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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Sloan Research Fellowships

Applications due July 26; see submission instructions below

These instructions are for VU investigators. VUMC investigators should visit the OOR funding opportunity site.

Vanderbilt University may nominate up to three tenure-track faculty per department for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s 2022 Sloan Research Fellowships. The goal of the fellowships is 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. The 2022 Sloan Research Fellows will receive fellowships in the amount of $75,000.

The Sloan Research Fellowship Program recognizes and rewards outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study. Successful candidates for a fellowship 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 several years past the completion of their Ph.D. in order to accumulate a competitive record of independent, significant research.

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.

Eligibility requirements

  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, earth system science, neuroscience, physics or a related field.
  • Candidates must be tenure-track, though untenured, as of Sept. 15, 2021.
  • Candidates’ faculty position must carry a regular teaching obligation.

Terms of awards

  • Fellowships are for a two-year term, beginning on Sept. 15 of the award year.
  • Fellowships are paid in a single lump sum.
  • The 2022 fellowship amount will be $75,000.
  • 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).

See the program website and FAQs for more information.

Internal submission instructions

Faculty interested in being nominated for this opportunity must submit the following materials to their department chair and cc: by July 26, 2021:

  • 1-page statement
    • This should describe significant scientific work and immediate research plans, including references
    • This must be written for an expert audience in your respective field
  • CV/NIH Biosketch
    • Include a list of scientific publications

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to