Fund Details
Searle Scholars 2020 Program
Award Duration
Three years
Maximum Award Amount
Sponsor Name
Searle Scholars Program
Nominations Available to Institution
Sponsor Deadline


The Searle Scholars program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their first appointment at the Assistant Professor level, as part of a tenure track appointment. Grants are for a three year period and a total of $300,000/ $100,000 each year.

The Cambridge Campus of Harvard University and the Harvard Chan School of Public Health are invited to nominate a total of three (3) proposals to this opportunity. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating the internal process by which proposals will be selected.

Applicants to the Searle Scholars Program will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
...and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

This program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components.

Application Information:

Eligible applicants are asked to submit the following (this information will appear again within the electronic application)
  • A proposal of not more than two (2) pages, 10 point font minimum, related graphics and/or references may be placed on consecutive blank pages after the written proposal
  • A current CV
  • A letter of recommendation from a Department Chair or Center Director

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be recently appointed Assistant Professors (appointed on, or after, July 1, 2018) in the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology and related areas in chemistry, medicine and the biological sciences

Search Filters:

  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Design
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • Harvard Law School
    • Assistant Professor
      Type of Competition
      • Limited Submission
        • Basic Science
        • Clinical Science
        • Multidisciplinary
          Type of Award
          • Early Career
          • Research