Postdoctoral fellowships


Washington Research Foundation

Fellowship details

  • Fellowships include three years of salary support for the postdoc at an eligible research institution in Washington state. The salary for the first year is $70,000, increasing to $72,500 for the second year and $75,000 for the third year. Benefits are also covered as per institutional policies
  • Fellows receive an additional $5,000 of funding per year that can be used for research supplies, equipment and/or travel
  • Fellows may choose a start date of January 1, April 1, July 1 or October 1 to commence their funding
  • Fellows participate in an annual WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Symposium


  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Fellowships must be completed at an eligible research institution in Washington state
  • Candidates must have completed a doctorate from an accredited graduate program prior to commencement of their fellowship
  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a discipline related to natural sciences, engineering, computer or information science and mathematics. Proposed projects must also be related to these disciplines, and preference will be given to projects in life sciences and enabling technologies
  • Applicants cannot have completed more than two years of postdoctoral training at the time of submitting their applications
  • Applicants cannot hold a faculty position at the time they expect to commence their fellowship

Application process

  • Candidates must submit a written application by the posted deadline. A sample application form can be downloaded here. This form is for reference only; please submit your application online
  • Applicants will be required to submit 2 – 3 letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline
  • Applications will be screened by the Selection Committee, which will shortlist candidates for interviews. Applicants will be notified about interview decisions by email by the posted dates
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview with 2 – 3 members of the selection committee. During the interview, candidates will be required to prepare a 20-minute presentation of their proposed project
  • If selected for an interview, candidates must have identified the institution and lab in which they will conduct their research. A letter of support from their prospective PI will be required
  • Applicants will be notified about final decisions by email by the posted dates

Review criteria

  • Proposed research project – innovation, creativity, long-term impact and public benefit
  • Creativity in past research – demonstration of problem-solving ability
  • Education – demonstration of aptitude for success in proposed area of research
  • Resilience – demonstration of drive, persistence, leadership skills in education and work history
  • Letters of support

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