Funding Resources

Finding funding for your postdoctoral training can be a long and time consuming process. In order to find opportunities that meet your needs, you will have to devote some time and effort to searching for the appropriate opportunities. Please be aware that each and every granting agency has different requirements and eligibility, so please read carefully. Some opportunities are only for U.S. citizens, others for citizens and permanent residents and others may only be available to those in their early years of training. Once you decide to submit for a fellowship, please check with your department administrator to see if there are any WU requirements or signatures necessary for your submission.

There are a variety of resources available at WU to help you find funding:

The Research at Washington University in St. Louis website has links to many of the most widely used funding databases - click on "Funding Resources" on the homepage. (To access some links, you must be on the WU network because a subscription is required.) This site has links to Pivot, one of the most popular and comprehensive sites. In Pivot, postdocs may set up their own profile with a search mechanism containing their specific requirements, such as citizenship. (Note: Only faculty members are allowed to publish their profiles and promote their research.) The Research website also contains links to the GrantsNet database as well as the federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF).

There is also a database for Private Funding Sources for Biomedical Research ( managed by The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations ( (There is also a link to this site from the Research website.) The Development Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations acts as liaison for philanthropic support between the University and corporations and foundations. This Office also manages WU internal competitions for grants. Click on "Funding Sources" to search the database or "How to Seek Funding" for more information. (Note: You must be on the WU network to access this site.)

Specific funding announcements are also announced in the Postdoc Update newsletter.

WU Internal Funding Sources

The majority of internal funding sources is through NIH Training Grants.  Washington University does not have any internal funds for travel awards to attend conferences or meetings, but you can set up a search in the Pivot Funding Database.  Washington University NIH Training Grants (T32s) may have slots available for U.S. Citizens who are training in areas related to the scope of the Training Grants. Please see the list below, or have your faculty mentor contact the Director of the training grant to see if slots are available.  (This is not a complete list of all TGs at Washington University.)

The W. M. Keck Postdoctoral Program in Molecular Medicine at Washington University is administered by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS). The Keck Fellowship provides stipend support ($45,000 in 2016) for one year to postdocs who are U.S. citizens with less than 2 years of postdoctoral experience. The postdoc's faculty mentor must also be a member of DBBS. The Call for Nominations is sent to DBBS Faculty every March with an April deadline. Selections are made in May, and the monies are available on July 1st.

The Hope Center for Neurological Disorders at Washington University administers the Hope Center Fellowship Award program. The Hope Center studies diseases of the brain and spinal cord such as ALS, Alzheimer's disease, brain and spinal injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and stroke. Please visit their website at for eligibility requirements and application instructions.

The Annual James L. O’Leary Prizes for Research in Neuroscience

Two prizes of $1000 each will be awarded for the most original and important accomplishments in neuroscience research by a predoctoral or postdoctoral fellow. Current Washington University predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and residents are invited to submit a summary of their work to Dr. Chris Weihl. The summary should include a title page indicating the applicant's name, preceptor, campus box, telephone number, email address and status (e.g. graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, resident). The summary itself should begin with a 250 word abstract and be no longer than 5 double spaced pages, size 11 font, including figures but no references. A separate listing of no more than 10 references is allowed. In addition, a letter from the applicant’s preceptor attesting to the contents of the summary should accompany the submission. A letter of recommendation is not needed; just attestation to the work. All work to be considered for the prizes must have been carried out by the applicant while a student, resident, or fellow at Washington University. From the submitted summaries the Selection Committee will choose those to be presented at the O’Leary Prize program. The prizes will be presented at the Annual Symposium on Translational Neuroscience featuring the George H. Bishop and Hope Center Lectures.

Summaries are usually due early to mid February, the O'Leary Prize program is usually in late March and the Symposium is usually in late April.  For more information, please visit the websites: or

Travel Awards


The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs does not have any funds for travel awards. 


Other funding resources or information:

NIH All About Grants Podcast: 

Electronic Funding Resources: Postdoc Fellowships and Professional Opportunities
(created by the Office of Sponsored Research Services, 9/2014)

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