Sloan Research Fellowships 2017 for 2018

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  

These $65,000, two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Applications are due in September of each year. Awardees are announced in February of the following year, and fellowships begin the following September. The $65K is awarded in a lump sum to the fellow's Institution (UM, in this case), for use over the two year fellowship. These funds may be used by the Fellow for such purposes as equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, trainee support, summer salary, or any other activity directly related to the Fellow's research.  If used for summer salary, support is limited to a maximum of two-ninths of established academic salary, plus fringe benfits, calculated at 32.31% of salary.

Funds may not be used to augment an existing full-time salary or for indirect or overhead charges by UM.


  • Candidates must hold a tenure track (or equivalent) that includes a yearly teaching requirement.
  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistrycomputational and evolutionary molecular biologycomputer scienceeconomicsmathematicsneuroscienceocean sciencesphysics, or a related field.
  • Candidates' most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) must have been awarded on or after September 1, 2011. Exceptions may apply (see below**).

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. For more about the nomination letter, see

All nomination materials, including nomination letters and all letters of support, are due, along with an online transmittal submission, to ORSP on September 8, 2017, must be submitted to the sponsor online no later than 11:59PM EDT, September 15, 2017.  See

**The Selection Committees may make exceptions for candidates who were awarded their Ph.D. prior to September 1, 2011 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 1, 2015.
UM Nomination Process
  1. UM Faculty wishing to be nominated (nominees), or UM department heads/senior researchers wishing to nominate them (nominators) should carefully review all the program requirements at to make sure the would-be nominees are eligible.
  2. The would-be nominee and the would-be nominator should talk and make sure both are on-board with moving foward.
  3. The nominee should notifiy ORSP and submit a transmittal. The sponsor does not require a detailed budget before award, but ORSP requests a budget breakdown and budget justification for internal purposes, to be included with the transmittal. This budget is not binding and, with appropriate adminsitrative approvals, can be revisited if an award results.
  4. The nominee, after sigining up for a free account at portal, should sign in to the portal and initiate an application.
  5. As part of the application, the nominee will upload several documents to the portal: CV, Two Writing Samples, and 1-page research statement.
  6. The nominee will also use the portal to initiate four requests for letters (by clicking the appropriate Add File buttons)
    1. one confidential nomination letter request (to the nominator)
    2. three confidential support letter requests (to other researchers)
  7. The letter writers, once notified, will write and upload their confidential letters to the portal.
  8. On the NOMINEE information page in the application, the follwoing information will be needed:
    1. institution Tax ID Number (EIN): 64-6001159
    2. Institution Name: University of Mississippi
    3. Name of Director of Sponsored Programs or Equivalent: Jason Hale
    4. E-mail of Director of Sponsored Programs or Equivalent:
  9. Once all documents have been uploaded, and after all appropriate UM administrators (e.g., Chair, Dean, and ORSP) have approved the transmittal, the nominee will submit the application. After doing so, the nominee should print the application, scan it, and submit it to ORSP for the files.