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NSERC announces funding opportunity for postdoctoral fellows via the Human Frontier Science Program

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July 21, 2020

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is pleased to highlight an important funding opportunity for Canadian researchers interested in broadening their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country.

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) postdoctoral fellowships support 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.

Two types of fellowships are available:

Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are for applicants with a PhD in a biological discipline who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences that is significantly different from their previous PhD or postdoctoral work.

Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are for applicants with a PhD from outside the life sciences (e.g., in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences).

Important dates:

Application initiation deadline Submission deadline
August 13,  2020 August 27, 2020


For more information, please consult the HFSP website.

In Canada, the Human Frontier Science Program is jointly supported by NSERC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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