Sloan Research Fellowship

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Sloan Research Fellowships
Awarded forprovide support and recognition to early-career scientists and scholars
Presented byAlfred P. Sloan Foundation
First awarded1955
WebsiteSloan Research Fellowships official site

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". This program is one of the oldest of its kind in the United States.[1]

Fellowships were initially awarded in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Awards were later added in neuroscience (1972), economics (1980), computer science (1993), computational and evolutionary molecular biology (2002), and Ocean Sciences or Earth Systems Sciences (2012).[2] These two-year fellowships are awarded to 126 researchers yearly.[3]

Eligibility requirements[edit]

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, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, oceanography, 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 the program, and strongly encourages the participation of women and members of underrepresented minority groups."[2]

Notable award recipients[edit]

Since the beginning of the program in 1955, 43 fellows have won a Nobel Prize,[4] and 16 have won the Fields Medal in mathematics.[5]

Sloan Fellowship recipients who became Nobel or Fields Medal laureates[edit]

Name Field[n 1] Sloan year Prize year[n 2]
Richard Feynman Physics 1955 1965
Murray Gell-Mann Physics 1957 1969
Leon N. Cooper Physics 1959 1972
Sheldon Lee Glashow Physics 1962 1979
Steven Weinberg Physics 1961 1979
Val L. Fitch Physics 1960 1980
James W. Cronin Physics 1962 1980
Kenneth G. Wilson Physics 1963 1982
Jack Steinberger Physics 1958 1988
Melvin Schwartz Physics 1959 1988
Frederick Reines Physics 1959 1995
Alan J. Heeger Chemistry 1963 2000 (Physics)
Carl E. Wieman Physics 1984 2001
David J. Gross Physics 1970 2004
H. David Politzer Physics 1977 2004
Frank Wilczek Physics 1976 2004
Theodor W. Hänsch Physics 1973 2005
Donna Strickland Physics 1998 2018
Roald Hoffmann Chemistry 1966 1981
Dudley R. Herschbach Chemistry 1959 1986
Yuan T. Lee Chemistry 1969 1986
John C. Polanyi Chemistry 1959 1986
Elias J. Corey Chemistry 1955 1990
Rudolph A. Marcus Chemistry 1960 1992
Mario J. Molina Chemistry 1976 1995
Robert F. Curl, Jr. Chemistry 1961 1996
Richard E. Smalley Chemistry 1978 1996
Ahmed H. Zewail Chemistry 1978 1999
Alan G. MacDiarmid Chemistry 1959 2000
K. Barry Sharpless Chemistry 1973 2001
Robert H. Grubbs Chemistry 1974 2005
Richard R. Schrock Chemistry 1976 2005
Martin Karplus Chemistry 1959 2013
Arieh Warshel Chemistry 1978 2013
John Forbes Nash Mathematics 1956 1994 (Economics)
Eric Maskin Economics 1983 2007
Roger Myerson Economics 1984 2007
Alvin E. Roth Economics 1984 2012
Lars Peter Hansen Economics 1982 2013
Jean Tirole Economics 1985 2014
Stanley Prusiner Neuroscience 1976 1997 (Medicine)
Paul Lauterbur Chemistry 1965 2003 (Medicine)
Linda B. Buck Neuroscience 1992 2004 (Medicine)
John Milnor Mathematics 1955 1962
Paul Cohen Mathematics 1962 1966
Stephen Smale Mathematics 1960 1966
Heisuke Hironaka Mathematics 1962 1970
John G. Thompson Mathematics 1961 1970
David Mumford Mathematics 1962 1974
Charles Fefferman Mathematics 1970 1978
Daniel G. Quillen Mathematics 1967 1978
William Thurston Mathematics 1974 1982
Shing-Tung Yau Mathematics 1974 1982
Michael H. Freedman Mathematics 1980 1986
Vaughan Jones Mathematics 1983 1990
Curtis T. McMullen Mathematics 1988 1998
Vladimir Voevodsky Mathematics 1997 2002
Andrei Okounkov Mathematics 2000 2006
Terence Tao Mathematics 1999 2006
  1. ^ Field of the Sloan fellowship
  2. ^ Unless stated, the prize was awarded in the same field as that of the Sloan fellowship

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "90 Scientists and Economists Win Sloan Research Awards". The New York Times. 1985-03-10. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  2. ^ a b "History". Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  3. ^ "Sloan Research Fellowships". Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  4. ^ "Nobel Laureates". Archived from the original on 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  5. ^ "Fields Medalists". Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2016-01-22.

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