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Bisgrove Scholar Program

Science Foundation Arizona

Grant amount: US $200,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 4, 2019 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Arizona

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 3 years of receiving their PhD

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This Program aspires to become nationally recognized in its ability to empower outstanding young scholars with the independence needed to contribute new knowledge through scholarship and service. The future of Arizona is linked to the creativity and competitiveness of highly imaginative researchers in science and engineering. They must be innovative and creative, bold and entrepreneurial, and capable of scholarship that will be recognized as world class.

Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) will continue the Bisgrove Scholar Program for recruitment, retention, and mentoring of top tier post-doctoral and early tenure track scientists and engineers to Arizona. Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 Bisgrove Scholar Request for Proposals (RFP).  The Bisgrove Scholar Program is designed to assist the recruitment, retention, and mentoring of top tier Early Career scientists and engineers to Arizona’s Research Performing Institutions

  • Help the RPIs in Arizona recruit and retain the highest quality academic early career scientists and engineers. 
  • Support a period of innovative research in strategic areas that enhances the Scholar’s career, attracting industry and federal funding. 
  • Provide the Scholar with a mentoring framework enabling her/his professional success.
  • Encourage Scholars to work in new or emerging fields of important innovative and entrepreneurial and use-inspired research.

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  • Only one proposal per institution, nominating up to seven (7) Scholars, is permitted. 
  • Eligible candidates for a Bisgrove Early Career award must be one of the following:
    • An individual with no prior tenure track faculty or equivalent experience and employed by the RPI after the date of the release of the 2017 Bisgrove RFP, (March 20, 2016).
      • Ideally, the selected scholar may go directly from the PhD degree to a tenure track position. But it is understood that the feasibility of this is field dependent and many successful candidates will have acquired one to two years of postdoctoral experience.
      • Under extenuating circumstances such as a significant shift in research focus, nominees with up to three years postdoctoral experience may be considered.
    • An individual working in Research Performing Institutions not following the classic university style tenure career structure but an equivalent career structure. An explanation of this equivalent career structure should be included with the application
  • Disciplines of research and teaching are to be in science and engineering.
  • The Scholar must:
    • be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States;
    • have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status); or
    • be on an H-1B visa.