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Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards Terms and Conditions

Stanford Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards

Award Terms and Conditions

Funding Requirements and Guidelines

Fellows receive annual support of $69,000 over twelve months as either salary or stipend, plus tuition and health benefits. An additional sum of $3,000 is awarded annually to offset fellow-related laboratory expenses. Equipment purchased with these funds belongs to the Department/University. Travel directly related to the research project is allowed, with prior approval from the faculty sponsor and the Scientific Program Manager. The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute strongly encourages fellows to make oral presentations at scientific meetings. To request use of lab expense funding, follow our spending procedures.

Spending Procedures

Funding is guaranteed for the first of a two year award period. Funding starts on January 1. A second year of funding will be awarded based on a progress report submitted towards the end of the first year.

Applicants should be prepared for the fellowship to begin on time and be awarded for two full calendar years. The recipient must be in active postdoctoral scholar status through the duration of the award. The award will be suspended during any leaves of absence, such as a period of medical or parental leave, and resume when the scholar returns to research. Health benefits will continue to be paid by the program during a period of up to 12 weeks of parental leave. Arrangements for redistribution of the remaining funds or extension of the award year are typically made.

The Interdisciplinary Scholar Award is intended to provide full support to the scholars rather than add to existing support. Supplemental support to awardees must be pre-approved by the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Executive Committee.

In accepting this award, the Interdisciplinary Scholar's home department is responsible for adhering to the funding requirements and guidelines. If guidelines are not met, the Interdisciplinary Scholar may be asked to return all or part of the fellowship. For instance:

  • overspending occurs above award amount
  • incorrect expenditure code(s) are used, or
  • falsified or misrepresented information is later determined that effects eligibility

Other Concurrent Fellowship Support and Combination of Awards

If an Interdisciplinary Scholar receives another fellowship award from Stanford or from an outside agency, the Scholar must notify the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. If the two awards combined do not exceed the total support committed to the scholar as part of the terms of appointment, the Interdisciplinary Scholar Award may be retained. If the two awards combined exceed the agreed-upon support for the scholar at the time of reviewing the Interdisciplinary Scholar application, the Interdisciplinary Scholar Award should be adjusted accordingly, up to a complete forfeiture of the award. If an outside award or other funding is used that exceeds the research or PGY pay level, the Interdisciplinary Scholar Award must be declined/turned back unless an exception is granted.

The Fellowship Committee relies on faculty sponsors to report in writing the receipt of external support via e-mail to the Elise Kleeman, Scientific Program Manager.

Program Requirements

All Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Scholars are expected to acknowledge the Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Scholar Award as a source of support in all presentations and on all publications related to their work during the research fellowship period, are required to attend events honoring award recipients, participate in donor events, and submit annual progress reports to the Fellowship Committee.

To acknowledge the Neuroscience Institute, please state the following on your paper and posters "[scholar/s] are/were supported by the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute".  Use of the official Institute logo is required on posters and and in oral presentations.

Progress Reports highlight the fellow's research progress to-date and future plans.  Reports are due each year by the submission deadline; fellows are notified in late spring of their report due date. Satisfactory research progress is necessary for the release of pledged funding in year 2 of the award.

Detailed Progress Reports are 2-3 pages in length (including any graphics or charts), and should include the following:

  1. Overview of proposed research and potential insights gained
  2. Summary of progress and long-term goals
  3. Details of progress and future directions
  4. Include your updated CV with a list of all publications submitted and published