Searle Scholars Program
The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support 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.
The Program was established in 1995 the Searle Family established Kinship Foundation, a private operating foundation. The Foundation began to provide administrative support for the Searle Scholars Program in 1996. That same year, Cedric Chernick retired and Douglas Fambrough assumed the role of Scientific Director, which he continues to hold today.
Over the course of the program's 33 years, the Searle Scholars award amount has been increased four times, from its initial level of $50,000 per year for three years in 1981, to its current amount of $100,000 per year for three years. The number of institutions invited to participate in the program has also increased over the years and today numbers 155. In total, 527 Scholars have been named and over $111 million has been awarded. Searle family members continue to show a direct, personal interest in the program by participating in Searle Scholars meeting events each year where they learn first hand of the Scholars' research achievements and get to know the Scholars themselves.
Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2014. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.
USC may only submit one application to this program announcement. Your application submission MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research. If you are interested in applying, please contact Richard White(
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