(CLOSED) 2020 Sloan Research Fellowships

Sponsor Name: 
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Description of the Award: 

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. 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 qualified women and minority candidates.

Successful candidates receive a $75,000 fellowship awarded to the candidate's institution to be used over a two-year period for any activity supportive of the fellow's research, including (but not limited to) equipment, technical assistance, summer salary support, professional travel, or trainee support.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree in chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field.
  • Be members of the faculty of a college, university, or other degree-granting institution in the U.S. or Canada;
  • Be tenure-track, though untenured, as of September 16, 2019;
  • And the candidate’s faculty position must carry a regular teaching obligation.

For more information or questions, visit: https://sloan.org/fellowships/faq

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Sep 16, 2019
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Upload one PDF file (File name: Last Name_SloanFellowship_2020.pdf) containing the following items in order no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

Title Page:

  • First and Last Name
  • Ph.D. year and field
  • Faculty position and teaching obligation

Nomination Letters:

  • A letter from a department head or other senior researcher describing the applicant's qualifications, initiative, and research
  • Three letters from other researchers (preferably not all from the same institution) written in support of the applicant's nomination

Nomination Letters and Letters of Support are important elements of the selection process and are read carefully by Selection Committees. The letters allow nominators and support writers to give Committee members insight about applicants that is not present in their other application materials (CV, publication list, etc.). Selection Committees recommend that letters of support be submitted by someone who can speak objectively and knowledgeably about the quality and significance of the applicants work. Letters submitted by co-authors, personal associates, or professional mentors are, in this sense, less useful to Selection Committees than letters submitted by those with more professional distance from a applicant’s work.

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Including a list of scientific publications


  • Two representative articles that highlights your independent research


  • A brief (one-page) statement describing significant scientific work and immediate research plans

The point of the research statement is to briefly describe current and future research, since publications lags can sometimes make a CV a less than perfect guide to a candidate's work. There are no specific content requirements.

Formatting Guidelines and Page Limit:

  • Font/size: Times New Roman (10 pt.)

  • Document margins: 0.5” (top, bottom, left and right)

  • Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

Questions concerning the limited submissions process may be submitted to limitedsubs@psu.edu.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 4:00pm
Emami-Meybodi, Hamid (EMS, Energy&Min Eng), Hall Molly (Ag, Vet & Biomed Sci), Huang, Shengxi (CoE, Ele Eng), Landry, Joel (EMS, Eng&Min Eng), Shi, Feifei (EMS, Eng&Min Eng), Smye Andrew (EMS, GeoSci), Zarzar, Lauren (ECoS, Chemistry) 9/3/19