Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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Grant amount: US $60,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 15, 2020 8:59pm PDT

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 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.

  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field;

  • Candidates' most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) must have been awarded on or after September 1, 2010.

    • The Selection Committees may make exceptions for candidates who were awarded their Ph.D. prior to September 1, 2010 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, 2014.


  • 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.