Washington Research Foundation (WRF)

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Washington Research Foundation (WRF)

Any eligible nonprofit research institution, WA, United States

WRF will support up to 10 new highly creative and dedicated postdoctoral scientists each year at research institutions in Washington state. Fellows will conduct groundbreaking work on their own original projects addressing unmet public needs. Our ultimate goal is for the Fellows’ research to benefit the public through the creation of products and services.

WRF Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Will be chosen by an outstanding external selection committee
  • Will be supported for three years at an eligible research institution in Washington state
  • Will choose the laboratories at which they will conduct their research
  • Will choose a 2021 start date of January 1, April 1, July 1 or October 1
  • Will receive a stipend of $65,000 for the first year, $67,500 for the second year and $70,000 for the third year, plus benefits of up to $20,000 per year
  • Will have a budget of up to $5,000 per year for research supplies, equipment and/or travel
  • Will attend periodic lectures and networking events


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder)
  • Must have completed a doctorate from an accredited graduate program prior to commencement of their Fellowship. Preference will be given to applicants who gained their PhDs on or after July 1, 2019
  • Can have a background in any STEM field, but preference will be given to applicants whose project proposals are in life sciences and enabling technologies
  • If selected, must be available to attend an interview in Seattle on September 26 or 27, 2020, at WRF’s discretion. WRF will provide a travel allowance. Videoconference interviews might replace in-person interviews if necessary due to COVID-19
  • Must have an institution and lab chosen prior to their interview, if selected

Closing Date: end of the day on Sunday, June 21, 2020

Selection process and timeline:

  • Following a review of all completed applications by the selection committee, an in-person interview will be offered to each shortlisted candidate. Applicants will be notified in early August if they have been shortlisted
  • In-person interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in Seattle on September 26 and 27, 2020. Videoconference interviews might replace in-person interviews if necessary due to COVID-19
  • Successful candidates will be notified that they have received a WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship in October 2020

Applications must be submitted through the Embark platform by Sunday, June 21, 2020.

For additional information, please visit www.wrfseattle.org.

Washington Research Foundation values diversity

We’re an equal opportunity employer and advocate. We respect diverse perspectives and experiences, and value the contributions of people from all backgrounds.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship