(OPEN) Limited Submission: Sloan Research Fellowships

  • Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Internal Deadline: July 14, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2017 at 11:59PM EDT
  • Link: https://sloan.org/fellowships

Please note that the internal deadline for this competition has passed. However, submission slots for some of the eight Eligible Fields are still available. If you are interested in nominating a candidate for this program, department heads must contact Lauren Sisko at limsub@uga.edu with the name of the intended candidate, their department, and the Eligible Field for which they are being nominated. Candidates may be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis as long as submission slots are still available.

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These fellowships are awarded yearly to researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Winners represent the best young scholars across eight fields: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

  • $65,000 USD

A total of 126 fellowships are available each year. Fellowships are for a two-year term, beginning on September 15th of the award year. Fellowships are paid in a single lump sum. The 2018 fellowship amount will be $65,000.

Fellowship funds may be used by the fellow for any expense judged supportive of the fellow’s research including staffing, professional travel, lab expenses, equipment, or summer salary support. Fellowship funds may not be used for indirect costs or overhead charges.

Fellows are obligated to notify the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation if they are changing institutions. Once per year, Fellows (or their institution) are obligated to submit both a substantive report (detailing what is being done) and a financial report (detailing how much money has been spent and on what).


  • In order to be considered, a candidate must have a letter of nomination from a department head or other senior researcher. Submissions unaccompanied by a nomination letter from a senior researcher are not accepted.
  • Candidates must hold a tenure track (or equivalent) position at a college, university, or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada. Tenure track faculty positions at the candidate’s institution must include a yearly teaching requirement.
  • Successful candidates generally have a strong record of significant independent research accomplishments that demonstrate creativity and the potential to become future leaders in the scientific community. Nominated candidates are normally below the rank of associate professor and do not hold tenure, but these are not strict requirements.
  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in one of the eight eligible fields (see below), or in a related field.
  • Candidates’ most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) must have been awarded on or after September 1, 2011. The Selection Committees may make exceptions for candidates who were awarded their Ph.D. prior to September 1, 2011 if their careers were disrupted due to military service, child-rearing, or a change of field. The Committees may also make exceptions for candidates who are currently serving in their first faculty position and who were appointed to that position on or after September 1, 2015.
  • In keeping with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s longstanding support of underrepresented minorities in the sciences, the Foundation strongly encourages the nomination of qualified women and minority candidates.

Eligible Fields

  1. Chemistry
  2. Computer science
  3. Computational & evolutionary molecular biology
  4. Economics
  5. Mathematics
  6. Neuroscience
  7. Ocean sciences
  8. Physics

Limitation Details

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation restricts the number of institutional nominations to three per department. In addition, no more than three faculty members can be nominated to any one of the eight award categories.

To compete for one of these fellowships, a candidate must obtain a letter of nomination from a department head or senior researcher and submit an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity
    • Candidate name, position, department, and UGA office contact information
    • Nominator name, position, department, and UGA office contact information
    • The award category for which the candidate is competing (Chemistry, Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Ocean Sciences, OR Physics)
  • A brief (one-page) statement that describes the candidate’s significant scientific work and immediate research plans
  • A letter of nomination from a department head or senior researcher that describes the candidate’s qualifications, initiative, and research
  • Candidate CV
  • One paragraph written by the candidate stating why they would be the most competitive for this particular program

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to Lauren Sisko at limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, see the program’s FAQ page or email the Foundation at researchfellows@sloan.org.

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