Postdoctoral Fellowships in Polar Regions Research

This program supports training and research for recent doctoral degree recipients in any aspect of scientific study of the Antarctic and/or the Arctic within the Office of Polar Programs program areas.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation


The program also provides travel grants to those eligible for fellowships for the purpose of meeting prospective mentors and colleagues,  presenting seminars, discussing mutual research and/or education interests, evaluating facilities and professional development opportunities, and initiating collaborative relationships. The fellowship program develops and trains recent Ph.D.s (especially those new to polar research) with concomitant goals to promote scientific research in polar regions; support innovative research in emerging areas; encourage interdisciplinary research; support and promote awareness of International Polar Year research and education activities; foster activities that create broader impacts for science and society; and increase the participation of under-represented groups in polar regions research.


An individual is eligible to apply for a Postdoctoral travel grant if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. The applicant is a U.S. citizen, or legally admitted permanent resident alien of the United States.

  2. The applicant has earned the doctoral degree in an appropriate scientific field within 4 years of the proposed deadline or will complete a doctoral degree no more than 1 year after the proposal deadline date.

  3. The applicant has not participated in postdoctoral training for a combined full-time-equivalent duration of more than 3 years at the commencement of the OPP Fellowship or otherwise provides a statement that justifies further postdoctoral training.

  4. The applicant proposes a sponsoring institution that differs from the doctoral-granting institution or provides a statement that justifies the lack of change.

  5. The applicant proposes a research and training plan that falls within the program areas supported by OPP.

  6. The applicant has not previously held a Federal research grant, with the exception of graduate fellowships and other sources of individual student support.

  7. An individual is eligible to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Polar Regions Research if all of the above criteria are met and the applicant submits a research plan that has not been submitted in another proposal to any Federal agency.

How to Apply

Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the guidelines specified in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). Paper copies of the GPG may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (703) 292-PUBS (7827) or by e-mail.