The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation invites you to submit an application for a 2015 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award.

Your institution may submit one application for an award.  Applications are due December 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is pleased to announce the Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award. This award program is intended to support postdoctoral scholars with the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, and to assist in their transition from “mentored yet independent” postdoctoral to an independent, tenure-track position. Nearly all successful academic careers in science at present begin with a postdoctoral period of additional training and development prior to the first tenure tract appointment. These individuals are expected to become the next generation of leaders and innovators in science, engineering, and technology.

Fellows will be appointed for two years, and may begin as early as August of their application year, and no later than December 31.  The award amount will range from $57,000 – $67,000 based on research experience with 75% of the award going towards the stipend, which may be supplemented from other sources, and 25% used towards research expenditures.

The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award is a merit based program; issue of gender, race and financial need should not be considered contributing factors in the application review process or in the selection of the postdoctoral candidate.

Before submitting an application, invited institutions must identify a postdoctoral candidate, and an individual who will serve as a mentor in the supervising, training and research experience of the Fellow. The mentor should be an active investigator in the area of the candidate’s proposed research. The submitted application must be a collaborative effort between the institution, postdoctoral candidate and identified mentor.

At the time of application, the identified candidate for the postdoctoral fellowship award must be a United States Citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for Permanent Residence.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation established by Dr. and Mrs. Beckman in 1977. The mission of the foundation is to make grants to non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Please see the Program Overview &Submission Process at the proposal requirements. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact the Foundation at (949) 721-2222 or email the Program Administrator, at

Information regarding other programs supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is available on our Website at

Jacqueline Dorrance
Executive Director and CEO
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
100 Academy, Irvine, CA 92617
(949)721-2222  Phone
(949)721-2225  Fax

OSU is celebrating National Postdoc Appreciation Week with the third annual Postdoc Research Symposium on Oct. 9.  There will be a wine/appetizer/poster session in MU 49 (Horizon Conference Room – the old bookstore) from 5 to 7 p.m. Provost Sabah Randhawa will be speaking shortly after 5 p.m. For more information about the OSU Postdocs Association, see

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 – $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.  Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000.  These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S.  Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply, and a list of participating laboratories, are available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Web site (see link above)

Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or

There are four annual review cycles.


Review Cycle:  May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1

Review Cycle:  August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1

Review Cycle:  November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1

Review Cycle:  February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1


Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.  More detailed information and an online application can be found at


1.  ACS Graduate Education Advisory Board (GEAB) seeks information on IDPs

Does your department or university have an Individual Development Plan in place for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars? If this plan is public knowledge, please find the time to complete a brief online questionnaire to share this information with ACS:

2.  Nationally connected Chemistry Graduate Student Organizations (CGSO)

ACS has been working with graduate students to build a framework for the creation of a nationally connected body of chemistry graduate student organizations, one that ACS can support. If you are a governing member of a CGSO (or postdoctoral group) at your department, please join the national CGSO group by completing a simple online form:

3.  Postdoc to Faculty workshop,

For postdocs (only) who are planning to apply for chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering faculty positions. The top 4 applications from women postdocs will be awarded the Dan Su Travel Award, valued at $2,000.

Deadline: April 21, 2014

When: August 8 – 9, 2014

Where: San Francisco, CA (just prior to, and in conjunction with the ACS fall national meeting).

4.  Academic Employment Initiative (AEI) poster session,

Any senior graduate student or postdoc who is interested in applying for faculty positions, and who submits a valid abstract by the deadline, is welcome to participate in this event.

Deadline: March 31, 2014

When: 8 – 10 PM Monday, August 11, 2014

Where: San Francisco, CA (SciMix at the fall national meeting)

5.  Host a career workshop for graduate students and postdocs at your department,

Workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

When: Any time of the year, given at least one month’s notice.

Where: At your department.


For more information on these and other opportunities for grad students and postdocs, including the ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist, please contact or visit

All faculty, staff, students, and postdocs are welcome to celebrate the yearly OPAW, hosted by the OSU Postdoctoral Association (OPA) and the Office of Postdoctoral Programs, and acknowledge the work of OSU postdocs at the Postdoc Poster Session in the MU ballroom Oct. 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m., accompanied by wine and cheese. Don’t miss out on the vendor show (2.30-6.30 p.m.) and free chair massages for participating postdocs (2.30-4.30 p.m.)

Deadline: August 14, 2013

Announcement: early November 2013

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation seeks to further the development of scientific leadership in the field of environmental chemistry with a postdoctoral fellowship program. The Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry provides a principal investigator with an award of $120,000 over two years to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow in environmental chemistry.