Fully Funded Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Training

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships are available to support research training in all fundamental biomedical disciplines.

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Fellowship ProviderHelen Hay Whitney Foundation
LevelFresh Postdoc Researchers
Eligible NationalityUS and International
Host Institutes (US Candidates)Laboratories in the US, Canada, or abroad
Host Institutes (Foreign Candidates)Laboratories in the US only
Fellowship TypeFully Funded
Stipend$63,000/Year (average)
Opening DateApril 20, 2023
Application DeadlineJune 15, 2023, 5:00 pm EST
Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Summary
Fully Funded Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Training
Fully Funded Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Training

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Helen Hay Whitney Foundation

The “Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellowship” is given to promote postdoctoral research in the biomedical sciences and was created by Joan Whitney Payson in 1943 in New York in conjunction with her mother Helen Hay Whitney’s (1875–1944) estate preparation.

To achieve its ultimate goal of increasing the number of imaginative, well-trained, and dedicated medical scientists, the Foundation provides long-term financial support to young men and women engaged in biological or medical research. The Foundation currently grants 20 fellowships each year. The Whitney Foundation has provided early career support to many of North America’s top scientists and medical researchers. The prize is one of four highly competitive postdoctoral fellowships in the life sciences. Wikipedia

Eligibility Criteria for Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Candidates who
    • have received a Ph.D. (or D.Phil. or equivalent) no more than two years prior to the deadline, or an M.D. degree no more than three years prior to the deadline,
    • who are in the final stages of obtaining a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree,
    • and have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the deadline for submitting the application (June 15, 2023).
  • Fellowships may be given to US residents seeking to work at laboratories in the US, Canada, or abroad as well as to foreign nationals planning to conduct research in US laboratories.
  • As required by US Immigration, foreign students must get the proper visa papers.
  • Applications from established scientists and advanced fellows will be rejected.


The Whitney Fellowship is for three years and is contingent on satisfactory performance as determined by the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee. Fellowships of one or two years are not considered.

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Benefits of Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

The current stipend for the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation postdoctoral fellowship for research training is:

First Year$61,000
Second Year$63,000
Third Year$65,000
Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Stipend

The Foundation provides funds for travel to the fellowship location for the Fellow and his or her family at the time the fellowship is activated. The Foundation also pays for travel expenses for the two-day Annual Fellows Meetings in November. Travel expenses will be reimbursed directly to the Fellow after receipts are submitted. These reimbursements are in addition to the stipend and research allowance provided each year.

A research allowance of $1,500 is paid to the host institution each year. It is to be used entirely at the Fellow’s discretion, with no deductions for institutional overhead, registration fees, or taxes. This funding will be used for research expenses such as lab supplies, computers, and so on. If the Fellow so desires, this money may be used to help defray the cost of the Fellow’s health insurance premiums in part or in full. The Fellow decides how to spend the research allowance. The research allowance will be paid on the day the fellowship is activated and annually thereafter.

Each child receives a Dependent Child Allowance of $1,500 per year. There is no provision for a spouse. If a fellowship is awarded and the Fellow indicates that he or she is entitled to the Dependent Child Allowance, we will request a copy of the birth or adoption certificate (s). The child allowance will be paid on the day the fellowship is activated and annually thereafter.

The Foundation makes semi-annual stipend payments to the administering institution based on the fellowship’s activation date. Fellows in training abroad will be paid directly quarterly stipends.

How to Apply:

Applications should be completed and submitted online at www.hhwf.org. The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation must receive applications by 5:00 p.m. EST on June 15, 2023. Late applications will be rejected.

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