The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellowships for the 2024-2025 cycle offer an exceptional opportunity for early-career scientists aiming to pursue groundbreaking research in the life sciences. These fully funded fellowships are designed to support postdoctoral researchers who wish to expand their horizons by engaging in pioneering, potentially high-risk research across disciplinary boundaries. The fellowship emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary approaches and encourages applications that propose innovative research projects.
The HFSP fellowship program is open to researchers planning to conduct their postdoctoral studies in a host institution located in one of the eligible countries, which include but are not limited to Australia, Canada, European Union member states, Japan, and the United States. The program aims to facilitate international collaboration by encouraging fellows to work in a country different from where they obtained their Ph.D.
HFSP Fellowships are available to researchers in the field of life sciences, including but not limited to biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, and computer sciences. Two types of fellowships are offered: Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline seeking to broaden their expertise in the life sciences, and Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) for those with a Ph.D. from outside the life sciences aiming to transition into biological research.
The HFSP Fellowships provide a comprehensive package including a living allowance and additional allowances for research, travel, child care, parental leave, and relocation. The exact amount of the fellowship varies, offering substantial financial support to cover the various costs associated with postdoctoral research abroad.
To be eligible for the HFSP Postdoctoral Fellowships, applicants must propose to work in a country different from their Ph.D. or first postdoctoral work country. They should hold or be about to obtain a research doctorate (Ph.D.) or a comparable doctoral-level degree. A lead author publication in a peer-reviewed journal or preprint server, written in English, is required. The fellowship encourages applications from individuals who aim to challenge existing paradigms through novel interdisciplinary research.
The application process for the HFSP Postdoctoral Fellowships consists of two main stages: submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) and, for those invited, submission of a Full Proposal. The LOI must be submitted by May 11, 2024, detailing the proposed research project, applicant's CV, and information on the proposed host supervisor and institution. After peer review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal by September 28, 2024. The Full Proposal should include a detailed research plan, reasons for the proposed project's significance, and how it represents a new direction for the applicant and the host lab. Applications must be completed through the HFSP portal following the specified deadlines.