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Q: How does the selection process work and what are the (approximate) timelines?

  • Your application, including reference letters, must be received by WRF via Embark no later than the end of day on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
  • The selection committee will review all applications and choose applicants to interview. All applicants will be notified in August 2018 whether or not they will be interviewed.
  • Interviews will take place between September 15-23 in Seattle on a day of WRF's choosing. A travel allowance will be provided.
  • All finalists will be notified no later than November 2018 whether or not they will receive a WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Q: Who is eligible to apply?

  • You must be an American citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder). Documentation of the right to work will be required if you are selected for an interview.
  • Preference will be given to applicants receiving their PhDs on or after July 1, 2017.
  • Fellows must be ready to start their WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship in calendar year 2019 on one of the quarterly start dates.

Q: Can I still apply if I earned my PhD before July 1, 2017?

  • Yes, although preference will be given to those who have earned their PhDs on or after July 1, 2017.

Q: Can I apply this year if I won’t be ready to start my Fellowship until after 2019?

  • No.

Q: When do I need to be able to start my WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship?

  • You must be able to start in calendar year 2019 on January 1, April 1, July 1 or October 1.

Q: WRF has "a focus on life sciences and enabling technologies." I have a physical sciences background. Does that mean I can't apply?

  • WRF welcomes applications from all STEM researchers who meet the eligibility requirements. Although our focus is on life sciences and enabling (related) technologies, great research is often the result of inderdisciplinary collaborations. Our preference is for projects addressing life sciences problems, but all STEM researchers are encouraged to apply.

General Application

Q: I am having problems with the online application. Who can help me with that?

  • Please contact Embark through the Help link at the bottom of the application page.

Q: Why do you require a start date in 2019?

  • WRF will be providing training and networking to each cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows. In order to foster collaboration and a sense of community, it is important to have a defined start time.

Q: Why are you asking about my ethnic background and gender?

  • WRF wants its candidate pool to be inclusive in this and future years. Responses to the optional demographics questions will not be viewed by the selection committee.

Uploading Documents

Q: I have several publications that I would like to attach to my online submission. How do I upload multiple documents?

  • The application allows multiple uploads by clicking the “Add Publication” button. If you experience difficulties, please contact Embark through the Help link at the bottom of the application page.

Q: If I upload my graduate school transcript, it won’t be “official.” Do I need to have my school send you a sealed hard copy?

  • If chosen for an interview, you may be asked to provide us with an official transcript.

Essay Questions

Q: If I go over the word limit on my essays, will they be nullified?

  • The word limits (where stated) are strict in all sections. Exceeding the word limit in any section will prohibit the submission of your application. You will receive a prompt asking you to go back and amend the word limit if necessary.

Q: What is WRF looking for in the personal essays?

  • We want to understand the drivers for your interest in science and what you hope to accomplish, meaningful experiences and work (volunteer or paid) that have shaped your career path, and any additional information that you think is helpful or important for us to know in support of your application.

Recommender Questions

Q: Can I submit more than five recommenders electronically?

  • No.

Q: Will recommendations be accepted after the deadline?

  • This is unlikely, and only if you have received written permission in advance from WRF.

Deferrals/Other awards

Q: If I am awarded a WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship alongside another fellowship, scholarship or grant, do I need to turn it down in order to accept the WRF Fellowship?

  • No.

Q: Can I defer current departmental funding and apply for a WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship?

  • Yes.

Note: WRF reserves the right to change this schedule as needed.