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HFSP fellowships 2025: Call for letters of intent

Grant and Award Announcement

Human Frontier Science Program

HFSP Fellowship Program: Call for Letter of Intent open until 15 May 2024.


HFSP Fellowship Program: Call for Letter of Intent open until 15 May 2024. 

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STRASBOURG, France, 3 April 2024 — Fellowships supported by the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) pioneer new frontiers in the life sciences by tackling fundamental issues in basic research and involving global scientific collaboration. The application window for the 2025 cycle is now open.

Interested applicants must establish an account through the ProposalCentral web portal. Prospective applicants are urged to carefully review the guidelines.

“HFSP is different than other funding opportunities,” said Barbara Pauly, HFSP Director of Fellowships. “We offer postdoctoral researchers the chance to expand their horizons and become pioneers of new fields of inquiry.”

Since 1990, more than 8,500 researchers from more than 70 countries have been supported, and of these, 29 awardees have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.

Applicants are expected to explore new paths of research that open new areas of knowledge, emphasizing the involvement of scientists from diverse fields like chemistry, engineering, physics, mathematics, or nanoscience in life science projects. Successful applications will embrace risk, forge innovative research directions distinct from the applicants' current endeavors, and involve internationally collaborative teams of researchers.

HFSP Fellowships span three years and are granted to early career scientists to broaden their research skills by exploring new areas of study, while working in a laboratory in a new country. HFSP supports two categories of fellowships: Long-Term Fellowships and Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships.

  • Long-Term Fellowships are for applicants with a PhD on a biological topic who want to embark on a novel and frontier project focusing on the life sciences.
  • Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships are for applicants who hold a doctoral degree from a non-biological discipline (e.g., physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, or computer science) and who would like to conduct research in the life sciences.

In both cases, the total funding amount will be about $200,000, depending on the host country. The applicant must propose to work in a laboratory that is different from the country where the doctoral degree was conferred, or first postdoctoral training was performed. For more information, visit



HFSPO was established by the G7 countries and the European Commission at the initiative of former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone of Japan at the 1987 Venice Summit. Open to scientists of every nation, HFSPO is supported by 17 Members, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Commission. The mission of HFSPO is to foster bold, basic, frontier research in the life sciences and interdisciplinary collaborations around the world. Since 1990, more than 8,500 researchers from more than 70 countries have been supported. Of these, 29 HFSP awardees have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

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