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Postdoctoral Scholars

Hardship Fund for Postdoctoral Scholars

How it Works
The Financial Hardship Fund offers financial assistance to postdoctoral scholars to help offset the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to postdocs most impacted by the Bay Area living costs.  

The fund offers grants of up to $5,000 (subject to fund availability) per household per academic year (September 1 – August 31) to postdoctoral scholars who meet the eligibility criteria.  Each case is considered on its own merit and the applicant’s income and assets are evaluated to determine the grant amount.  These awards are grants and do not need to be repaid.  The award is taxable income* and grant participants will need to comply with IRS guidelines.

*Please consult a professional tax advisor to discuss whether taxes withheld from a grant can be refunded to you when you file your annual tax return.

Who is Eligible
To be eligible for the Postdoctoral Financial Hardship Fund, the applicant must be a postdoctoral scholar in good standing, appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, with an appointment end date at least 90-days from the Hardship Fund application deadline.  
(J-1 visa holders must review their financial needs with an International Scholar advisor at the Bechtel International Center before submitting an application.) 

The Financial Hardship Fund requires that the applicant household adjusted gross income and assets be below the following levels. However, all exceptional cases may be considered (e.g., single-parent households, major unforeseen circumstances, etc.):




< $55,000


< $63,000


< $110,000


< $130,000

How to Apply

Deadlines: Feb. 6, 2017 and July 2017 (TBD)

Please submit an application online at (application only displays when application period is open).

Grant Notification

Applicants will be notified by The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs of their application status via email eight weeks after the application deadline and any/all relevant materials have been submitted.


Please go to to submit your question by selecting "Request Category: Central Office Issues" and "Request Type: Postdoctoral Affairs" and our office will respond directly to you.

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