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PRISM: Fellowships and Funding

Among the many fellowships and funding opportunities available to postdocs at Stanford, the following may be of particular interest to PRISM candidates and their mentors.

Stanford Science Fellows

As independent postdoctoral scholars, Stanford Science Fellows have opportunities to work with multiple faculty and use facilities within Stanford’s Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Earth, as well as at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
The fellowship includes close contact with a committee of dedicated Stanford faculty, community-building activities, and professional and career development opportunities.


NIH Diversity Supplements: PA-18-906

Diversity supplements aim to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postbacs, postdocs, and investigators developing independent projects* from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented to participate in grant supported research. Eligible individuals are US Citizens or Permanent Residents who are underrepresented, including individuals from racial and ethnic groups (such as Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indian/Alaska Natives, NativeHawaiian/Pacific Islanders, and other individuals from racial and ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution), individuals with disabilities, and individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds (more information about socio-economically disadvantaged background criteria).
A wide variety of parent grants are eligible for Diversity Supplements. Applicant eligibility criteria, application timing, etc., varies by Institute and Center; more information can be found here.

Hannah H. Gray

Hannah H. Gray Program Booklet
HHMI Program Announcement
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. The Hannah H. Gray Fellows Program recruits and retains individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, underrepresented groups, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This program supports early career scientists at their critical transition in their academic careers, allowing fellows to change their research focus and follow their curiosity for the duration of the award. The Hanna H. Gray program provides fellows funding for their postdoctoral training through their institute and may continue to receive funding during their early careers as independent faculty. Fellows will become leaders in academic research and inspire future generations of scientists from HHMI’s diverse talent pool.
Stanford’s Grant Writing Academy offers workshops to support Stanford postdocs applying for a Hannah H Gray fellowship.

Ford Foundation Fellowships

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, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

BWF Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.

T-32 Training Grants for Postdocs at Stanford

Stanford has many T-32 training grants with postdoctoral funding available. Please note,  limited to postdoctoral scholars who are US Citizens or Permanent Resdients. 

Other Postdoctoral Funding and Resource lists

Other funding and resources for postdocs who are from backgrounds underrepresented in academia can be found on the Minority Postdoc resources site and on the National Postdoc Association’s diversity page. Funding opportunities for all Stanford postdocs in the biosciences are cataloged in the Research Management Group’s Funding Opportunities list. For assistance with writing an application or more funding opportunities, go to the Stanford OPA Fellowships website.