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Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards Terms and Conditions

Stanford Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards

Contents

Program requirements

Salary/stipend support

Discretionary research funds

Leaves of absence

Contact

Program requirements

  • Scholars are expected to participate fully in program activities, including the institute events to which they will be invited. Examples include events honoring award recipients, symposia and seminars, and donor events.
  • Interdisciplinary Scholars are expected to acknowledge the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar Award as a source of support in all presentations and on all publications related to your work during the research fellowship period. To acknowledge the Neuroscience Institute, please state the following on your paper and posters "[Scholar] is/was supported by the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.” Institute logos are available at https://neuroscience.stanford.edu/logos-official-use.
  • Scholars must submit their annual progress reports to the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar Award Committee by October 1st of each year. Progress reports highlight the scholar’s research progress to date and training progress and plans. Satisfactory completion of the first annual progress report is necessary to release the pledged funding for the second year of the award.

Salary/stipend support

  • Funded scholars will be awarded an annual stipend or salary of $69,000 plus fringe benefits.
  • The funding period for awarded scholars must begin between January 1 and June 1 after the award is conferred. The funding period is two full calendar years; funding is guaranteed for the first year and the second year of funding will be awarded following the satisfactory submission of a complete progress report at the end of the first year.
  • The award is intended to provide full support to scholars. Scholars that receive support from another fellowship must contact Elise Kleeman immediately for approval. In rare cases, contingent upon approval by the Executive Committee, the Interdisciplinary Scholar Award may be used for supplemental support.
  • In accepting the award, the scholar’s home department is responsible for adhering to the funding requirements and guidelines. If guidelines are not met, the scholar may be asked to return all or part of the fellowship. Example violations include: overspending above the award amount, or falsified or misrepresented information that affects eligibility.

Discretionary research funds

  • Scholars receive $3,000 per year in discretionary fund to offset scholar-related laboratory expenses or travel directly related to the research project. Equipment purchased belongs to the Department/University; travel must have prior approval from the faculty sponsor. The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute strongly encourages fellows to present their work when they attend scientific meetings.
  • Any use of discretionary funds requires pre-approval. See the Spending Procedures link below.
  • All purchases and travel must be completed during the award period for the scholar.
  • For information about how to request pre-approval for use of discretionary funds or for payment and reimbursement information, review our spending procedures:
    Spending Procedures
  • Cathy Lau will maintain a Google sheet tracking each scholar’s discretionary fund spending and balances. View only access to these Google spreadsheets will be granted to scholars and their finance administrators.
  • In general, we strongly encourage you to spend the laboratory expense funds during the year they are offered. In special circumstances, carryover may be approved at the discretion of the institute. To request carryover of funds, please send an email to Elise Kleeman at the beginning of the second year of your fellowship, and cc Cathy Lau.
  • Unspent funds remaining at the end of your fellowship will revert to the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.

Leaves of absence

  • The award clock will be stopped during any leaves of absence, such as a period of medical or parental leave, and restart when the scholar returns to research.
  • All Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute scholars are eligible for up to 6 weeks of parental leave at full pay from the Interdisciplinary Scholars program. Refer to Research Policy Handbook 10.3.11 on applying for disability benefits for maternity leave. If the Scholar is eligible for disability benefits, full pay will equal a combination of a supplement from the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholars program plus any benefits available from the disability carrier. Additionally, health benefits will continue to be paid by the program during a period of up to 12 weeks of medical or parental leave.

Contact

  • Should you have any questions regarding your appointment, please contact the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute staff. Program operation: Melissa Landeros, Academic & Student Services Coordinator; travel and research fund approval and other inquiries: Elise Kleeman, Scientific Program Manager.