2018 McKnight Scholar Awards

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience invites applications for the 2018 McKnight Scholar Awards.

Background. These awards were established to encourage emerging neuroscientists to focus on disorders of learning and memory. Applicants for the McKnight Scholar Awards must demonstrate interest in solving important problems in relevant areas of neuroscience, including the translation of basic research to clinical neuroscience. Awards are given to exceptional young scientists who hold the M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree and who are in the early stages of establishing an independent laboratory and research career. Traditionally, successful candidates have held faculty positions for at least one year. For the names of previous recipients and their projects, click here. There is no limit on the number of applicants from a single institution.
 
Eligibility. In this competition, up to six McKnight Scholars will be selected to receive three years of support, beginning July 1, 2018.

Applicants must have:

  • An M.D., Ph.D., or other suitable doctorate
  • A record of meritorious research
  • Evidence of a commitment to a career in neuroscience
  • Full-time appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, and must have served at that rank for less than four years at the application deadline. Scientists holding other titles such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible, and time spent in service in those ranks does not count against the four years of service for determining eligibility.
  • No more than four years of experience in an independent faculty position (exceptions may be made to allow for parental leave)
  • Documentation that the sponsoring institution has government approval for the applicant to work in the U.S.

Applicants may not:

  • Be employees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or of the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health
  • Apply in more than two rounds of competition
  • Have already been granted tenure
  • Hold another award from the McKnight Endowment Fund

Amount and purpose of support. Each McKnight Scholar will receive $75,000 annually in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Funds may be used in any way that will facilitate development of the Scholar's research program, but not for indirect costs.

Selection process. A review committee will evaluate applications and invite a select few to interview with the committee. Applicants selected will be notified by mid- to late-March. The interviews are scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2018, in New York City.  The committee will then recommend candidates to the Board of Directors of the Endowment Fund for final decision. Awards will be announced on or before May 15, 2018.

For application form and guidelines, please visit https://www.neuroscience.mcknight.org. 

Completed applications must arrive no later than January 8, 2018. 

Application Due Date

Monday, January 8, 2018