Human Frontier Science Program | HFSP Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019 | 2019 Biology & Chemistry Postdoctoral HFSP Fellowship:  HFSP fellowships support top postdoctoral researchers that propose innovative, ground-breaking projects that have the potential to advance the knowledge in their field of study and open a new approach to the research problem. 2018 Biology & Chemistry Postdoctoral HFSP Fellowship.

The objective of the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization is to implement the Human Frontier Science Program (“the Program”).

This Program aims to promote, through international cooperation, basic research focused on the elucidation of the sophisticated and complex mechanisms of living organisms and to make the fullest possible utilization of the research results for the benefit of all humankind.

Human Frontier Science Program | HFSP Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019

HFSPO offers 3-year postdoctoral fellowships to enable the most talented early career scientists, trained in the life sciences or in the physical sciences, to extend their scientific repertoire in laboratories abroad. HFSPO invites applications for its two international postdoctoral programs:

  • Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are for applicants with a PhD in a biological discipline who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous PhD or postdoctoral work. Applicants with a degree from outside the life sciences who already work in biology should consider applying for a Long-Term Fellowship.
  • Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are for applicants with a PhD from outside the life sciences (e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences) who have not worked in a biological field before.

The HFSP fellowship program strongly supports frontier, potentially transformative (‘out-of-the-box’) proposals and encourages applications for high-risk projects.

The projects should be interdisciplinary in nature and should challenge existing paradigms by using novel approaches and techniques.

Scientifically, they should address an important problem or a barrier to progress in the field.

All applicants are expected to be exposed during the tenure of the award to new theories and methods which complement or build on their previous expertise.

Candidates for a CDF should describe the biological techniques they will learn and how their specific skills will bear on the biological project they propose.

Proposals representing a standard or incremental approaches, obvious next steps in the field or for the host laboratory (routine projects) are less likely to receive funding.

Research projects can range from biological functions at the molecular and cellular level up to the biological systems level, including cognitive functions.

All levels of analysis are supported: studies on genes and individual molecules, intracellular networks, intercellular associations in tissues and organs, and networks underlying complex functions of entire organisms, populations, or ecosystems.

Human Frontier Science Program | HFSP Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019

The 2018 fellowship initiation deadline is 9 August 2018.
The 2018 fellowship submission deadline is 23 August 2018.

Two international programs for basic research training are available:

Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are reserved for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline to embark on a new project in a different field of the life sciences. Preference is given to applicants who propose an original study in biology that marks a departure from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work so as to learn new methods or change study system.

Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are open to applicants with a Ph.D. from outside the life sciences e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences who have had limited exposure to biology during their previous training. Applicants for the CDF should propose a significant departure from their past research by changing e.g. from material science or physics to cell biology, from chemistry to molecular biology, or from computer science to neuroscience.


  1. A candidate who is not a national from one of the supporting countries (see list below) may apply to work only in a research institution in one of the supporting countries. A candidate who is a national of one of the supporting countries can apply to work in a research institution in any country.
  2. HFSPO supporting countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus (EU part only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
  3. For those going to institutions that are classified as extraterritorial such as the EMBL, ICPT or ICGEB, the country in which the laboratory is located will be considered the host country.
  4. A research doctorate (PhD) or a doctoral-level degree comparable to a PhD with equivalent experience in basic research (e.g. a research-based MD or medical PhD) must be conferred# by the start of the fellowship. It is not required at the time of submission.
  5. By “conferred degree” we mean you have received your diploma for the degree. The “conferral date” is the date on the official PhD document.
  6. Applicants must have at least one lead author, full-length research paper – either accepted for publication, in the press or published – in an international peer-reviewed journal or published on a pre-print server such as bioRxiv by 23 August 2018 in order to be eligible to apply.
  7. The applicant must either be the single author, first author or joint first author. In a joint first author paper, the applicant does not have to be listed in the first place, but the equal contribution of the authors must be clearly stated in any case.
  8. In some cases the standard publication practice makes the first authorship impossible (e.g. alphabetical listing of authors); these circumstances must be explained in the “Additional Comments” section of the application. All papers must be written in English.
  9. Publications in other languages are not taken into account, nor are review articles or patents. Electronic copies of lead author publications must b

Human Frontier Science Program | HFSP Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019

Applicants are advised to carefully read the following document before writing their proposal:

2019 fellowship application guidelines
It lists the eligibility criteria and contains useful information about the 2019 fellowships.

2018 applicants’ online instructions
2018 host supervisors’ online instructions
2018 referees’ online instructions
The link to the HFSP extranet page for registration is

Human Frontier Science Program | HFSP Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019

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