Postdoc Funding and Fellowships

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has collated a list of internal and external funding opportunities as well as funds to support postdoc travel to conferences, and seed funding mechanisms across the university designed to fund early-stage research.

Below is specific information about funding information, requirements, eligibility, and application deadlines.

OPA-managed Fellowship Opportunities

Ohio State President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PPSP)

About the Program

The President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PPSP), supported by the Office of the President, was launched in January 2018 to recognize highly qualified postdoctoral trainees who will become leaders in their fields. The program supports the scholarly efforts and training of terminal degree holders (PhD and others), who wish to pursue research and creative inquiry careers in academia, as well as providing professional development and networking opportunities.

Benefits include salary support and full benefits (health insurance, tuition assistance, and paid leave among others) provided by the Office of the President and the scholar’s faculty mentor/sponsor college. PPSP scholars also receive supplementary funds to support research, creative expression, and professional development-related expenses.

Read more about the program, including details about how to apply, eligibility criteria, and required application materials on the PPSP page.

Other Internal Postdoc Fellowship Opportunities at Ohio State

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Discipline - STEM, Climate Science, Glaciology

Citizenship Requirement - None

Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics Postdoctoral Fellowship

Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics Postdoctoral Fellowship

Discipline - Cosmology, Astroparticle Physics, and Astrophysics

Citizenship Requirement - None

The STEAM Factory’s Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Program

Interdisciplinary Post-Doctoral Research Program

Discipline - ALL

Citizenship Requirement - None

Engineering LEGACY Postdoc Scholars Program

LEGACY Postdoc Scholars Program

Discipline - Engineering

Citizenship Requirement - None

Mershon Center for International Security Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Mershon Center for International Security Studies Postdoctoral Fellows

Discipline - International Security

Citizenship Requirement - None

Pelotonia Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Postdoctoral Candidate Pelotonia Fellowship Program

Discipline - any field related to cancer research

Citizenship Requirement - None

Training Grants-related Opportunities

Ohio State hosts a range of training grant opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees in a diverse array of disciplines funded by both federal and non-federal sources. For more information about Ohio State training grants and the trainees they serve visit the Graduate School's Training Grant Program.

Discipline - All

Citizenship Requirements - Varies, but federal opportunities generally require U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

External Postdoc Fellowship and Grant Funding Opportunities

Duke University Extramural Research Funding Database

Duke University

Duke has an excellent extramural research portal that searches across all federal agencies, a majority of private foundation funders, as well as international funding entities.

A centralized portal that aggregates all federal agency opportunities in one place. Keyword searches can be saved for easy reference and sent to you via email to keep up to date on the most current funding in your field of study.

Johns Hopkins National Fellowships and Funding List

Johns Hopkins University

JHU maintains a curated guide for available postdoctoral fellowships and other types of grant funding across all research disciplines.

National Postdoc Association

NPA has an online searchable database of opportunities available to postdocs hosted through Johns Hopkins University.

NPA Fellowship List 

The NPA also offers a new IMPACT Fellowship Program for postdocs.


Ohio State’s Office of Foundation Relations (OFR)

Office of Foundation Relations (OFR) 

The Ohio State University’s Office of Foundation Relations curates a list of private foundations who provide fellowship and other funding opportunities across all scientific disciplines for which postdoctoral scholars and graduate students are eligible.


Ohio State has an institutional license to SPIN, a large grant search engine. 

The Office of the Vice President for Research provides a campus-wide subscription to SPIN which aggregates over 40,000 funding opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors. SPIN provides intuitive and easy access to funding opportunities geared towards both individual and administrative users.

Learn how to use the SPIN funding opportunities database to create personalized email funding alerts by following these instructions.

Step 1: Create your SPIN profile while on campus (OSU Wireless or campus network), step-by-step instructions are available.

Step 2: Watch for an email with login instructions from (Access may take up to one business day; the user-validation process requires an overnight administrative process.)

Step 3: Login to SPIN and create and save searches that generate customized funding alerts.

More information about research funding and support resources can be found on the Office of Research website.

Some simple search suggestions when using SPIN:

  • Place quotation marks around a key phrases within your research topic/discipline, e.g., “breast cancer”
  • Use “AND” to search for multiple words, e.g., psychology and adolescent will return results with both terms in the record
  • Use “NOT” to exclude terms, e.g., STEM not “stem cell*” will return results with only STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
  • Use ~ before any word to search throughout a funding opportunity record, e.g., ~cancer – will search all sections of the funding record not just the abstract

Travel Awards

Conference and Travel Funding

Do you plan on attending a conference or training workshop? Do you need external funding to help cover travel costs? Are you an international scholar? Consider the following:

Consider the following:

  1. Does the conference or training you plan to attend offer travel awards?
  2. Does your college have staff professional development awards?

     3. The Postdoctoral Association (PDA)’s Travel Awards runs a travel award competition for university postdocs each semester. The PDA confers up to 4 of these awards each semester to postdocs who are traveling to scientific conferences, professional development workshops, or other types of career development events. For the timeline and how to apply, please visit their site.

     4. Travel information for International Scholars

  • International scholars have additional processes to consider when traveling to conferences and events. The Office of International Affairs has developed a helpful step-by-step guide that can be found on their website. Additionally, international postdocs can sign up for a 1:1 consultation with an OIA staff member to discuss university-related travel. Sign up for an appointment.

Internal University Funding for Research and Creative Inquiry

Ohio State has many institutes and centers that provide seed funding mechanisms to support early-stage research. Please pay careful attention to the eligibility requirements in the links below as some institutes might restrict postdocs to apply to only a sub-set of the seed funding mechanisms that they offer.

Interdisciplinary centers that offer pilot and seed funds at Ohio State

Below find a list of centers along with the scholarly fields covered by their opportunities.

CBI - Chronic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury technology, research, and therapeutics

CCC - Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer research

CCTS – Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Biomedical, clinical, and translational research

ERIK - Enterprise for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge President’s Research Excellence Program

High risk, high reward, novel and/or strategic interdisciplinary research

FFH - Foods for Health

Food and agricultural science and technology, food-host interactions, nutrition, disease, and analytics, data science, and omics-focused research.

GAH - Global Arts and Humanities

Arts and humanities focused scholarship

IDI - Infectious Diseases Institute

Interdisciplinary, biological, biomedical, clinical, community, population, and translational infectious diseases research

IMR - Institute for Materials Research - OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

Population and social science research

Mershon Center for International Security Studies

International security research

Neuroscience Research Institute

Biomedical, Clinical, and Translational Neuroscience and Neurological Disease focused research

Pelotonia Foundation Idea Grants

Cancer research

SI - Sustainability Institute

Sustainability, climate change and resilience, circular economy, and smart and resilient community research

TDAI - Translational Data Analytics Institute

Interdisciplinary, translational data science and data analytics research

Colleges that provide seed and pilot funding to affiliates

College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and behavioral science focused research

College of Dentistry

Clinical, biomedical, translational, and surgical dental research

College of Education and Human Ecology

Education, Teaching and Learning, K-12, and Human Sciences focused research

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Food Sci and Technology, Agricultural Sci, Technology and Outreach, and Environmental Sci research

Still Have Questions?

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
214D University Hall 230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210