It is common for postdocs to be supported by their PI in the first year or two, but often postdocs will be asked to find their own funding at some point. Fellowships and successful grant proposals also look great on your CV. Here are some resources that may help you start your search for funding.
Funding Search Databases and Portals
• COS Pivot*
• UCLA Graduate and Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database
• National Institutes of Health
• National Science Foundation
• Fulbright Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards
• International Fellowships and Grants (National Postdoctoral Scholars Association)
• Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB)
• Minority Postdoc: Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships and Opportunities
• UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
• American Association of University Women Educational Foundation Fellowships and Grants
• The Foundation Center
*Training for postdocs and students in using the Pivot funding opportunities database is offered monthly by the Campus Library. See the Library class schedule for upcoming sessions.
Creating and Submitting a Proposal
Refer to the Research Development Office LibGuide, which contains templates and boilerplate language for use in grant applications.
Research Management Services (RMS), part of the Office of Sponsored Research, partners with researchers throughout the proposal cycle. Planning is the first step. As soon as you decide to prepare a research proposal – including proposals for postdoctoral fellowships – contact RMS, where a research services coordinator will be assigned to assist you. Your coordinator will help you with proposal preparation, including budget development and compliance checks. Note that RMS should be notified of your intent to submit any proposal at least 30 days in advance of the sponsor’s deadline. See the RMS service partnership agreement for complete guidelines. Approval of postdoc funding applications is required.