September 15, 2017

Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These 2-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Nominator: Department head or senior researcher. A former advisor can serve as nominator. Nominators can nominate more than one candidate up to a max. of 3 nominations per department, however, they may be asked to rank these candidates at a later stage in the process.

Nominee: Tenure-track position in US or Canada; PhD awarded within past 6 years [after Sept 1, 2011; exceptions may be made for career disruption] in chemistry, computational & evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field. Nominated candidates are normally below the rank of associate professor and do not hold tenure, but these are not strict requirements. The Foundation strongly encourages the nomination of qualified women and minority candidates.

Package: Letter of nomination by department head or other senior researcher; CV, 2 representative articles, 1-page statement of contribution by candidate, 3 letters of support from other researchers, preferably not all from same institution.

Resubmissions: Yes, as long as nominee continues to meet eligibility requirements. New reference letters are required.

Selection: Nominations are reviewed by independent committee of distinguished scientists in each eligible field (all from the U.S. institutions). Fellows are selected on basis of independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to the field.

SFU recipients (7): Michael Thewalt, Physics (1982); John Bechhoefer, Physics (1992); Steven Dodge, Physics (2001); Matthew DeVos, Mathematics (2010); Alexandra Fedorova, Computing Science (2012); Ben Adcock, Mathematics (2015); Leonid Chindelevitch, Computing Science (2016).

Type: National (U.S. & Canada)

Career Level: early

Value: $60,000 over two years

Field: Science