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Sloan Fellowship

The Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation since 1955 to "provide support and recognition to early-career scientists and scholars".

Fellowships were initially awarded in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Awards were later added in neuroscience (1972), economics (1980), computer science (1993), and computational and evolutionary molecular biology (2002).[1] In 2007, 118 young faculty were granted awards.[2]


Eligibility requirements

The foundation has been supportive of scientists who are parents by allowing them extra time after their doctorate during which they remain eligible for the award:
"Candidates for Sloan Research Fellowships are required to hold the Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience or computational and evolutionary molecular biology, or in a related interdisciplinary field, and must be members of the regular faculty (i.e., tenure track) of a college or university in the United States or Canada. They may be no more than six years from completion of the most recent Ph.D. or equivalent as of the year of their nomination, unless special circumstances such as military service, a change of field, or child rearing are involved or unless they have held a faculty appointment for less than two years. If any of the above circumstances apply, the letter of nomination (see below) should provide a clear explanation. While Fellows are expected to be at an early stage of their research careers, there should be strong evidence of independent research accomplishments. Candidates in all fields are normally below the rank of associate professor and do not hold tenure, but these are not strict requirements. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation welcomes nominations of all candidates who meet the traditional high standards of this program, and strongly encourages the participation of women and members of underrepresented minority groups."[1]

Award recipients

Nobel Prize in Physics winners who received Sloan Fellowships

  • 1965 Richard Feynman (SRF 1955)
  • 1969 Murray Gell-Mann (SRF 1957)
  • 1972 Leon N. Cooper (SRF 1959)
  • 1979 Sheldon L. Glashow (SRF 1962)
  • 1979 Steven Weinberg (SRF 1961)
  • 1980 Val L. Fitch ( SRF 1960)
  • 1980 James W. Cronin (SRF 1962)
  • 1982 Kenneth G. Wilson (SRF 1963)
  • 1988 Jack Steinberger (SRF 1958)
  • 1988 Melvin Schwartz (SRF 1959)
  • 1995 Frederick Reines (SRF 1959)
  • 2000 Alan J. Heeger (SRF 1963 - chemistry)
  • 2001 Carl E. Wieman (SRF 1984)
  • 2004 David J. Gross (SRF 1970)
  • 2004 H. David Politzer (SRF 1977)
  • 2004 Frank Wilczek (SRF 1976)
  • 2005 Theodor W. Hansch (SRF 1973)

Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners who received Sloan Fellowships

Nobel Prize in Economics winners who received Sloan Fellowships

  • 1994 John Nash (Sloan Research Fellowship in Mathematics)

Nobel Prize in Medicine winners who received Sloan Fellowships

  • 1997 Stanley Prusiner (Sloan Research Fellowship in Neuroscience)
  • 2004 Linda B. Buck (Sloan Research Fellowship in Neuroscience)

Fields Medalists who received Sloan Fellowships

  • 1962 John Milnor
  • 1966 Paul Cohen
  • 1966 Stephen Smale
  • 1970 Heisuke Hironaka
  • 1970 John G. Thompson
  • 1974 David Mumford
  • 1978 Charles L. Fefferman
  • 1978 Daniel G. Quillen
  • 1982 William Thurston
  • 1982 Shing-Tung Yau
  • 1986 Michael H. Freedman
  • 1990 Vaughn F.R. Jones
  • 1998 Curtis T. McMullen
  • 2002 Vladimir Voevodsky


  1. ^ a b Sloan Research Fellowships brochure]. Retrieved on 2007-10-07.
  2. ^ Sloan Research Fellows 2007]. Retrieved on 2007-10-07.
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