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Women and Minorities Grants

Listed below are a selection of funding opportunities available for traditionally underrepresented minorities, including women, from various sponsor agencies and foundations. They are listed in alphabetical order according to the agency. There is a short summary of the program included here, but please click on the links to each program to access the sponsors program page, where you will find more detailed instructions and eligibility requirements. Not every opportunity is open to all minorities. This list is not an exhaustive list of all funding opportunities available.

Sponsor
Deadline
Subject Area
Program
Amount
Summary
AAS 30th June Astronomy American Astronomical Society Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy $1,500 The Annie Jump Cannon Award is for outstanding research and promise for future research by a postdoctoral woman researcher. It is given to a North American female astronomer within five years of receiving her PhD in the year designated for the award.
Alzheimer's Association April Alzheimer's Research Alzheimer's Association Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity (AARF-D) Program $150,000 for 2-3 years. The Alzheimer's Association Research Fellowship Award to Promote Diversity Program is up to three years, minimum of two years intended to support exceptional researchers who are currently underrepresented at academic institutions in Alzheimer's or related dementias research and who are engaged in their post-graduate work (i.e. postdoctoral fellows) and before they have their first independent faculty positions (i.e. Assistant Professor). The objective of this award is to increase the number of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds whose basic, clinical and social/behavioral research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to Alzheimer's and related dementias in general and in health disparities populations.
Alzheimer's Association April Alzheimer's Research Alzheimer's Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity (AARG-D) $150,000 for 2-3 years. The Alzheimer's Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity program award is up to three years, minimum of 2 years to investigators who are currently underrepresented at academic institutions in Alzheimer's or related dementias research. The objective of this award is to increase the number of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds whose basic, clinical and social/behavioral research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to Alzheimer's and related dementias in general and in health disparities populations.
American Diabetes Association April Diabetes Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship See guidelines. These fellowships are available to minority* postdoctoral researchers (MD, MD/PhD, PhD, DVM, or equivalent) who are underrepresented in biomedical research. Fellowships provide support for high quality training in disciplines and topics relevant to diabetes, in an environment conducive to beginning a career in diabetes research.
American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research December Alternatives to Animal Research/Women's Health Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women's Health and Sex Differences $40,000 for 1 year. The American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR) and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) offer a $40,000, one-year postdoctoral fellowship grant (with possible renewal) to a woman interested in developing, validating, or using alternatives to animal methods in the investigation of women's health or sex differences.
American Physical Society July Physics American Physical Society Edward A. Bouchet Award $3,500 plus travel stipend. To promote the participation of under-represented minorities in physics by identifying and recognizing a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research. The program will help publicize the lecturer's work and career development to the physics community, especially among minority physics students.
American Physical Society July Physics American Physical Society Maria Goeppert Mayer Award $6,500 To recognize and enhance outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and to provide opportunities for her to present these achievements to others through public lectures in the spirit of Maria Goeppert Mayer. The award consists of $2,500 plus a $4,000 travel allowance to provide opportunities for the recipient to give lectures in her field of physics at four institutions and at the meeting of the Society at which the award is bestowed and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient.
Association for Women in Mathematics Feb 1, May 1, Oct 1 annually Mathematics Several travel awards available for women Various The Association for Women in Mathematics has administered the NSF-AWM Travel Grant Program for Women since 1988, supporting both travel to domestic or foreign research conferences and, more recently, longer-term visits with a mentor.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund January Biomedical Sciences Postdoctoral Enrichment Program $60,000 over 3 years. The Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research. Generally, up to 10 awards will be granted for enrichment activities annually. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.
Cornell University - President's Council of Cornell Women All areas Affinito-Stewart Grants $1,000-$10,000 The Affinito-Stewart Grants support the advancement of Cornell junior women faculty and increase the long-term retention of women faculty by providing seed funding for their research and other academic projects critical to the tenure process. Access the documents for 2017 here.
Ford Foundation November Sciences, Engineering, Medicine Fellowship Program $45,000 for 1 year. Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
HHMI February Life Sciences Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program See guidelines. The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruitment and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Through their successful careers as academic scientists, Hanna H. Gray Fellows will move science forward and inspire the next generation of scientists from America�s diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition, which is now open for applications. Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and, if eligible, in their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.
L'Oréal February STEM Women In Science fellowship program $60,000 for 1 year. The L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships.
NIH Various Biomedical Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp) $5,000-$100,000 direct costs. Provides administrative supplements to existing grants to improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research.
NIH Standard NIH Biomedical/Cancer NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01) $130,000 direct costs per year for 5 years. The purpose of the NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is to provide support and protected time (three, four, or five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence.
NIH Standard NIH Biomedical/Cancer NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08) $130,000 direct costs per year for 5 years. The purpose of the NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Award (K08) program is to prepare individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the nation. This program represents the continuation of a long-standing NIH program that provides support and protected time to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research, including translational research.
NIH Standard NIH Biomedical/Cancer NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22) $150,000 direct costs per year for 3 years. The goal of the NCI Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K22) program is to enhance the diversity of the NCI-funded research workforce by providing support to outstanding basic, behavioral, translational, or clinical investigators from backgrounds underrepresented in scientific research to develop their independent research skills. This goal is achieved by providing protected time through salary and research support for the initial 3 years of the first independent tenure-track faculty position, or its equivalent. Therefore, the award is intended to facilitate the establishment of a record of independent research by the candidate in order to sustain or promote a successful, independent research career. - See more at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-063.html#sthash.9pQvbzXy.dpuf
NIH Oct 2016, Feb 2017, Oct 2017 Biomedical NHLBI Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01) $105,000 direct costs per year for 5 years. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to enhance the pool of of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in research. It is targeted toward individuals whose basic, clinical, and translational research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases and sleep disorders in the general and health disparities populations. This FOA invites applications from Institutions with eligible faculty members to undertake special study and supervised research under a mentor who is an accomplished investigator in the research area proposed and has experience in developing independent investigators.
NIH Standard NIH Biomedical/Neuroscience NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01) $185,000 direct costs per year for 3 years. The purpose of the NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research K01 is to diversify the pool of independent neuroscience research investigators and to enhance the opportunity to obtain independent NIH or other independent research support by providing junior faculty with research cost support, protected research time and career stage appropriate professional development mentorship in neuroscience research. �Individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research are eligible for support under this award if they have doctoral research degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and are in the first 3 years of a faculty tenure track or equivalent position at the time of award.
NSF November Biology Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) $69,000 per year for 3 years. 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.
NSF October Social/Behavioral Research SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF) $62,000 per year for 2 years. The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in two tracks: (i) Broadening Participation (SPRF-BP), and (ii) Interdisciplinary Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences (SPRF-IBSS). See the full text of the solicitation for detailed description of these tracks.
UNCF/MERCK December Biomedical Sciences Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship $92,000 over 2 years. The UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships are intended to provide support to African American post-graduates to obtain postdoctoral training or continue to conduct postdoctoral, pre-professional research projects.
University of North Carolina September-November, annually Various The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity $44,000 per year. As part of a continuing commitment to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and advancing scholars from underrepresented groups in higher education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity (CPPFD) is pleased to offer postdoctoral research appointments for a period of two years. The purpose of CPPFD is to develop scholars from underrepresented groups for possible tenure track appointments at the University of North Carolina and other research universities. Postdoctoral scholars will be engaged full-time in research and may teach only one course per fiscal year.