HFSP Postdoctoral Fellowships: Long-Term Fellowships (LTF)

Human Frontier Science Program

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Aug 8, 2020 4:00am PDT (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 22, 2020 4:00am PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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NOTE: The deadline for the fellowship application initiation is the 'pre-proposal' deadline above. The deadline for fellowship application submission is the 'full proposal' deadline

The Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) supports innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems, with emphasis placed on novel approaches that cross disciplinary boundaries. Biological research has become increasingly quantitative through the participation of scientists from biophysics, physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics and nanoscience. Such collaborations have led to new approaches for understanding the complex structures and regulatory networks that characterize the evolution and interactions of organisms and biological systems.

HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country. HFSP fellowships are for three years. Fellows may choose to stay for up to three years in the host country or use the last year of their fellowship to return to their home country or to move to another HFSPO member country.

Long Term Fellowships

Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline, who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work.

Read the full Application Guidelines for Long-Term Fellowships for complete information.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Degree Requirements & Timeline:
    • A research doctorate (Ph.D.) or a doctoral-level degree comparable to a Ph.D. with equivalent experience in basic research (e.g. a research based M.D. or medical Ph.D.) must be conferred by the start of the fellowship.
    • It is not required at the time of submission.
    • By “conferred degree” we mean you have received your diploma for the degree. The “conferral date” is the date on the official Ph.D. document.

    • If PhD awarded: The degree must have been conferred in the 3 years prior to the submission deadline, i.e. between 1 September of 3 years prior and 25 August deadline.

    • If PhD not yet awarded: The Ph.D. must be conferred by 31 December of the year following application year at the latest.

    • The applicant must either be the single author, first author or joint first author.

  • Geographic requirements:
    • A candidate who is not a national from one of the HFSPO supporting countries (see list below) may apply to work only in a research institution in one of the supporting countries.
    • A candidate who is a national of one of the supporting countries can apply to work in a research institution in any country.
      • HFSPO Supporting countries:
        Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus (EU part only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America
    • For those going to institutions that are classified as extraterritorial such as the EMBL (Grenoble/France, Heidelberg/Germany, Hinxton, UK or Monterotondo/Italy), ICPT or ICGEB (both in Trieste/Italy), Max Planck Institutes (Jupiter/Florida or Nijmegen/The Netherlands), the country in which the laboratory is located will be considered the host country.
  • Additional requirements:
    • Applicants must have at least one lead author, full-length research paper - either accepted for publication, in press or published - in an international peer-reviewed journal by 25 August deadline in order to be eligible.
    • projects can range from biological functions at the molecular and cellular level up to the biological systems level, including cognitive functions. All levels of analysis are supported:
      • studies on genes and individual molecules
      • intracellular networks
      • intercellular associations in tissues and organ
      • networks underlying complex functions of entire organisms, populations, or ecosystems.


  • Applicants who started to work in the proposed host institution or host country prior to 1 April of application year are not eligible.

  • Applicants who on 1 April of the year following application year (which is the earliest possible fellowship start date) have spent more than 12 months (consecutive or not) in the proposed host country are not eligible.

    • The combined duration of all research-related stays in the host country (e.g., collaboration, visiting scientist, research position -technician, etc.- or Master’s/Ph.D work…) is taken into account.

  • Applicants who on 1 April of the year following application year have spent more than 12 months (consecutive or not) with their proposed host supervisor are not eligible, even in case the host supervisor relocated to another country

  • Applicants cannot propose to return to an institution where they have worked in the past if they plan to pursue the same or a similar project.

  • Applicants cannot propose to work with:

    • former scientific collaborators

    • former research supervisors

    • any other scientist with whom the applicant has worked or published

  • Applicants cannot propose to take up the HFSP fellowship in the country where they obtained their Ph.D., even if the applicant is not a national of that country

  • Applications to move from one laboratory to another in the same country are not eligible.

  • A candidate cannot apply to go to the country of which he/she is a national, even if pre- or postdoctoral studies were completed abroad or the Ph.D. was obtained in another country.

    • Candidates with dual nationalities are allowed to apply to work in a research institution in one of the countries for which they have a dual nationality provided they have never lived or studied in this country, or they have left this country during their early childhood.

    • Any exceptions will need to be approved by the Fellowship Office prior to applying.

  • Applications to work in a for-profit research environment are not eligible.

  • An applicant cannot submit more than one HFSP fellowship application in a competition year.

  • Former Long-Term or Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship awardees cannot apply for a second HFSP fellowship.

  • HFSPO does not support:  

    • Routine projects where the applicant’s contribution is not intellectually challenging (e.g., high throughput technology or screens without investigating a fundamental biological problem)

    • Applied research in a clinical or pharmaceutical (translational) context, in engineering, biotechnology, or nanotechnology

    • Clinical and pharmaceutical research related to a disease or to alleviate a medical condition (e.g., developing methods of treatment and diagnosis, searching and testing potential drug candidates or drug targets, advanced trials of drugs under development)

    • Environmental research directly concerned with agricultural issues (e.g., crop yield, breeding, food quality), environmental problems (e.g., pollution, bioremediation, monitoring)

    • Ecological projects to discover new species or to monitor and survey protected habitats,

    • Observational studies unless they address a specific biological question (typically cellular or molecular).

  • Host supervisors can endorse only one application (LTF or CDF) per competition.