Details below are subject to change prior to the opening of our next application period on May 3, 2021.


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Our goal for the WRF Postdoctoral Fellowships

WRF will support up to 10 new highly creative and dedicated postdoctoral scientists each year at research institutions in Washington state. Fellows will conduct groundbreaking work on their own original projects addressing unmet public needs. Our ultimate goal is for the Fellows’ research to benefit the public through the creation of products and services.

WRF Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Will be chosen by an outstanding external selection committee
  • Will be supported for three years at an eligible research institution in Washington state
  • Will choose the laboratories at which they will conduct their research
  • Will choose a 2022 start date of January 1, April 1, July 1 or October 1
  • Will receive a stipend of $65,000 for the first year, $67,500 for the second year and $70,000 for the third year, plus benefits of up to $20,000 per year
  • Will have a budget of up to $5,000 per year for research supplies, equipment and/or travel
  • Will attend periodic lectures and networking events


  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must have completed a doctorate from an accredited graduate program prior to commencement of their Fellowship. Preference will be given to applicants who gained their PhDs on or after July 1, 2020
  • Can have a background in any STEM field, but preference will be given to applicants whose project proposals are in life sciences and enabling technologies
  • If selected, must be available to attend an interview in Seattle on a date of WRF’s choosing (anticipated to be late-September 2021). WRF will provide a travel allowance. Videoconference interviews might replace in-person interviews if necessary due to COVID-19
  • Must have an institution and lab chosen prior to their interview, if selected

Closing Date for applications: anticipated to be the end of June 2021

Application currently closed

Anticipated selection process and timeline:

  • Following a review of all completed applications by the selection committee, an in-person interview will be offered to each shortlisted candidate. Applicants will be notified in early-August 2021 if they have been shortlisted
  • In-person interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in Seattle in September 2021. Videoconference interviews might replace in-person interviews if necessary due to COVID-19. Please contact us at if you have any questions or concerns about the interview process during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Successful candidates will be notified that they have received a WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship in October 2021

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