American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship

APPLICATION DEADLINES: October 15 and April 1. For more dates, see All Grant Application Deadlines.


You ARE eligible to submit a proposal if you:

  • Work at a US academic institution or eligible non-profit
  • Are a US citizen or permanent resident when you submit your application
  • Have had your doctoral degree for LESS than 3 years (time spent in clinical-only training is not counted) *
  • Do not have a faculty appointment (e.g., Instructor, Research Assistant Professor)

Applicants should review the American Cancer Society’s Grant Policies and the instructions about the PF.


Awards are for up to 3 years with recently increased progressive stipends of $52,000, $54,000, and $56,000 a year.

Depending on availability of special endowment funds, the American Cancer Society (ACS) annually selects one or more of the top-ranked fellowships to be supplemented above the standard stipend.

Fellowship Allowances: Fellows will receive $4,000 a year to help defray costs such as health insurance, workshop costs, and expenses associated with presenting at a domestic scientific meeting.

In the last year, an additional $1,500 is added to the fellowship allowance for PFs to attend either the ACS Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium or a domestic scientific meeting.