Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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Deadline: Sep 15, 2020 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $75,000

Fields of work: Evolutionary Biology Economics Mathematics Chemistry Physics Neuroscience Molecular Biology Oceanography Computer Science & Engineering Show all

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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About this funder:



Sloan Research Fellowships is by far the oldest program of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, although those who receive the grants are among the youngest researchers the Foundation assists. The Fellowship program has grown in size and cost over the years and now includes several disciplines not covered in the beginning; its purpose – to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise - remains the same.

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

Over the first 17 years of the program, Sloan Research Fellowships were awarded in:

  • physics
  • chemistry
  • mathematics
  • neuroscience in 1972
  • economics in 1980
  • computer science in 1993
  • computational and evolutionary molecular biology in 2002
  • ocean sciences in 2012

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, physics, or a related field.

  • Candidates must be members of the faculty of a college, university, or other degree-granting institution in the U.S. or Canada.

  • Candidates must be tenure-track, though untenured, as of September 15, 2020

  • Candidate’s faculty position must carry a regular teaching obligation.


  • 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.


  • No more than three candidates may be nominated from any one department. 
  • Additionally, no more than three candidates may be nominated for any given Sloan Research Fellowships field.