Simons Foundation Independence Awards

Deadline: 1/10/2024

In order to advance the frontiers of research in science, the Simons Foundation recognizes the need for a diversity of ideas and perspectives contributing to the scientific enterprise. To that end, the foundation supports talented early-career scientists from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds as they transition from mentored training to independent research positions.

The foundation is currently accepting applications for independence awards offered through the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) and Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain (SCPAB).

Applications for the three programs are due on January 10, 2024, with the final selection of fellows expected in July 2024. Simons Foundation staff will hold an informational webinar covering all three independence awards on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 12 p.m. ET. Those interested in attending should register for the webinar in advance.

Selected applicants will receive up to two years of postdoctoral support with an annual salary of $85,000 plus a yearly resource and professional development allowance of $10,000. Upon assumption of an approved tenure-track faculty position (or equivalent), fellows will receive grant funding of $600,000 total over three years.

All three award programs are open to individuals who self-identify as members of diverse groups within these categories: race, ethnicity, disadvantaged social or economic background, gender identity, sexual orientation and disability status. Each program focuses on different research areas.



Last Updated 11/02/2023