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Simons Foundation Independence Awards for Early Career Scientists

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The Simons Foundation Independence Awards seek to support early-career scientists from diverse and/or historically underrepresented backgrounds in their transition from mentored training into independent faculty positions. These awards are offered through the following Simons Foundation grantmaking programs:

  • Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) 
  • Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain (SCPAB) 
  • Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB)

Award: Selected applicants will receive up to two years of postdoctoral support with an annual salary of $85,000 plus a yearly resource and professional development allowance of $10,000. Upon assumption of an approved tenure-track faculty position (or equivalent), fellows will receive grant funding of $600,000 total over three years. Please visit this website to see a recorded webinar about the opportunity.

The program is aimed at: Ph.D. and/or M.D.-holding scientists who are currently in a non-independent, mentored training position at an institution within or outside the U.S. and who will be actively applying to tenure-track faculty positions between September 2024–May 2025 at research institutions within or outside the U.S. We aim to support scientists from diverse and/or underrepresented communities within these categories: race, ethnicity, disadvantaged social and/or economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation and disability status. We also recognize that diversity and underrepresentation can vary from setting to setting and across countries. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is not required. Please see the eligibility criteria for more information.

Application deadline: January 10, 2024

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Please share this opportunity widely!


Student and Fellow Program Manager

Autism & Neuroscience

Simons Foundation 


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