Sloan Research Fellowships - 2024

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation believes that a carefully reasoned and systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Sloan Research Fellowships are designed to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

The amount of the award is $75,000 for a two-year period.

More information about the Sloan Fellowships


Eligible candidates must:

  • Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, or a related field;
  • Be faculty members of a college, university, or other degree-granting institution in the U.S. or Canada;
  • Be tenure-track, though untenured, as of September 15, 2023 and
  • Have a faculty position that carries a regular teaching obligation.

Nomination Process

Successful candidates for a Sloan Fellowship generally have a strong record of significant independent research accomplishments that demonstrate creativity and the potential to become future scientific leaders. They are normally several years past the completion of their Ph.D. to have accumulated a competitive record of independent, significant research.

A final nomination will consist of the following:

  • A letter from a department head or other senior researcher officially nominating the candidate and describing his or her qualifications, initiative, and research;
  • The candidate's curriculum vitae (including a list of the candidate's scientific publications);
  • Two representative articles by the candidate that highlight their independent research;
  • A brief (one-page) statement by the candidate describing his or her significant scientific work and immediate research plans; and
  • Three letters from other researchers (preferably not all from the same institution) written in support of the candidate’s nomination.


Materials, including reference letters, are submitted electronically through the Foundation's online web portal (available July 15, 2023).


Notice of Intent to Nominate: August 11, 2023 (email if you wish to receive Western Research support and coordination of your nomination).

The final submission deadline for the 2024 fellowships is September 15, 2023.


Potential nominators and nominees are encouraged to contact Awards & Distinctions, Western Research at regarding support and coordination of your nomination.