Funding & Fellowships

Check here for a listing of relevant scholarship, fellowship, training and grant opportunities!

Spring 2017:

Curriculum Fellow position in Infectious Diseases

The Harvard Medical School Curriculum Fellows Program (CFP) is seeking a post-doctoral Curriculum Fellow (CF) who will develop and support courses and programming relevant to the infectious disease training of graduate students at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). The CF will also play a key role in the Harvard Infectious Diseases Consortium (IDC), a University-wide affiliation of graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows engaged in infectious disease research.

The IDC Curriculum Fellow will work independently and in collaboration with HMS and HSPH faculty to:

  • Support the ongoing development of microbiology and infectious disease-related courses offered through the HMS Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology
  • Generate infectious disease-related content for inclusion into a masters-level course at HSPH and provide instructional support to the associated teaching faculty
  • Provide intellectual and administrative support for a new joint HMS/HSPH graduate program in bacteriology
  • Work with the student leadership of the IDC to develop and support new and existing educational, social and career development initiatives
  • Pursue additional opportunities to improve infectious disease education at Harvard through collaborations, new paracurricular programming and the adoption of novel course formats


  • An earned doctorate in an infectious disease-related field (i.e. bacteriology, parasitology, virology)
  • Post-secondary teaching experience
  • Postdoctoral research or teaching experience (preferred)

Job Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple faculty and administrative partners to develop new courses and educational/training opportunities
  • Experience applying pedagogical best practices, including evidence-based teaching methods, to the classroom
  • Ability to advise faculty on the application of evidence-based teaching practices to existing courses
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills and the ability to successfully plan and implement programs and events
  • Ability to work independently to identify and implement optimal solutions to diverse problems
  • Effective mentorship skills

The IDC Curriculum Fellow is a member of the HMS Curriculum Fellows Program, a science education community that functions as a training program for early career scientist-teachers while contributing to the development and oversight of high quality, innovative graduate education at Harvard. Pedagogical training is incorporated into the fellow’s course- and program-based efforts and includes opportunities to design and conduct educational research (DBER) projects. CFs receive mentorship and career advising to support their development as educators throughout the duration of the appointment.

To apply:

To be considered for this position, please email a single pdf document containing a letter of application that addresses your interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy.  Please include the names and contact information of three references, who will be asked to supply letters or will be contacted by phone early in the application screening process. The deadline for all application materials is 5 PM Eastern Time on March 1st, 2017. The CF position and its associated academic appointment is a one year appointment, renewable for three years, and is non-tenure-track. The ideal start for the position is on or before April 15th, 2017 at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Address applications to Bradley Coleman, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Curriculum Fellows Program
Via Ms. Naima Abdullahi (

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer.

October 2016:

American Physiological Society Early Career Advocacy Fellowship

Are you interested in science advocacy but are pursuing a postdoc or other position full time? This is a great opportunity for those who meet the following qualifications:

  • Be members of the American Physiological Society
  • Have received their doctoral degree within the last ten years
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be interested in advocacy
  • Attend Experimental Biology meeting 2017 in Chicago, IL.
  • Live in the U.S. during the two-year award period.

Applications are due November 4th. More information:


September 2016:

HHMI postdoctoral/early-career scientist fellowships

Check out this great new opportunity through HHMI for early career scientists! The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program for increasing diversity in the Life Sciences  was just announced. These fellowships will give funding for eight years to eligible individuals on a competitive basis. You must have less than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience, be a member of an underrepresented group or from a disadvantaged background, be accepted in a laboratory for a postdoc position, and have a PhD by the start of the grant to be eligible.

Deadline: Feb 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm eastern time.

Application website:

More information from HHMI News:

July 2016:

ASM Education Scientific Training Fellowship

The American Society For Microbiology has an open position for a 12-month ASM Headquarter Fellow in Washington, DC. This position would be great for a recent Ph.D. graduate looking to get more experience in administrative, science communication and teaching positions. For more information click here.

Science communication training opportunity

The Portal to the Public science communication program is now recruiting Science Ambassadors for the 2016 fall semester. This is a national NSF-funded program in which participants learn through four training sessions/workshops about science communication practices and share their research with the public. To sign up and read more about the program, click here.

 February 2016:

Become Research Experience Mentor (paid)

CU Science discovery is now recruiting STEM researchers at CU to host a high school student for a few weeks over the summer. Mentors will receive training in best practices and a $750 stipend. For more information, click here.

ASCB/Keck Graduate Institute industry training opportunity

A week-long training opportunity through ASCB and the Keck Graduate Institute for advanced graduate students and postdocs interested in careers in biotech/industry will take place at Claremont, CA July 11-16th. Registration is $300 (or $500 with accommodations).

Scientists will be introduced to skills they will need to thrive in industry. Participants will learn about the culture, organizational structures and practices of life science companies through classroom experiences, networking, professional development workshops and a team-based project. Deadline to apply is April 15th. More information can be found here.

January 2016:

2016-2017 Residential Science Communication Fellowship Program through the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Interested in science communication, education research, outreach and teaching? This one year post-doc fellowship is open to those with a PhD, MD, or JD at Duke. Apply by March 5, 2016. Learn more here.

Collaborative Research Travel Grants

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund provides up to $15,000 to support the costs of travel, housing, meals and laboratory consumables for faculty or postdocs in the biomedical sciences to perform collaborative work or learn new research techniques at another institution. Applications are due Feb 1st 2016. Click here for more information.

December, 2015:

ASM Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women

The American Society for Microbiology is now accepting applications for career development grants. Three awards ($1,500 and a commemorative plaque) are given each year to outstanding female scientists to support travel or educational opportunities to further the awardee’s career. Applications are due February 1st, and the applicant must be an ASM member. Read more here.

Attention students or recent graduates!

The AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for a 10 week summer program that seeks to train science and engineering students to effectively communicate science. You must be within one year of graduating or currently enrolled in a college or university (any level). A weekly stipend and travel reimbursement are provided. For more information, click here.

Post-doc fellowship opportunity:

The L’Oreal USA/ AAAS For Women in Science program is now accepting applications for a $60,000 post-doctoral fellowship for STEM researchers. This award is highly competitive but funds can be used for research costs including equipment or services. See below for more information, or click here to visit their website and start an application.

LOreal AAAS Fellowship