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Faculty Scholar Program

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Simons Foundation have joined forces with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to support the Faculty Scholars Program. This competition aims to strengthen the community of basic researchers and physician scientists who bring innovative approaches to the study of biological problems.

More information about the Faculty Scholars Program can be found here: For the full program announcement visit:

The Faculty Scholars program seeks to:

  • Provide financial support to faculty at an early career stage
  • Select awardees based on their version and potential for unique contributions
  • Offer mentoring and career development


Up to 70 five-year awards, with new competitions every two and a half years. The awards will range from $100,000 to $400,000 per year based on several factors, including awardee's current external grant support. Expenses covered by the grant include:

  • Partial salary for faculty (up to 3 months and no more than $70,000)
  • Salary for lab personnel
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Travel
  • Publications


Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of the application deadline:

  • PhD and/or MD (or the equivalent)
  • Tenured or tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher academic rank at an eligible U.S. institution, or, if at an eligible institution that has no tenure track, an appointment that reflects a significant institutional commitment. Federal government employees are not eligible.
  • More than 4, but no more than 10, years of post-training, professional experience. To meet this requirement, the applicant’s post-training, professional experience must have begun no earlier than June 1, 2005, and no later than July 1, 2011.
  • Principal investigator or co-principal investigator on at least one active, nationally competitive grant in the past two years with an initial term of two or more years. Career development grants qualify. Multi-investigator grants may qualify.

The deadline for submission of the candidate’s application material is July 28, 2015, at 3:00 p.m.


Kelsey Bennett