Required with the application are a faculty sponsor statement, a co-sponsor statement (if any), 1-2 additional letters of recommendation, description of any present sources of tuition or stipend funding and a curriculum vitae.
Key Dates for 2020 Scholar Awards
Application Deadline - September 3, 2019, at 5:00 pm PDT, including faculty sponsor statement(s) and recommendation letters
Notification of Awards - December 2019
Award Start Date - Funding may begin between January 1, 2020 and June 1, 2020
Funding Period - One year of funding from start date, renewable for a second year of funding.
To Apply Online Application
- The applicant must be appointed as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University at the time the award begins. If the applicant is not an appointed scholar at the time of the application deadline, additional documents must be submitted with the application (contact the Program Manager for details). The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute interdisciplinary scholar awards are not to be used for recruiting purposes. Instructors and Research Associates may not apply.
- Applicants must hold an MD, a PhD and/or a DVM/VMD degree(s).
- The faculty mentor/sponsor and co-sponsor (if any) must be appointed at Stanford University. A co-sponsor is not required. Acting and consulting appointees are not eligible to be a sponsor or co-sponsor.
- The faculty sponsor and co-sponsor should be Neurosciences Institute Faculty Affiliates. Any interested Stanford faculty member is invited to join Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
- Foreign scholars may have J-1 (receiving stipends) or H1B visas (receiving salary). Citizenship is not a selection factor.
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute is committed to offering equal opportunity employment and encourages applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, cultural or ethnic background, gender, sexual preference, and disability.
Additional Application Guidelines:
- A faculty sponsor may not have more than one funded Neurosciences Institute fellow at a time.
- A faculty member may sponsor one (1) application and/or serve as a co-sponsor on no more than two (2) applications per cycle.
- Funding is restricted to support investigative activities that are focused in the interdisciplinary neurosciences, which may include basic science, translational and applied science, and the social sciences, and that are conducted under the direction of a Stanford University faculty member.
- If the postdoctoral scholar currently has other fellowships, or has applied to fellowships that may be awarded during the Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar Award period, full disclosure of the names, amounts and dates of the other award(s) must be made in the application materials.
Review Process and Selection Criteria
All applications will be reviewed by a panel of faculty drawn from the Schools of Humanities & Sciences, Engineering and Medicine with expertise in neuroscience. Applicants will be notified of results in December.
The review process focuses on the applicant, the interdisciplinarity of the research and training opportunity, and the potential impact of the proposed research.
The Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards selection committee reviews applications based on:
- Applicant qualifications.
- Scientific merit of the proposal. The proposal must be written by the applicant and reviewed by the faculty sponsor.
- Interdisciplinary approach to the neurosciences broadly defined.
- The applicant's career path, academic focus and progress to-date.
- Number of years of postdoctoral research training since latest doctoral degree, with preference to applicants in the first two years of their post-residency or postdoctoral training. If considerable time has elapsed since the doctoral degree, and that time was not spent engaged in research or clinical residency, the applicant is expected to describe in the application how the time was spent.
Note: The committee does not provide feedback on individual applications.
Applications are to be submitted via the online application service at neuroscience.slideroom.com. No printed documents are to be mailed directly to our program.
The Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards application will only be visible during the application period shown in the table of key dates above. A complete application and supporting letters must be submitted online by the deadline.
Please begin the online application with enough time to allow the system to solicit the required letters prior to the application deadline.
Please carefully read the Eligibility Criteria and the Review Process and Selection Criteria sections of this page. You will also need to read the full Terms and Conditions of the program before you start the application process.
Detailed instructions about the Application Material is found here.
- Fellowship support to advance your research
- Develop skills to communicate with a non-scientific audience.
- Practice “elevator pitches” of your research aims and accomplishments.
- Meet for quarterly luncheons with Institute faculty.
- Visit the other Neurosciences Institute Scholar labs to learn about different areas of study and research techniques.
Postdocs in a variety of disciplines will be considered: basic and clinical neurosciences, biomedical sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, engineering and experts in human behavior from the fields of education, law, business, and humanities.
Women and under-represented minority postdocs are encouraged to apply.