- Candidates 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;
- Candidates must hold a tenure track (or equivalent) position at a college, university or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada;
- Candidates must normally be no more than six years from completion of their most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) as of the year of their nomination. (That is, most recent Ph.D. must have been awarded on or after September 2007.**
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.
**The Selection Committees may make exceptions for candidates who were awarded their Ph.D. prior to September 2007 if their careers were disrupted due to military service, child-rearing, or a change of field. The Committees may also make exceptions for candidates who are currently serving in their first faculty position and who were appointed to that position on or after September 2011.