Our WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship application period is currently closed. Details below are from spring 2021. The next application is expected to open in spring 2022.


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Our goal for the WRF Postdoctoral Fellowships

WRF supports 10 new highly creative and dedicated postdoctoral scientists each year at research institutions in Washington state. Fellows conduct groundbreaking research on their own original projects addressing unmet public needs. Our ultimate goal is for the Fellows’ research to benefit the public, through enabling innovative discoveries that eventually lead to the creation of new products and services.

WRF Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Are chosen by an outstanding external selection committee
  • Receive three years of support at an eligible research institution in Washington state
  • Choose the laboratories at which they will conduct their research
  • Select a 2022 start date of January 1, April 1, July 1 or October 1
  • Receive a salary 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
  • Have a budget of up to $5,000 per year for research supplies, equipment and/or travel
  • Attend periodic lectures and networking events


  • Must be eligible 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 for an interview, must be available via Zoom on September 25 or 26, 2021 at WRF’s discretion
  • If selected for an interview, candidates must identify the institution and lab in which they will conduct their research, plus submit a letter of support from their prospective PI

Closing Date for applications: end of the day on June 27, 2021

Application currently closed

PDF of application (for reference only: please apply through the link above)

Information sessions will be held via Zoom on the dates listed below. Please click on the link to attend:

  • Friday, May 14, 2021 from 10-11 a.m. (Pacific)
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 2-3 p.m. (Pacific)

Prior registration is not required, but questions can be sent in advance to postdoc@wrfseattle.org.

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Selection process and timeline:

  • All applications, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the end of the day on Sunday, June 27, 2021
  • Following a review of all completed applications by the selection committee, a Zoom interview will be offered to each shortlisted candidate. Applicants will be notified in mid-to-late August 2021 if they have been shortlisted
  • Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on September 25 and 26, 2021 via Zoom
  • If selected for an interview, candidates must provide a letter of support from their prospective PI prior to their interview
  • Successful candidates will be notified that they have received a WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship in October 2021

About Us

WRF supports STEM research at nonprofit institutions in Washington state, with a focus on life sciences and enabling technologies.

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Contact Us

If you have further questions, please contact us at postdoc@wrfseattle.org.