Each year the Jerome Lejeune Foundation launches a call for postdoctoral fellowships with the aim to support the career development of promising young scientists working on fundamental, translational and clinical aspects of Down syndrome.

Call closed

In 2024, the research conducted by the postdoctoral fellow applicant should be dedicated to:

Down Syndrome and co-occurring disorders

Namely, pathologies that are present also in the general population and for which people with Down syndrome are at increased risk such as (but not limited to) Alzheimer’s disease, autism, leukaemia, epilepsy, hypotonia, immune disorders. Projects must focus on understanding relevant aspects (fundamental and/or clinical) of these co-occurring conditions in the context of Down syndrome. Only research projects focusing on the above topic will be considered for funding.


  • Candidates must hold a doctoral degree or equivalent at the start of the fellowship.
  • The research project of the candidate must be directly related to the topics of the call.
  • The research project is to be conducted within an academic institution.

Important: The funds provided by the Jerome Lejeune Foundation cannot in any way be used to purchase or make use of human embryonic or fetal tissues or another biological material obtained through abortions, IVF or human cloning or to create new human germinal cells.

How are applications selected?

Projects will be evaluated and ranked by a dedicated selection committee composed of 4-6 external reviewers.

All applications are evaluated by the selection committee based on compliance with the eligibility criteria, scientific excellence, novelty, feasibility and potential impact on clinical or therapeutic applications, quality of the research environment and the profile of the applicant.

How much money is awarded ?

The Jerome Lejeune fellowships are awarded for a period of two years to an amount of 130.000 €.

The number of fellowships awarded will depend on the annual budget allocated by the Jerome Lejeune Foundation to the calls.

When can I apply?

The call for postdoctoral fellowships opens from December to February.

How to apply?

Applications must be prepared following the guidelines and submitted via our  online application system.


FJL-Postdoctoral Fellowship – Application Guidelines

FJL-Postdoctoral Fellowship – Project file template


Awarded Postdoctoral fellowships

All years/last 7 years:

Number of fellowships: 25

Total Amount: 3.250.000 €