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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.
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 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.
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.
Visithttp://www.virginia.edu/sponsoredprograms/for 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 http://www.virginia.edu/sponsoredprograms/SOMNEWGOLDENROD.doc
UVa post doc “fast fact” sheet: http://www.virginia.edu/vprgs/postdoc/docs/FastFacts.pdf
UVa. Post Doc Enhancement, Language Assistance:
National Post Doc Association: http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/site/c.eoJMIWOBIrH/b.1388059/k.DBBE/NPA_Home.htm
For questions regarding post-doctoral issues, please contact 243.4014 or postdoc-at-virginia.edu
All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on <http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm>
You do not have to register with Grants.gov 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 http://www07.grants.gov/search/basic.do
Search by keyword, Funding Opportunity Number (FON) or Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number.
Browse by Category http://www07.grants.gov/search/category.do
Search by a variety of categories of funding activities.
Browse by Agency
Search from a list of agencies offering grant opportunities.
Advanced Search http://www07.grants.gov/search/advanced.do
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.
CONTACTSIrwin ForsethBIOTheory@nsf.gov(703) 292-8413
Anne-Francoise LamblinBIOTheory@nsf.gov(703) 292-8470
Kamal ShuklaBioTheory@nsf.gov(703) 292-7131655S
Saran TwomblyBIOTheory@nsf.gov(703) 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.
CONTACTSEve Barakebarak@nsf.gov(703) 292-7113655 S
John C. Rogersjrogers@nsf.gov(703) 292-7139655 S
Loverine Taylorltaylor@nsf.gov(703) 292-7110655 S LaJoyce Debroldebro@nsf.gov(703) 292-7135655 S
Apply to PD 04-1114 as follows:http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12772&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund
For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at:http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf)
DUE DATESFull Proposal Target Date: January 12, 2009
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 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
Life Sciences Research Foundation
National Neurofibromatosis Foundation
Young Investigator Award
National Research Council Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships
NSF; Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=OISE
Department of Defense