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Funding opportunity for postdoctoral fellows via the Human Frontier Science Program

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March 27, 2023

Once again this year, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is pleased to remind the community of 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. It is important to note that the HFSP only funds basic life science research.

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 a non-biological discipline (e.g., in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences) who will learn new biological techniques for incorporation into the biological project they propose.

Important date:

  • Letter of intent submission deadline: May 11, 2023

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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