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The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship Program

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2014
Award Amount: USD $50,000 over two years
Research Areas: Chemistry, Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Ocean Sciences and Physics (note that these are fields, not departments)
Program Attachments and more information sloan.org/sloan-research-fellowships/
Eligibility: Within 6 years of completing PhD

For further information contact: Maureen Martin, Executive Director, Foundation Relations, martinms@umich.edu
The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Michigan performs well in this competition. In 2014, three faculty members at Michigan received fellowships. A list of all 93 fellows since 1956 at U-M is attached. The foundation receives about 700 applications per year and will award 126.

Advice from Michigan's Fellows
  • Your letter writers are important. Name recognition and caliber matter. They prefer references that go beyond your PhD or Postdoc advisors.
  • Highlight your most impressive publications. They look for individuals who get invited to talks and who publish frequently. Because the application is so short, they will look closely at your CV and publishing history
  • Your one page research statement is reviewed by faculty, but keep the language broadly accessible.
  • Highlight the unique aspects of your work and how it is game-changing.
  • Make sure the narrative is interesting, some even suggest using a well-placed image on the page.
  • Avoid using creative font sizes and margins to skirt the page limit.
Candidates must be nominated by a department head or other senior researcher. Up to three candidates from a department may be nominated. Funds may be used for equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, trainee support, or any other activity directly related to the fellow's research. To be eligible, nominees must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences (including marine biology), physics, or a related field; hold a tenure track (or equivalent) position at a college, university, or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada; and be no more than six years from completion of their most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) as of the year of their nomination.

Proposal Assistance
For assistance with project framing or proposal editing and review, you are welcome to contact Foundation Relations:
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