James S. McDonnell Foundation - Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

The Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems program supports scholarship and research directed toward the discovery and refinement of theoretical and mathematical tools contributing to the continued development of the study of complex, adaptive, nonlinear systems. The program’s emphasis is on the development and application of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research per se.

James S. McDonnell Foundation - Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

JSMF is also interested in projects attempting to apply complex systems approaches to coherently articulated questions where such approaches are not yet standard but could open up new paths to progress. JSMF Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

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The James S. McDonnell Foundation, USA


Candidates, who are in the final stages of completing their Ph.D. and looking to make a significant change in direction for their first postdoctoral fellowship (field of study, model organism, theory vs experimental, etc.) that will either be difficult or impossible without an external source of funding. 
There are no geographic restrictions for applicants. 
Students should anticipate activating the Fellowship between June 2020 and February 28, 2021.

Important Note:  This Fellowship is not intended for individuals that already have completed a Ph.D. or students that have already identified a postdoctoral position and a postdoctoral mentor as traditional funding mechanisms are better suited to these students.   Such applications are ineligible for consideration.

For more detailed eligibility information, complete the Eligibility Quiz.

Job/Position Description

The total amount of the JSMF Fellowship is $200,000 USD to be expended in no less than 2 and no more than 3 years.
  • The cost of the full postdoctoral salary or stipend and fringe benefits must be paid in full from the fellowship. 
  • Institutions cannot request that other funding sources be used to cover the Fellow’s salary or stipend; the primary purpose of this fellowship is the continued education and training of the postdoctoral fellow. The fellowship is not intended to provide general support to a laboratory or department.
  • If the institutional postdoctoral salary scales are set such that there are funds in excess of what is needed for stipend and benefits, the excess funds can be used by the institution to support the Fellow’s research.   

Important Note: JSMF Fellowships are not awarded until the student applies to and is accepted as a postdoctoral fellow at a qualified institution and the institution submits an acceptable request to JSMF to initiate the grant.

How to Apply ll materials must be submitted electronically through the specified process.    Application submitted after the posted deadline are not accepted.

Last Date for Apply–  

13 June 2019, 15:59 CDT (20:59 UTC)

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