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Eligible members of the Rutgers community are encouraged to apply for the awards and grants listed below. These awards have individual deadlines and requirements.

  • The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program provides support for a high-caliber scholarship that applies fresh perspectives from the humanities and social sciences to some of the most pressing issues of our times. The following are eligible for consideration for a fellowship: senior and junior scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals. The program awards annually up to thirty fellowships of $200,000 each.

    Website: Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program

    Please Note: The Carnegie Corporation of New York is currently awaiting the arrival in January 2023 of their new president. During this transition period, the Corporation has decided to suspend applications for the 2023 class while they gather feedback about how the program might be improved.

    Previous Winners

    • Pamela McElwee - SEBS (2019)
    • Melissa Cooper - SASN (2019)
    • Yarimar Bonilla - SAS (2018)
    • Mona Krook - SAS (2017)
    • Beryl Satter - SASN (2016)
    • Eric Davis - SAS (2007)
  • The Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences whose research would benefit from acquiring systematic training outside of their own areas of special interest. Eligible candidates are faculty members who were awarded a doctorate in the humanities or humanistic social sciences within the last six to 12 years.

    Website: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    Previous Winners

    • Susanna Schellenberg - SAS (2019)
    • Genese Sodikoff - SASN (2015)
    • Samantha Kelly - SAS (2011)
    • Barbara Cooper - SAS (2008)
    • David Hughes - SAS (2004)
    • Christine Chism - SAS (2003)
  • The International Balzan Prize Foundation awards four prizes annually, two in literature, moral sciences, and the arts and two in the physical, mathematical, and natural sciences, and medicine each worth 750,000 Swiss francs. This prestigious prize “aims to promote, throughout the world, culture, science and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace, and fraternity among peoples, regardless of nationality, race, or creed.”

    Website: International Balzan Prize Foundation

  • The Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists acknowledges the excellence of outstanding postdoctoral scientists from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in the life sciences, physical sciences & engineering, and chemistry. Winners will be awarded $30,000 each in unrestricted funds, and finalists will be awarded $10,000 each in unrestricted funds.

    Website: Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

    Previous Winners

    • Nathaniel Craig - SAS (2014)
    • Kristjan Haule - SAS (2013)
    • Charalampos (Babis) Kalodimos - SOE (2011)
  • The Innovators in Science Award recognizes a promising early-career scientist’s and an outstanding senior scientist’s contributions to biomedical science and is intended to support their commitment to innovative research. Two prizes of $200,000 are awarded annually to scientists who have distinguished themselves for the creativity and impact of their research in a designated therapeutic area.

    Website: The New York Academy of Sciences


  • The university is invited annually to submit nominations for consideration for the King Faisal Prize in Science and in Medicine. The Prizes recognize published work “likely to benefit mankind and enrich human knowledge.” Nominations are judged exclusively on the basis of scholarly merit. Winners receive a sum of $200,000, a commemorative medallion, and a certificate.

    Website: King Faisal Prize 

  • The Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship seeks to support faculty currently conducting research, advising graduate students, and teaching in a classroom. The fellowship recognizes “innovative, promising early-career professors in the Americas who are exploring breakthrough, high-impact research in computer science or a related field.” Winners receive a sum of $100,000 awarded annually for two years.

    Website: Faculty Fellowship 

  • The National Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists recognizes the high impact and innovative accomplishments in the life sciences, physical sciences & engineering, and chemistry, with three winners each awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

    Website: Blavatnik Awards Young Scientists


  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Fellowships for Science and Engineering provide research fellowships in the amount of $875,000 over five years for junior faculty in the natural and physical sciences and engineering. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Candidates must be faculty members in the first three years of their faculty careers.

    Website: The David & Lucile Packard Foundation

    Previous Winners

    • Blakesley Burkhart - SAS (2020)
    • Emil Yuzbashyan - SAS (2007)
  • The Pew Scholars Program in Biomedical Sciences supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period.

    Website: The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Previous Winners

    • Victoria Abraira - SAS (2019)
    • Bryce Nickels - Waksman (2008)
    • Bart Krekelberg CMBN-Newark (2007)
    • Christopher Rongo - Waksman (2001)
  • The Rita Allen Foundation Program provides early-career biomedical scholars with an opportunity to pursue research with above-average risk in the areas of cancer, immunology, and neuroscience. Those selected will be designated Rita Allen Foundation Scholars, and the affiliated institution will receive financial support from the Rita Allen Foundation of up to $110,000 annually, for a period of up to five years.  

    Website: Rita Allen Foundation

    Previous Winners 

  • The Searle Scholars Program awards recognize “exceptional young faculty, pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

    Website: Searle Scholars Program

    Previous Winners

    • Ian Oldenburg –Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (2024)

    • Miguel A. Zaratiegui-Biurrun – SAS (2012)

  • The Tang Prize seeks to encourage individuals across the globe to chart the middle path to achieving sustainable development by recognizing and supporting contributors for their revolutionary efforts in the four major fields of Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology, and Rule of Law. Each prize provides a cash award of approximately $1.4 million. In addition, research projects proposed by the laureates receive a grant of up to approximately $350,000.

    Website: Tang Prize

  • The Wolf Prize is awarded annually to outstanding artists and scientists for their achievements for the benefit of mankind and brotherly relations among peoples, regardless of nationality, race, color, religion, sex, or political views

    Website: Wolf Foundation

    Previous Winners

    • Joachim Messing – Waksman (2013)

Rutgers Assistant Professor Named 2024 Searle Scholar

Congratulations to Ian Oldenburg, an assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, on being awarded the prestigious Searle Scholars Program award for his work How Population Codes Connect Brain Areas for Movement. 

Ian Oldenburg


If you have any questions about university awards or national and international awards nominations, contact Angela Mullis via email or call 848-932-8068 for more information.