HFSP — Postdoctoral Fellowships


The HFSP fellowship program supports proposals for frontier, potentially transformative research in the life sciences. Applications for high-risk projects are particularly encouraged.

The projects should be interdisciplinary in nature and should challenge existing paradigms by using novel approaches and techniques. Scientifically, they should address an important problem or a barrier to progress in the field.

HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country.

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A research doctorate (PhD) or a doctoral-level degree comparable to a PhD with equivalent experience in basic research (e.g. a research based MD or medical PhD) must be conferred by the start of the fellowship. It is not required at the time of submission. By conferred degree” we mean you have received your diploma for the degree. The conferral date” is the date on the official PhD document. Please refer to the application guidelines for information in case you were not yet awarded the PhD.

To Apply

There is only one competition per year for HFSP fellowships.

Instructions for filling in the online application form are
available for applicants, host supervisors and referees.

Before applying please read carefully the 2021 fellowship application guidelines which list the eligibility criteria. Should you have any question as to your eligibility, please contact the fellowship office at fellow@​hfsp.​org .

Applications must be submitted via the HFSP website at https://​extranet​.hfsp​.org.

Only the online application form is required at the time of application. No further documents (acceptance of host institution, signatures, etc.) are requested or accepted at this stage.

After submission of their application, applicants will be able to update their publication list via the HFSP extranet site until the end of November.

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