Guide to the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (PRFB) Program

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (PRFB) Program awards fellowships to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and with special goals for human resource development in biology. Additional information about the program is available at: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503622

Synopsis

The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology.  The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site.  For FY 2015 and beyond, these BIO programs are (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Under-represented in Biology, (2) Research Using Biological Collections, and  (3) National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.  These areas change periodically as new scientific and infrastructure opportunities present themselves. For this reason, this solicitation will be changed as necessary to reflect the areas being funded.

The fellowships are also designed to provide active mentoring of the Fellows by the sponsoring scientists who will benefit from having these talented young scientists in their research groups. The research and training plan of each fellowship must address important scientific questions within the scope of the BIO Directorate and the specific guidelines in this fellowship program solicitation.  Because the fellowships are offered to postdoctoral scientists only early in their careers, NSF encourages doctoral advisors to discuss the availability of these postdoctoral fellowships in biology with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs to ensure potential applicants may take advantage of this funding opportunity. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

Educational Opportunity

This program provides educational opportunities for  Postdoctoral Fellows. Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.

Related URLS

  • How to Apply for Fellowship Applicants
  • Sponsoring Scientist Statement Instructions
  • Administrative Guide for the PRFB Program
    • This Guide outlines the administrative policies and procedures for Fellows and PRFB Host Institutions and incorporates all policies found in the Fellowship Offer Letter and the PRFB Program Solicitation. This guide does not supersede the award letter terms and conditions . The current Guide applies to the 2018 Fellowship year forward, unless otherwise noted or superseded by an updated version. It is the responsibility of the Fellow to ensure compliance with the
      terms and conditions of the Fellowship Program.