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Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards

Stanford Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards

The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards provide funding to extraordinary postdoctoral scientists at Stanford University engaging in highly interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences broadly defined. 

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Scholars must have a faculty sponsor (required) and may recruit a co-sponsor from a different field (optional).  Alternatively, scholars may focus their postdoctoral training in a field or discipline different from their graduate training.

Scholarships will be awarded annually. The selected scholars will be provided funding for two years. This award is intended to provide primary fellowship support to the scholar, but sponsors may supplement stipends from research awards with prior approval from the Neurosciences Institute. If a postdoc is awarded another fellowship, the Institute should be notified immediately by e-mail to the Program Coordinator. Refer to the Terms and Conditions for more detail. The funding is to be utilized for payments toward tuition, salary, and health benefits

In addition to receiving fellowship support, the scholars meet for quarterly luncheons, visit each other’s labs to learn about different areas of study and research techniques, develop skills to communicate with a non-scientific audience, and present “elevator pitches” of their research aims and accomplishments to the Executive Committee. 

Candidates 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. The awardees are announced annually in December.

Women and under-represented minority postdocs are encouraged to apply.

Applying for Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards

The application deadline for the 2021 awards is due September 8, 2020. 

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Interdisciplinary Scholar Award Announcements

Announcing the 2019 Interdisciplinary Scholar Award Recipients