Funding Programs for Junior Faculty

Burroughs Wellcome Fund-Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

  • Supports:  “opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases.”
  • Size of award:  Five-year awards ($100K/year)
  • Eligibility:  will generally have an MD, DVM, or PhD degree; must have an established record of independent research and hold a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or equivalent at the time of application; must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada at the time of application
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Approximate deadline:  November
  • URL:

David and Lucille Packard Foundation-Fellowships for Science and Engineering

  • Supports:  “the nation’s most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements.  Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering.”
  • Size of award:  five-year award ($875K total award)
  • Eligibility:  must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators, and within the first three years of their faculty careers
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (two nominees per institution)
  • Approximate deadline:  March
  • URL:

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation-Clinical Scientist Development Awards

  • Supports:  “grants to junior physician-scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers.”
  • Size of award:  three-year awards ($150K/year)
  • Eligibility:  physician-scientist (MD or equivalent) conducting clinical research in any disease area; no citizenship requirement; must hold a full-time faculty level position not higher than Assistant Professor; have been appointed to their first full-time faculty level position within the previous five years (see URL for details)
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Approximate deadline:  December
  • URL:

John Merck Scholars Program

  • Supports:  “promising basic research into the underlying causes and processes that impair the lives of people who are developmentally disabled, particularly children, focusing on investigations by neuroscientists and cognitive scientists.”
  • Size of award:  Four-year fellowships ($75K/year)
  • Eligibility:  tenure track; not more than four years as an independent faculty position at the start of the award (the following summer); a record of research on developmental disabilities; evidence of a career in neuroscience or cognitive science.
  • Restrictions:  none
  • Approximate deadline:  September
  • URL:

Searle Scholars

  • Supports:  “the independent research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their first appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is a tenure-track position.”
  • Size of award:  three-year award ($100K/year)
  • Eligibility:  junior faculty members in their first full-time appointment on or after July 1 of the year preceding the submission deadline.
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Approximate deadline:  September
  • URL: