Life Sciences Research Foundation: Fellowships

Life Sciences Research Foundation

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Grant amount: US $180,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 1, 2020 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 5 years of receiving their PhD

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Since 1983, the Life Sciences Research Foundation (LSRF) has funded nearly 500 outstanding postdoctoral fellows in all areas of the life sciences, and raised more than $50 million from generous industries, foundations and individuals to support this effort.

We believe that discoveries and application of innovations in biology for the public's good depends upon the training and support of the highest quality young scientists. Every year our selection committee of renowned scientists identify the top 5% of applicants from an international pool of more than 1000 postdoctoral applicants. Once chosen, the LSRF collaborates with current and potential sponsors to match them with fellows with similar research interests. In 2015, thirty of these remarkable young scientists were matched with sponsors to support their research. Yet even now many excellent scientists remain unfunded.

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


  • The Fellowship is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.
    • U.S. citizens are eligible to work in any geographic location while holding an LSRF fellowship. 
    • Non-U.S. citizens must work in a U.S. laboratory to be eligible for an LSRF fellowship.
  • $50,000/year is for the fellow's stipend/salary and the remaining $10,000/year is a research allowance for the fellow.
    • The research allowance is to be used for laboratory research supplies, scientific meeting registration and travel expenses (including the LSRF Annual Meeting), small equipment (including computer workstations, a laptop, printer) and up to $2,000/year may be applied toward the fellow's out-of-pocket health care costs.


  • No indirect or overhead costs may be charged to the fellowship. 
  • Individuals who have held a PhD or MD degree for more than 5 years at the time of application are not eligible for an LSRF fellowship.
  • Individuals who are remaining in their thesis labs to do postdoctoral research are not eligible for an LSRF fellowship.
  • Individuals intending to remain in their thesis labs to complete their proposed LSRF postdoctoral research project are not eligible for an LSRF fellowship. You must complete your LSRF research project in a different lab. Working as a postdoc in your thesis lab for a brief period before moving to your new postdoc lab is acceptable.