Postdoc positions and fellowships

Organized by fellowship type, and then roughly chronologically by due date. Dates and descriptions are all from 2018, and have likely changed by now.

Portable fellowships

McDonnell foundation fellowship — Usually due in early June

  • Complex Systems, very broadly defined (examples include immunology, etc)

Branco Weiss

  • Need to hold PhD by the application date (January 15)

Intelligence Community Fellowship

  • January 8

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust for finishing PhD research

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Due January 31

California Alliance Any large CA school Caltech Due January 15, all others due in June Need to have a potential postdoc advisor named


Whitehead fellows program

  • rolling nomination process

Harvard Junior Fellows

  • Nominations due August 10 at the latest
  • Both nominations and the final application have to be snail mail

Harvard Swartz center for brain science

Harvard Simons Mathbio center

  • due September 21st, 2018
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Proposal (up to 5 pages)
  • Summary of previous research accomplishments

2018 Princeton/CUNY Center Fellows Competition

  • September 15, will contact references after application

Berkeley Miller Fellowships

  • need a named host
  • Nominations due September 10

LBL Luis Alvarez Fellowship in Computing Sciences at LBL

  • Due in November

Cornell presidential fellows October 1

MIT Pappalardo / PLS

  • Nominations due in September 10
  • Letters/application due October 4

Center for mind, brains, etc at MIT

  • Likely need a named host

Princeton Center for Theoretical Science

  • October 15

Princeton Dicke fellows

  • Experimental sciences

NSF Postdoctoral fellowships in Biology and Mathematics

  • October 17
  • Need a carefully-formatted research proposal, as well as a non-private letter from a named mentor

SFI fellowships

  • Due end of October
  • Statement of research interests (max. 2 pages) including a short description of the research you would like to pursue and why. 
  • Description of interest in SFI (max. 1 page) that describes your potential contribution to the SFI community and also explains the potential impact of SFI on your research. Consider addressing one or more of the following: What kind of input from other fields would most improve your future research? What type of multidisciplinary workshop might you want to organize during your Fellowship? What aspects of your present or future research are difficult to pursue in a traditional academic environment? 
  • Three letters of recommendation from scholars who know your work. (The letters should be sent independently of the application. When you complete the online application, please be prepared to provide e-mail addresses of the three individuals who will recommend you. SFI will contact them directly with instructions for submitting letters.) 

Truman fellowship at Sandia national labs

  • November 1

Luis Alvarez Postdoctoral fellow at LBL

  • November 2
  • Requires: CV/Resume, Cover Letter, Research Statement, Publications List

Caltech Burke Fellows due in November 15

  • Theoretical physics

KITP / UCSB due in November 18

  • Cover Letter(s) (optional)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement
  • Publication List
  • Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at this site November 30

  • Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, a research statement and three letters of recommendation by November 30, 2018 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Fellow Fellows at the Center for Studies in Physics and Biology: December 2018

John Harvard Fellows

  • Due November 31


  • Computing+math postdocs are the way to go
  • DOLCIT, CMI, Von Karman Postdoctoral Fellowship: December 1-15, 2018
  • A CV, a Research Statement, and three reference letters (up to a maximum of five) are required. A cover letter and a Teaching Statement are optional.

MIT Math Instructorship December 1, 2018

Ford Fellowship

  • Due December 6

Institute for Advanced Studies need to write a special email for bio

  • November 15

Harvard Data Science Fellows

  • Due December 4
  • A cover letter that identifies up to five (and at least two) Harvard faculty members with whom the applicant would like to work.
  •  A statement of research interests of up to three pages that succinctly describes the applicant’s research interests. The statement should explain the importance and potential impact of this research.  
  • Names and contact information for at least two and up to five references (the application is complete only when all letters of reference have been submitted). Referees will be provided with a link to the submission portal. 

Harvard Rubin Theoretical CS fellowship

  • Due December 3 Required application documents include a cover letter, cv, a statement of research interests, and up to three representative papers. Candidates are also required to submit the names and contact information for at least three and up to five references, and the application is complete only when three letters have been submitted. Applicants for the CRCS Postdoctoral Fellowship should describe what appeals to you about joining CRCS and describe how you would contribute to the existing community in your cover letter.

  • Simons Computing Fellow
  • Due in December
  • These are short-term “visiting” fellowships

UCSF Sandler fellows 5-year faculty transition program Due March 5 Appears more biomedicine-oriented

Princeton Lewis Sigler fellows

Harvard George F. Carrier Fellowship Deadline in mid-fall, previous round it was November 1, 2017


  • Computer science
  • Due December

Harvard IACS Fellow

  • Due in December or May the year before

Broad institute fellows

Rowland fellows

  • Due August

Sackler fellow at University of Washington

EMBO Long term fellows

  • Due in February and August

Oxford fellowships

Corporate positions

Google DeepMind

  • October 30

Google Brain Residency

  • Due in early January

DE Shaw research Computational biophysics

Facebook Research

  • rolling

LBL: Lawrence Berkeley postdoctoral fellows in applied mathematics

Genentech has applied math postdoc positions

  • rolling


  • rolling

Microsoft Research

IBM Goldstine Fellowship (Yorktown)