Sloan Research Fellowship

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Sloan Research Fellowships
Awarded forrecognition of distinguished performance by early career researchers and their unique potential to make substantial contributions
CountryWorldwide
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] Winners of these two-year fellowships are awarded $75,000, which may be spent on any expense supporting their research. From 2012 through 2020, the foundation awarded 126 research fellowship each year; in 2021, 128 were awarded, and 118 were awarded in 2022.[3]

Eligibility and selection[edit]

To be eligible, a candidate must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and must be a member of the faculty of a college, university, or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada. The candidate must have teaching responsibilities and must be tenure-track but untenured as of September 15 of the nomination year. Only candidates with letters of nomination from department heads or other senior researchers are considered.

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.[4]

An independent committee of distinguished scientists in each field selects the fellows based upon their research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in their chosen field.

Since the inaugural class of 1955, 6,144 fellowships have been awarded, with faculty from the top ten universities representing over 35% of all fellows. MIT counts the most fellows at 309, followed by Berkeley at 291, Harvard at 242, Stanford at 237, and Princeton at 236.[5]

Institution Fellows (1955-2022)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology[6] 309
University of California, Berkeley[7] 291
Harvard University 242
Stanford University[8] 237
Princeton University[9] 236
The University of Chicago[10] 204
University of California, Los Angeles 176
Columbia University[11] 172
Cornell University 159
California Institute of Technology 154

Notable award recipients[edit]

Since the beginning of the program in 1955, 53 fellows have won a Nobel Prize,[12] and 17 have won the Fields Medal in mathematics.[13]

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 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
Andrea M. Ghez[14] Physics 1996 2020
Vladimir Voevodsky Mathematics 1997 2002
Andrei Okounkov Mathematics 2000 2006
Terence Tao Mathematics 1999 2006
David MacMillan Chemistry 2002 2021
Guido Imbens Economics 1995 2021
Notes
  1. ^ Field of the Sloan fellowship
  2. ^ Unless stated, the prize was awarded in the same field as that of the Sloan fellowship

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "90 Scientists and Economists Win Sloan Research Awards". The New York Times. March 10, 1985. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "History". www.sloan.org. Archived from the original on September 8, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "Sloan Research Fellowships". www.sloan.org. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "FAQ | Alfred P. Sloan Foundation".
  5. ^ "Sloan Research Fellows Database". sloan.org. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  6. ^ "Eight from MIT Named Sloan Research Fellows". MIT News. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  7. ^ "Nine Young Faculty Named 2020 Sloan Fellows". Berkeley News. February 12, 2020. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  8. ^ "2022 Stanford Sloan Research Fellows". Stanford News. February 15, 2022. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  9. ^ "Five Princeton Faculty Members Named 2021 Sloan Fellows". Princeton News. February 17, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  10. ^ "Five University of Chicago Scientists Awarded Prestigious Sloan Fellowships". uchicago.edu. February 15, 2022. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  11. ^ "Five Columbia Researchers Named 2022 Sloan Research Fellows". Columbia News. February 15, 2022. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  12. ^ "Nobel Laureates". www.sloan.org. Archived from the original on January 27, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  13. ^ "Fields Medalists". www.sloan.org. Archived from the original on September 8, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  14. ^ "UCLA Galactic Center Group / SELECTED HONORS & AWARDS". www.astro.ucla.edu. 1995–2017. Retrieved October 4, 2021.

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