Final Program Announcement

May 28, 2019 - Effective today, this website will no longer accept fellowship applications for the ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship program.  This program has now ended and has been replaced.  If you are looking for the new program, please visit the NSF SBIR Innovative Postdoctoral Entrepreneurial Fellowship (NSF I-PERF) on-line at:


Nov 05, 2018 -  Thank you for your helping to make the ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship (SBPRDF) program a success. The SBPRDF has placed more than 130 high-impact postdoctoral scholars in some of the nation's most promising startups. There is more to opportunity to come.


The SBPDF is being replaced by a new program with new aims and policies. Current SBPRDF fellows with one year appointments will not receive extensions due to the lack of available funds under the SBPRDF program. The new program will be announced in the spring of 2019. 


Until further notice, early career STEM PhDs who are interested in a fellowship in the new program may use this site to complete all profile information for new program. Otherwise, this website is now closed.


An email will go out to all potential postdocs and eligible host companies registered on this website when funding for a new cohort comes available. 


For further information, please email

Last Updated: May 28, 2019 12:40 PM