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Fellowships for Faculty in the Sciences

AFAR Research Grants AFAR launched a new program of multi-disciplinary fellowships focused on a wide spectrum of issues related to the global impact of aging populations. The Clarence Pearson Fellowship in Public Health and Aging program was first introduced in 2015 to provide future leaders in public health, communications and related academic fields with exposure to a range of policy, administration, research, and engagement opportunities to better serve the growing older population.
American Museum of Natural History Research Fellows The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and our Richard Gilder Graduate School (RGGS) are leaders in the education and training of young scientists in the natural history disciplines represented in this institution.  Fellowships and research grants programs provide training across these disciplines, including comparative biology and the fields of anthropology, invertebrate zoology, paleontology, physical sciences (astrophysics and earth and planetary sciences), and vertebrate zoology.
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology The ASBMB recognizes exceptional scientists with a range of prestigious awards, grants and fellowships. The society provides these opportunities to scientists at all career stages throughout the year.
Beckman Young Investigators The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.
Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $100,000.
The Einstein Fellowship The Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation are offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. The purpose of the fellowship is to support those who, in addition to producing superb work in their area of specialization, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches – following the example set by Albert Einstein.
Jurassic Foundation Students, postdoctoral researchers, and other scientists with limited funding opportunities may apply to the Jurassic Foundation for grants to undertake research on any aspect of dinosaur paleontology (e.g., field exploration, fossil preparation or conservation, morphology, taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, evolution, paleobiology, paleoecology, paleobiogeography, taphonomy, and other research areas).
National Academies of Science Engineering Medicine The NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  In the NRC Research Associateship Programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among a large group of Research Opportunities available through this website.
Department of Energy The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship offers candidates an opportunity to learn about the federal government and its role in advancing renewable energy with the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C. Participants will use their expertise to support solar energy research and development by guiding strategy, designing funding programs, and managing SETO-funded projects in the following areas:
Searle Scholars Program The Searle Scholars Program Scientific Advisory Board is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time. The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. (Institutional Nomination Required to Apply)
Sloan Research Fellowships The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.
Smithsonian Fellowships The Smithsonian Institution encourages access to its research staff, collections, and reference materials by visiting scholars, scientists, and students. The Institution offers appointments for research and study using its collections, facilities, with the advice and guidance of its research staff members. These appointments enable qualified persons to make use of Smithsonian resources in pursuing studies related to research interests of the Institution and its staff. Appointments vary in duration, and many carry financial support.
ETS Research Visiting Scholars The ETS programs seek applicants who wish to collaborate with ETS team members to carry out innovative and impactful R&D projects aligned with ETS’s mission.  ETS values candidates with diverse experiences and encourages all who are eligible to apply. We’re especially interested in applications from students from underrepresented groups and backgrounds.
ORAU, Oak Ridge Associated Universities ORISE connects the most talented and diverse college students, recent graduates, postdocs, and faculty to STEM internship and fellowship programs closely aligned with the interests of a variety of research facilities, including those managed for the U.S. Department of Energy and more than a dozen other federal agencies. These STEM internship and fellowship programs are key to the recruitment and preparation of the next generation of our nation’s scientific workforce.
UNESCO Fellowship Fellowships are an effective modality for UNESCO to enhance the human resources and capacity-building of Member States, especially developing countries. Fellowships are specially tailored training which are designed to give qualified persons practicing or intending to practice a profession in the field of the UNESCO program priorities an opportunity to receive additional and practical training, thus contributing to the advancement and circulation of knowledge and skill promoting development and international understanding.
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