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University of Virginia Department of Cell Biology Post Doc Resource Guide. 2008. Congratulations on your post doctoral appointment to the UVa. Department of Cell Biology.

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University of Virginia

Department of Cell Biology

Post Doc Resource Guide



Congratulations on your post doctoral appointment to the UVa. Department of Cell Biology.

With the goal of expanding the knowledge of research and providing quality education, this guide is designed to facilitate the successful execution of a post doc fellowship.

What is a the definition of a post doc appointment?

-The appointee was recently awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., Sc.D., M.D.) in an appropriate field

-the appointment is temporary

-the appointment involves full-time research or scholarship

-the appointment is viewed as preparatory for a full-time academic and/or research career

-the appointee works under the supervision of a senior scholar

-the appointee has the freedom, and is expected, to publish the results of his or her research during the period of the appointment.

An important Guide for Research Associates at UVa can be found at:



Eligibility for Fellowship Awards:

Eligibility varies with each fellowship, but most awards are for those who have received their degree within 3-5 years of the time of award. Other programs have fewer restrictions, or none at all.

For most fellowships, US citizenship or permanent residency is required, however, there are funding opportunities available for those who are not US citizens or permanent residents. Check each grant opportunity for eligibility.

Things to Consider:

First it is important to identify appropriate funding sources.

You will need to consider your research interests; the expertise of your mentor and

who funds fellowships in this area of interest?

You need to consider deadline dates; do you have time to prepare and submit a well prepared application? Remember, a well prepared research plan can be used for application to multiple organizations.


Provide time for revision and resubmission. Be persistent, apply early and often. Most of all, don't get discouraged! Even the most generous

programs fund far less than half of the applications they receive.

Please note that some programs have a Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline in advance of the full submission date; in most cases, these LOI deadlines are mandatory.

Also, almost all applications require letters of reference; to reduce complications and delay, arrange to have these completed as early as possible.

UVa. fellowship applications require departmental approval followed by institutional review and signature. The Cell Biology administrative office can help with OSP procedures and authorizations.


Searching for Funding:

UVa. Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

facilitates research and research administration at the University of Virginia and provides a comprehensive service in award administration and regulatory compliance.

Visit detailed information and useful links

For finding grant opportunities, making application, receiving funding etc.

Phone: (434) 924-4270Fax: (434) 982-3096

The Office of Research

has a wealth of useful information about internal and external funding sources including all stages of the grant writing and submission processes with focus on the post doc at:

All funding applications require OSP internal tracking of approvals using the “Golden Rod” form


Important links:

UVa post doc “fast fact” sheet:

UVa. Post Doc Enhancement, Language Assistance:

National Post Doc Association:

For questions regarding post-doctoral issues, please contact 243.4014 or


NIH Grant Opportunities:

All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on <>

You do not have to register with to find grant opportunities. However, once you are ready to apply for a grant, you will need to get registered.

This process takes 3-5 business days. See link below


Basic Search

Search by keyword, Funding Opportunity Number (FON) or Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number.

Browse by Category

Search by a variety of categories of funding activities.

Browse by Agency

Search from a list of agencies offering grant opportunities.


Advanced Search

  • Search by more specific criteria such as funding instrument type, eligibility or sub-agency.
  • Once you find the right grant, access the application package by either:
    • Clicking on the "How to Apply" button in the grant opportunity's synopsis.
    • Entering the Funding Opportunity Number (FON) or Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number on the Download Application Package page at:
  • <>
  • Register now and receive notifications of new grant postings delivered right to your email inbox at:
  • General NIH proposal forms at: <>

National Science Foundation Fellowship Opportunities:

The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering.

NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which approximately 11,000 are funded. In addition, the Foundation receives several thousand applications for graduate and postdoctoral fellowships.

NSF fellowships are designed to provide support for active mentoring of the Fellows by the sponsoring scientists who benefit from having additional lab members. The research and training plan of each fellowship must address important scientific questions in contemporary biology within the scope of the BIO Directorate and the specific guidelines in this fellowship program solicitation. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their careers, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of BIO fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.


Advancing Theory in Biology (ATB)

CONTACTSIrwin 292-8413 

Anne-Francoise 292-8470

Kamal 292-7131655S

Saran 292-8133635.03  

08-513 Announcement Full Proposal Deadline Date:  February 17, 2009

SYNOPSISThe Biological Sciences Directorate invites submission of proposals that advance our conceptual and theoretical understanding of living systems. The Advancing Theory in Biology (ATB) solicitation supports the development of new theoretical approaches that will improve our understanding of fundamental biological principles that integrate phenomena across levels of biological organization.


4. Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)This is the NIH omnibus postdoctoral fellowship funding opportunity announcement supported by NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NCI, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NIEHS, NEI, NIGMS, NHLBI, NHGRI, NIMH, NINDS, NINR, NCRR, and ODS. The objective of this program is to provide support to promising postdoctoral applicants who have the potential to become productive and successful independent research investigators in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

  • The NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offer Minority Postdoctoral ResearchFellowships and related supporting activities in an effort to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in selected areas of science in the U.S.
  • Deadline for Receipt of Fellowship Applications is the first Friday In December
  • For instructions and application visit:

NSF Cellular Systems Cluster

CONTACTSEve 292-7113655 S

John C. 292-7139655 S  

Loverine 292-7110655 S  LaJoyce 292-7135655 S  


Apply to PD 04-1114 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.For full proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

DUE DATESFull Proposal Target Date:  January 12, 2009


Other Post Doc Opportunities:

Ph-RMA Foundation

European Molecular Biology Organization fellowships:

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards for U.S. and International Women Scholars

American Brain Tumor Association

American Cancer Society Grant index

American College of Clinical Pharmacy

American Institute for Cancer research


American-Scandinavian Foundation

American Society for Hypertension

Lymphoma Research Foundation

Parker B. Francis Fellowships in Pulmonary

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation HHWF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Human Frontier Science program

International Agency for Research on Cancer

International Union Against Cancer


Community of Science Funding Alert

Life Sciences Research Foundation

National Neurofibromatosis Foundation

Young Investigator Award

National Research Council Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

for Minorities

NSF; Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)

Department of Defense


European Molecular Biology Organization