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Searle Scholars Program (2022)

Sponsor: Kinship Foundation
Internal Deadline: 07/15/2021
Institutional Submission Limit: 1
Sponsor Deadline: 09/30/2021
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Searle Scholars Program (2022)

The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution. Today, 168 institutions are invited to participate in the Program.

The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996.

The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the world-wide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company. It was Mr. Searle's wish that certain funds be used to support "...research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences."

Each year 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years.

Since its inception, 632 scientists have been named Searle Scholars. Including this year, the Program has awarded more than $143 million. Eighty-five Searle Scholars have been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences. Nineteen Scholars have been recognized with a MacArthur Fellowship, known as the “genius grant,” and a Searle Scholar has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2020. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.

The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for our Program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars on this website (

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( application instructions for the internal competition, which will close on July 15, 2021 .

Once the internal selection process has taken place and an applicant has been selected, he or she will receive the complete application package with instructions via an email from the Searle Foundation. This application must be completed and returned to the Searle Foundation no later than September 30, 2021.

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