• Proposal: 02/15/2020


  • Amount: $225,000
  • Duration: 3 years


The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation announce the opening of its 2020 competition for research fellowships in the neurosciences.

Previously known as the Klingenstein Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences, this year’s awards are the seventh from this joint project of the Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation. The awards are among the nation’s oldest and most illustrious fellowships for young investigators in neuroscience research.

Aimed at advancing cutting-edge investigations, the awards are presented to highly promising, early career scientists. At this critical juncture in young investigators’ careers, when funding can be a challenge, the fellowship awards promote higher-risk, and potentially higher-reward, projects.

The Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation recognize that to accomplish this goal it is necessary to encourage a variety of new approaches. Several areas within the neurosciences are of particular interest:

  • Cellular and molecular neuroscience—Studies of the mechanisms of neuronal excitability and development, and of the genetic basis of behavior.
  • Neural systems—Studies of the integrative function of the nervous system.
  • Translational research—Studies designed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and our understanding of the causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

  1. To qualify for an award, investigators must hold the Ph.D. and/or M.D. degrees, and have completed all research training, including post-doctoral training. Applications will be reviewed, and selections made by an Advisory Committee of distinguished neuroscientists.
  2. Candidates must have a tenure track appointment or equivalent. A letter indicating the commitment of institutional resources to establish the investigator and the prospects for long term support by the institution must be provided by an institutional official (i.e. dean), including date of appointment.
  3. The candidate must be an independent investigator at a university, medical center or research institute and be within 4 years of completing postdoctoral training and the start of his/her tenure track or equivalent appointment (between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2020).
  4. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but it is expected that candidates will be permanent residents of the U.S. and that their research will be carried out in U.S. institutions.
  5. Applicants must inform the Fund of other sources of funding. Although there is no strict prohibition against holding more than one fellowship at one time, the Fund may take other funding into account when deciding whether to make an Award.

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