2023 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. 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 scholars in the sciences, the Foundation strongly encourages the nomination of qualified Black, Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native and women candidates.

Successful candidates receive a $75,000 fellowship awarded to the candidate's institution to be used over a two-year period for 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 selected on the basis of their independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to their field.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree in chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, 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 15, 2022;
  • And the candidate’s faculty position must carry a regular teaching obligation.

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

Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Sep 15, 2022
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Upload one PDF file (File name: Last Name_SloanFellowship_2023.pdf) containing the following items in sequence no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

Title Page:

  • Name and departmental affiliation
  • Ph.D. year and discipline (chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field)
  • Faculty position and teaching obligation


  • A brief (one-page max.) 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.
    • Per the Sloan guidelines for references, "Try to fit them in the footnotes of page 1, but if you can't do it, putting references on a second page is acceptable. "

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Including a list of scientific publications


  • Two representative articles that highlights your independent research

Formatting Guidelines and Page Limit:

  • Font/size: Times New Roman (at least 11 pt.font size)
  • Document margins: 0.5” (top, bottom, left and right)
  • Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)
To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 4:00pm
For help or questions: 

The Office Foundation Relations is available to consult on proposal narrative elements and answer other foundation-related questions. Please contact Sophie Penney, Director of Foundation Relations at University Park (swp2@psu.edu or 814-867-0547) for additional support.