Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) - Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP)


Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)


Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP)

For More Information

Please see the sponsor’s website and Request for Proposals document (includes the link to the online application system) for more information.


The PDEP provides funds to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.  This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant. 


Applicants for the Postdoctoral Enrichment Award:

  • must have no more than 36 months of postdoctoral research experience (in a research laboratory) at the time of application and not be more than 5 years from his/her Ph.D.
  • must be nominated by a qualified mentor at the degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions) where the applicant will conduct the postdoctoral/fellowship training. Applications must be approved by an official responsible for sponsored programs (generally from the grants office, office of research, or office of sponsored programs) at the degree-granting institution
  • must have secured a postdoctoral position with funding (including support by the mentor’s existing research grants) at a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada and must begin the postdoctoral position on or by the designated award commencement date
  • must be underrepresented minorities (i.e. American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)
  • must be citizens of the United States or Canada (at the time of application)
  • must devote at least 75% of time to research

Funding Availability

Generally, up to 10 awards will be granted for enrichment activities annually.

Maximum Project Value


Indirect Costs


Project Duration

3 years

Special Notes

Applicants must first complete the eligibility quiz to determine eligibility to apply. If applicant meets the eligibility criteria, they will be allowed to access the application form.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application/proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

How to Apply

Upon approval from the Office of Research Services, PI’s are to submit their online proposal through BWF’s Internet Grant Application Module (IGAM) by January 15, 2016 4:00 pm ET. The proposal submission site or grant application portal will be available by October 15, 2015.

For Questions, please contact

Alfred M. Mays, Program Officer
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Email:  amays@bwfund.org (Include "2016 PDEP" as the subject line)

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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