for recent Ph.D. graduates

The SunShot Postdoctoral Research Awards support innovative solar research by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied R&D at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.

Award Highlights:

  • Yearly stipend with two years of support
  • Research and travel allowance
  • Health insurance
  • Relocation allowance


  • U.S. Citizenship or lawful permanent resident status
  • Economics, Social Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, and Chemistry are just a few of the disciplines that may apply
  • Have a Ph.D. for no more than five years
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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