Candidates for Sloan Research Fellowships 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;
- Be members of the teaching faculty (i.e., tenure track) of a college, university or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada;
- Normally, be no more than six years from completion of their most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) as of the year of their nomination.**
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.
**Selection committees may make exceptions for candidates who are more than six years from their most recent Ph.D. due to military service, a change of field, or child-rearing responsibilities or who have held a faculty appointment for less than two years. If any of these circumstances apply, a clear explanation should be included in the candidate's nomination letter.
Candidates must be nominated by a department head or other senior researcher. Submissions unaccompanied by a nomination from a senior researcher are not accepted. More than one candidate from a department may be nominated, but no more than three.
Materials are submitted electronically through an online portal. A link to the portal will be available on the Sloan Foundation website starting July 1st, 2012. To be considered, candidates must submit all required materials, including nomination letters and all letters of support, no later than September 15, 2012.