To attain its ultimate goal of increasing the number of imaginative, well-trained and dedicated medical scientists, the Foundation grants financial support of sufficient duration to help further the careers of young men and women engaged in biological or medical research.

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Competition for the Helen Hay Whitney fellowships is intense. Less than 5% of those who apply to us receive awards. Please note that because of the volume of applications received, the Foundation is unable to provide critiques of unsuccessful proposals.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Biomedical Sciences.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

 3 Years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

The Fellowship is eligible to:

  • Candidates who hold, or are in the final stages of obtaining a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and are seeking beginning postdoctoral training in basic biomedical research.
  • Candidates who have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the deadline for submitting the application, and who have received a PhD (or D.Phil. or equivalent) degree no more than two years before the deadline, or an M.D. degree no more than three years before the deadline.
  • Fellowships may be awarded to foreign citizens for research in laboratories in the US only. and it’s expect that most applicants will reside in North America at the time of application.
  • Foreign Students will need to obtain appropriate visa documentation, as required by US Immigration.
  • Clinical house-staff training does not count as “postdoctoral laboratory training.”.
  • Applications from established scientists or advanced fellows will not be considered. The fellowships are for early postdoctoral training only.
  • The Foundation will not ordinarily consider applicants who plan tenure of the fellowship in the laboratory in which they have already received extensive predoctoral or postdoctoral training. The aim of the fellowship is to broaden postdoctoral training and experience, and a significant change of venue is advisable.
  • A two-day Annual Meeting of Fellows is held in November of each year, at which each third-year Fellow presents the results of his or her research. This meeting is an important component of the Fellowship Program because of the opportunity it provides the Fellows for scientific interchange and exposure to biomedical fields other than their own. Attendance at the meeting in its entirety is expected as a condition of acceptance of the fellowship.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

  • The Foundation provides funds for travel to the fellowship location at the time of activation of the fellowship for the Fellow and his or her family.
  • No payment is made for the transportation of household goods.
  • The Foundation also covers travel expenses incurred for the two-day Annual Fellows Meetings held in November.
  • There is a Dependent Child Allowance of $1,500 per annum for each child.
  • The current stipend and expense allowance is:

      Stipend   Research Allowance
    1st year
    2nd year
    3rd year    $60,000

How to Apply

First Step:  Read the instructions carefully before attempting to complete the online application submission from here.

Second Step: Download the Reference_Letter Template and forward to your four referees, All four completed reference letters should be emailed to (, convert the letter to pdf format and name the pdf file according to the instructions on the Reference Letter Template.

Third Step: Download form Application Items 1-6. Upon its completion, upload it along with the other requested items.

IMPORTANT: The uploading of the zipped file should be done immediately following the submission of the 2-page application cover (it should NOT be uploaded at a later time or date).

Fourth Step:  Complete the application form here.

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