Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists Program Overview

The Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists are two-year fellowships for young scientists, fresh from their Ph.D. training, to study at major research institutions. 

This program grants $120,000 over two years. This consists of $55,000 annually (to be used as salary) as well as a $5,000 annual research allowance to be used at the Fellow's discretion, with sponsor/mentor approval, to pay for items such as books, training courses, travel costs (up to $2,000) or a computer. There is no provision for the deduction of postdoctoral taxes, institutional overhead or fees. We may approve $3,000 of the research allowance to defray the health insurance costs paid by the Fellow if the Fellow sends a written request.

Eligibility & Restrictions

The applicant must be within five years of receiving his or her Ph.D. at the time the award starts, and must name an individual who will serve as his or her research mentor and supervisor. This program is open to both national and international applicants. If awarded, a Postdoctoral Fellow must commit 90 percent of his or her effort to the Parkinson's Foundation-funded project.

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Clinical Neurologists Program Overview

For young clinicians who have completed their neurology residency and are seeking clinical research experience, the Parkinson's Foundation offers the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Clinical Neurologists, two-year awards in the amount of $140,000. This award includes salary support of $65,000 per year.

Similar to the Fellowship for Basic Scientists, the Fellow, with the approval of the mentor, may use an additional research allowance of $5,000 per year to pay for such items as books, training courses, travel costs (up to $2,000) or a computer. There is no provision for the deduction of postdoctoral taxes, institutional overhead or fees. However, if the Fellow sends a written request, we may approve up to $3,000 of the research allowance to defray the cost of health insurance paid by the Fellow.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Applicants seeking a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Neurologists must possess an M.D. or equivalent and be within three years of having completed a residency in neurology at the time the award starts. Applicants may not have their own lab and must name an individual who will serve as his or her mentor and supervisor of their research. This program is open to national and international applicants. If awarded, we require a Clinical Fellow to commit 80 percent of his or her effort to the Parkinson's Foundation-funded project.

Applying

The Parkinson's Foundation application process is highly competitive and only five percent of all proposals receive funding. To make the process more efficient for both applicants and reviewers, we require a two-step application. Initially, we ask applicants to send a letter of Intent. If selected by reviewers, the applicant can proceed to submit a full proposal.

You must submit the application online; we will not accept paper copies. The Parkinson's Foundation will only consider funding applicants who submit intent letters by the specified deadline. We will notify applicants invited to submit a full proposal at least six weeks prior to the full application deadline. Please browse current grant deadlines here

Review & Decisions

We peer-review and competitively rank all proposals based upon scientific merit and impact upon Parkinson's disease. Expect final decisions by mid-April. We typically begin first-year funding June 1 and end it May 31 the following year.

Reporting Requirements

We require applicants who successfully receive Parkinson's Foundation research funding to identify the foundation as a source of support in all published works and presentations. Forward a copy of any such papers to grants@parkinson.org.

The Parkinson's Foundation also requires fellowship recipients to account for all expenditures.

Should researchers want to file a consecutive fellowship application, a preliminary report of the current research is due along with the new application.

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