University-wide limited submission opportunity: Beckman Award

Vanderbilt University may nominate one candidate for the 2015 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award.

This award program is intended to support postdoctoral scholars with the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, and to assist in their transition from “mentored yet independent” postdoctoral to an independent, tenure-track position.  Fellows will be appointed for two years, and may begin as early as August of their application year, and no later than Dec. 31.

The award amount will range from $57,000 to $67,000 based on research experience with 75 percent of the award going towards the stipend, which may be supplemented from other sources, and 25 percent used towards research expenditures.

The postdoctoral candidate must also identify an individual who will serve as a mentor in the supervising, training and research experience of the Fellow. The mentor should be an active investigator in the area of the candidate’s proposed research.

The submitted application must be a collaborative effort between the institution, postdoctoral candidate and identified mentor.

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. Nov. 3, 2014.

1.     Brief (2 page maximum) research plan including summary budget;

2.     Brief statement of support from department chair/center director;

3.     A brief CV or NIH Biosketch

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email.

Once received, all proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominee. The chosen nominee will submit a full proposal to the foundation by the Dec. 1, 2014 deadline.

If you have any questions about the foundation or its interest and priorities, contact Vivian Carmichael, Executive Director, Foundation Relations at or (615) 875-4915.