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Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellowships program




The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is an international program of research support implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization. The HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms through fellowship and research grant programs. In all HFSP programs, a clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences.

Eligible Applicants

CIHR and NSERC encourage Canadian researchers to consider applying to the HFSP Grants programs. Complete this questionnaire to see if you are eligible to apply.

Two different fellowship programs are available:

  • Long-Term Fellowships (LTF): Awarded to applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline, who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work.
  • Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF): Awarded to applicants with a Ph.D. from outside the life sciences (e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences) who will learn new biological techniques for incorporation into the biological project they propose.

The HFSP fellowships are for 3 years, with no possibility for renewal.

Eligible Expenses

HFSP fellows receive a monthly allowance as well as a monthly research and travel allowance and if applicable, a monthly child allowance.

The HFSP fellowship program supports proposals for frontier, potentially transformative research in the life sciences. Applications for high-risk projects are particularly encouraged. 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 life sciences field.

Deadline Date

  September 27, 2021


Contact Name: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Phone Number: 613-954-1968 or 1-888-603-4178 (toll-free)

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