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About the grant

The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship is a two-year program (with potential for third-year renewal) that supports advanced research and/or instrument development by postdoctoral scholars within the core areas of fundamental chemistry. Research must be innovative in method, speed, or process, or represent new instrument technology. This fellowship will be a catalyst from “mentored yet independent” postdocs to outstanding, independent researchers in academic or industry/governmental labs. The Fellowship will be in two tracks the applicant may choose from:

  • Chemical Sciences will allow chemists to pursue advanced research within the core areas of fundamental chemistry, such as chemical physics, chemical engineering, and chemistry of materials research.
  • Chemical Instrumentation will allow researchers in chemistry to conceptualize, develop, and build instrumentation suitable to advanced research in chemistry, chemical physics, chemical engineering, and chemistry of materials science. Instrumentation projects must be suitable to the two-year fellowship time frame, be driven by a need in the chemical sciences listed above, be innovative in method speed or process, or represent a wholly new instrument for technical advancement in chemistry, and may potentially be used for future research in the broader scientific community.

The fellowship is not intended to fund proposals that are supported by traditional NIH mechanisms in the fields of chemistry, chemical biology, or biochemistry.


To apply

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and expect to complete a PhD in the chemical sciences by May 1, 2021 or be a postdoctoral researcher. For more information and to complete the virtual application, click here. Applications must be submitted by September 4, 2020.

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