Postdoctoral Support

DEADLINE:  Friday, March 1, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) Postdoctoral Support program funds innovative maternal and child health-focused clinical and translational research for postdoctoral fellows.

All projects must be significantly related to the health of expectant mothers and children. The applicant must be a pediatrician, obstetrician, a child health subspecialist, or scientist who has a focus on, or plans to focus on, maternal and child health research. Projects resulting in a new maternal and child health focus in the mentor’s lab, are encouraged

Note:  Clinical fellows (MD or equivalent) training in a clinical fellowship program should not apply through this mechanism.

Forms for Applicants


Awards will be announced in June 2019. Earliest award start date is July 1, 2019. The performance period is up to two years**. 

Funding Amount

Postdoctoral Fellows  - $75,000 per year, up to two years

*This funding mechanism requires a commitment from the primary mentor of $37,500 for year 2, providing a total combined MCHRI/primary research mentor support of $75,000 for year 2 of funding.

General Eligibility

  • All applicants must have, or plan on, having a focus on maternal child health research.
  • All applicants Primary Research Mentor must be a MCHRI Member.
  • A Primary Research Mentor must be identified for postdoctoral fellows.
  • All applicants must have legal residence in the United States (Applicants with H or J visas are eligible).
  • The following are not eligible:
    • Clinician Educators (CEs)
    • Visiting scholars to Stanford
    • Senior Research Scientists, Research Associates/Assistants
    • Former recipients of MCHRI/PRF/LPFCH-sponsored awards who have not complied with award/reporting requirements. 

                    Mentor or applicants who have overdraft(s) in previous awards that are not cleared prior to applying are not eligible.

Eligibility: Postdoctoral fellows only.

  • This grant provides salary-only support for postdoctoral fellows in support of a specific project related to maternal and/or child health. Medical fellows (MD or equivalent) training in a clinical fellowship program should not apply through this mechanism.
  • Eligibility is limited to first through third year postdoctoral fellows (applicant must be in their first through third year at time of application).
  • Priority is given to applicants in the first and second year of postdoctoral training at Stanford
  • Third year applicants are eligible to apply for up to 1.5 years of funding to support the remainder of their third year, and through their fourth year**
  • Third year applicants must justify how this funding will help their career path. e.g. facilitate a change into a new field, etc.
  • Funding for year two is not guaranteed and subject to review of progress and career plans.
  • Applicants who completed a first post-doctoral fellowship at an institution not affiliated with Stanford University and wish to pursue a second post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University in a scientific area different from their first post-doctoral fellowship are eligible.
  • Fifth year postdocs and above are not eligible.
  • Projects resulting in a new maternal and child health focus in the mentor’s lab, are encouraged
  • The postdoc’s primary research mentor must be a MCHRI Member and one of the following:
    • MD, MD/PhD, or PhD whose primary focus is maternal and/or child health research.
    • MD, MD/PhD, or PhD who wishes to expand his/her interest in maternal and/or child health research.

Reviewer Form

Funding Rates

YEAR # of Applications # of Awards
Funding Rate
Total Awarded
FY 18 93 14 15% $897,392
FY 17 64 18 28% $947,000
FY 16 64 24 38% $1,129,000
FY 15 72 20 28% $1,000,000
FY 14 78 20 26% $932,000
FY 13 37 24 65% $1,156,000
FY 12 - - - -
FY 11 34 17 50% $594,988

Postdoctoral Support Panel Chairs

Dunlevie Family Professor of Pulmonary Vascular Disease and Professor, by courtesy, of Bioengineering at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology) and of Genetics
Shelagh Galligan Professor in the School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Urology at the Stanford University Medical Center

Please contact MCHRI Administration or 650-724-6891 with any questions.