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The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Postdoctoral Scholar Awards

2022 Wu Tsai Neuro Interdisciplinary Scholars

Our postdoctoral scholars program provides research support and a community of mentors and peers to extraordinary Stanford postdocs advancing our understanding of the mind and brain in health and disease.

Apply to become a Wu Tsai Neurosciences Postdoctoral Scholar in the Interdesciplinary or Brain Resilience track

Applications are closed for the 2024 postdoctoral scholar awards.

Application and Eligibility

Terms and Conditions

The Program tracks

The Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Scholar Award

Since 2015, the Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Scholars program has supported innovative young researchers who engage in highly interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences, broadly defined. Our postdoctoral scholars have backgrounds in basic and clinical neurosciences, biomedical sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, education, law, business and humanities, and are all engaged in cutting edge research that will advance our understanding of the mind, brain and behavior in health and disease.

The Brain Resilience Postdoctoral Scholar Award of the Knight Initiative

The Brain Resilience Postdoctoral Scholars award of the Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience generate paradigm shifting insights on the mechanisms of neurodegeneration and/or how to maintain brain resilience into old age.

Our Model

This program awards two years of fellowship funding and is pleased to provide parental leave. Postdoctoral scholars also receive $5,000 of discretionary research funds annually.


The program provides scientific and career-growth opportunities and guidance under the leadership of program co-directors and faculty mentors Professors Miriam Goodman and Liqun LuoScholars meet monthly with their cohort and program faculty mentors to share ideas and discuss approaches to scientific and career challenges, visit each other’s labs to learn about different research techniques and areas of study, and practice communicating their research to scientific and general audiences.

In addition, Brain Resilience Postdoctoral Scholars attend events and seminars hosted by the Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience, and are stewarded by Knight Initiative Associate Director Natasha Hussain and faculty mentor Elizabeth Mormino to learn from one another and build community around the topic of neurodegeneration and brain resilience.


The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Postdoctoral program brings together cohorts of postdocs representing the broad range of demographic, experiential and scientific diversity. Women and postdocs from groups underrepresented in the neurosciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

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2022 Wu Tsai Neuro Interdisciplinary Scholars

Wu Tsai Neuro Interdisciplinary Scholars

Wu Tsai Neuro Interdisciplinary Scholars

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholars