Postdoctoral Support

DEADLINE: Monday, March 1, 2021 - 5:00 PM PST

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) Postdoctoral Support funds innovative maternal and child health-focused research across all disciplines for:  

Postdoctoral Fellows - $80,000/year for up to 2 years*

*This funding mechanism requires a commitment from the primary mentor of $40,000 for year 2, providing a total combined MCHRI/primary research mentor support of $80,000 for year 2 of funding.  Total MCHRI support is up to $120,000 over two years.

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

**Special consideration given to postdoctoral scholars proposing work in structural racism, social injustice or health disparities in maternal and child health**  

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

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Key Dates

Action Date
Application Deadline Monday, March 1, 2021
Notification of Awards June 2021
Award Start Date Wednesday, July 1, 2021

Forms for Applicants

*NEW UPDATES* - New Requirement for Lay Summary in 2021 Application Cycle

Applicants will be required to submit a Lay Summary in their application, as outlined in the grant instructions above. Briefly and clearly provide the rationale and objective for the proposed research project in a manner readily understood by a general audience. Avoid using acronyms, jargon, or technical, field-specific terminology. Should not be more than 300 words.  

Funding Amount

Postdoctoral Fellows - $80,000/year for up to 2 years*

*This funding mechanism requires a commitment from the primary mentor of $40,000 for year 2, providing a total combined MCHRI/primary research mentor support of $80,000 for year 2 of funding. Total MCHRI support is up to $120,000 over two years.

General Eligibility

  • All applicants must have, or plan on, having a focus on maternal and child health research.
  • All applicants and their Primary Research Mentor must be MCHRI Members.
  • 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).
  • All applicants must have a postdoctoral appointment date effective no later than the application deadline.
  • 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.
    • Prospective postdocs with an appointment date occurring after the application deadline.

Eligibility: Postdoctoral Fellows Only

This grant provides salary and benefits-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.

  • The number of applications and total number of funded postdoctoral fellows per lab/PI shall be limited to one per cycle and at any given time. (Please check with MCHRI if you any questions about eligibility.)
  • Resubmissions shall be limited to one.
  • 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 and documentation of the postdoc’s application for external funding
  • 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.

Proposal Requirements

Please see MCHRI Grant Instructions (listed under Forms for Applicants section) for full proposal requirements.

Important information prior to submitting your application: 

Biostatistical Consultation
A biostatistical consult is required for all human-based studies and those with power calculations. As part of a partnership with the Stanford Quantitative Sciences Unit (QSU), MCHRI grant applicants may request services as needed to support the success of their research project (most services at no charge to the investigator). Their expertise is available for consultation, the development of grant proposals, and implementation of funded projects. Click here to submit a request directly to the QSU. Request QSU consults no later than 4 weeks prior to submission deadline. The QSU may not be able to accommodate consultation requests within the 4-week window.

IRB Approval 
IRB application must be submitted prior to the MCHRI application submission deadline and the IRB review meeting date stated in the MCHRI application. If there is an approval letter, it must be attached with the application. For more information, please see: http://humansubjects.stanford.edu.

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Funding Rates

YEAR # of Applications # of Awards
Funding Rate
Total Awarded
FY 20 94 20 21% $1,528,650
FY 19 111 18 16% $1,273,411
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

Awards

Visit the Postdoctoral Support Program Awards page.

Policy Updates

Visit Policy Updates for more information.

FAQs

Visit Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Program Panel Chairs

Jeffrey A. Feinstein, MD, MPH
Professor, Pediatrics (Cardiology)

Julien Sage, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics (Hematology & Oncology) and Genetics

Kathleen M. Sakamoto, MD, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics (Hematology & Oncology)

Virginia Winn, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Reproductive Biology)

Contact

Please contact MCHRI Administration at mchri_admin@stanford.edu or 650-724-0279 with any questions.