SRF Post-doctoral Fellowship Application Guidelines

Schedule for 2018-2019 Grants

Submission Deadlines

  • New Grants: Received by December 15, 2017
  • Continuing Grants: Received by December 31, 2017

Review of Applications

  • Review: March/April 2018
  • Funding Available: April 30, 2018

Required Submission Materials

  • Completed, signed application
  • Letter from sponsoring principal investigator
  • Relevant supplemental material appended to application
  • Research proposal
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

The Scleroderma Research Foundation is dedicated to bringing talented early-career scientists to scleroderma research. The Scleroderma Research Foundation Fellows Program aims to attract outstanding postdoctoral fellows with strong records of accomplishment, who have a clear sense of direction and/or novel idea they wish to develop in the field of scleroderma research. In particular, the SRF encourages exploration of new approaches and hypotheses on the pathogenesis of scleroderma.

Up to two, two-year postdoctoral fellowships in scleroderma research will be awarded, with a stipend of $35,000-$55,000 to support the candidate. Funding support from the SRF is in the form of a grant.

Mission of the Scleroderma Research Foundation

In its mission to find a cure for scleroderma, the Scleroderma Research Foundation seeks to advance research by: promoting collaboration and cross-institutional cooperation among scientists in a variety of disciplines; attracting promising new scientists to scleroderma research; maintaining scleroderma Centers of Excellence; and bringing new technology and thinking to the field of scleroderma research.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Completion of PhD or MD prior to appointment


Before submitting a fellowship application, the applicant must identify a sponsoring institution and an individual who will serve as a sponsor and will supervise the training and research experience. The sponsoring institution may be private or public non-profit.

The applicant's sponsor should be an active investigator in the area of the proposed research who will directly supervise the candidate's research. The sponsor must document the availability of staff, research support, and facilities for high-quality research training.


Applicants who accept an award from the Scleroderma Research Foundation may be asked to account for how they have spent their grants. Grant recipients will be required to attend the annual SRF Scientific Workshop to present their research.

Scientific Conduct and IRB Approval

The Scleroderma Research Foundation does not assume responsibility for the conduct of the investigation or the acts of the investigator, because the investigator's conduct and actions are under the direction and control of the grantee institution and subject to the institution's medical and scientific policies. Grantee institutions must safeguard the rights and welfare of individuals who participate as subjects in research activities by reviewing proposed activities through an Institutional Review Board (IRB) as specified by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office for Human Research Protections, DHHS (OHRP). Furthermore, grantee institutions must adhere to current U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines regarding financial conflict of interest, recombinant DNA, research misconduct, and vertebrate animals. The Awardee's institution must assure appropriate governance of animal studies as well as human studies.

Application Procedure

1. Open and Save the SRF Post-doctoral Grant Application. Click here for application.

2. Complete the application according to the above guidelines.

3. Copy the completed application onto a flash drive or other removable media. You may prefer to create a PDF copy of your application and then save it on the flash drive or other removable media.

4. Print and Sign the completed application.

5. Ship by overnight carrier two (2) hardcopies of the signed, completed application, research proposal, relevant appendix material, three letters of recommendation and one (1) flash drive or other removable media to:

Grants Administrator
Scleroderma Research Foundation
220 Montgomery, Suite 484
San Francisco, CA 94104

For more information, contact Grant Support at:
Tel: 415-834-9444
Fax: 415-834-9177
Email Grant Support

Submission Deadline

  • December 15, 2017 (new applications)
  • December 31, 2017 (continuing grants)

Review Considerations

Completed applications will be evaluated by the SRF Scientific Advisory Board.

Fellows will be selected on the basis of previous achievements, the commitment of the applicant, sponsor and sponsoring institution to scleroderma research, the scientific and technical merit of the research proposal, and the relevance of the proposal to the SRF's ongoing research program.