Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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.

Candidates must submit the following materials to be considered for a Sloan Research Fellowship.

  • A letter from a department head or other senior researcher officially nominating the candidate and describing his or her qualifications, initiative, and research (Note: Nominators must upload their letters of nomination through  Click here for more information);
  • The candidate's curriculum vitae (including a list of the candidates scientific publications;
  • Two representative articles by the candidate;
  • A brief (one-page) statement by the candidate describing his or her significant scientific work and immediate research plans.
  • Three letters from other researchers (preferably not all from the same institution) written in support of the candidate’s nomination. (Note: Letter writers must upload their letters of support through  Click here for more information.)

Nominated candidates are normally below the rank of associate professor and do not hold tenure, but these are not strict requirements.

In keeping with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's longstanding support of underrepresented minorities in the sciences, the Foundation strongly encourages the nomination of qualified women and minority candidates.

Materials are submitted electronically through To be considered, candidates must submit all required materials, including nomination letters and all letters of support, no later than September 15, 2016.

Nominations are reviewed and candidates selected by a selection committee of three distinguished scientists in each eligible field.  The committees review more than 700 nominations each year.  Fellows are selected on the basis of their independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to their field.