Awards and Fellowships

Our office administers several Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) awards and fellowships available to postdocs including the Robin Chemers Neustein Postdoctoral Fellowship, various travel, career development, and recognition awards, and an award for basic science.

Robin Chemers Neustein Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Robin Chemers Neustein Postdoctoral Fellowship was established to encourage women to pursue careers in scientific research, and therefore only female postdoctoral research scientists are eligible. The intent of the award is to help supplement current stipend/salary. The recipient must already be at ISMMS, should be a senior postdoctoral scientist who intends to complete her training within one to two years, and who has demonstrated high impact accomplishments in the life sciences and the potential for an independent scientific career.  An individual may receive this fellowship for only one year.  One fellowship of $25,000 will be awarded this year and the application deadline is May 15. 

Applications will be accepted at any time before the due date. They must be submitted, in PDF format, to Theresa Scarabino and include the following:

  • Candidate's curriculum vitae
  • Candidate's statement of general research interests (maximum 1 page)
  • Sponsoring Scientist's NIH Biosketch
  • Statement of Research Project for the next 1-2 years (maximum 2 pages including title of project and references)
  • Up to four (4) publications
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from the sponsoring scientist) commenting on how the candidate’s research is novel, elegant, interdisciplinary and high impact, as well as the candidate’s potential  for an independent career in science.

The selection will be made by the Neustein Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards Committee comprised of faculty members chosen by the Dean of the Graduate School and CoSA.  Upon selection, the recipients will be notified and an announcement will be sent to all Sponsoring Scientists who submitted applications. For more information, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at x40380 or email Theresa Scarabino.

Learn about previous Robin Chemers Neustein Fellowship Award winner

Travel Awards

Travel awards offer support for postdoctoral fellows unable to find sufficient funding through his/her PI or department to attend a conference specific to their area of study or a relevant interdisciplinary conference. These awards are for $500 and are given out twice each year. 

The first award cycle covers conferences occurring between January and June for which the application deadline is February 15 (accounts can be reimbursed for travel occurring prior to the deadline). The second cycle covers conferences occurring between July and December, for which the application deadline is August 15.

Applications will be accepted at any time before the due date and must include the following:

  • Name
  • PI lab
  • Department name
  • Dates and location of conference
  • Title and abstract
  • Statement of no more than ½ a page telling us why you need to attend
  • Two-page CV
  • Description of your talk or a poster.

Please send by email to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Postdocs are eligible for only one award per year and award recipients must fill out a travel request form in Sinai Central prior to travel.

Basic Science Award

Each year one or two postdoctoral fellows are selected to receive the Basic Science Award for the Best Publication/s of the year. To qualify, nominees must be current postdoctoral fellows, first author on the publication, and the paper being submitted for consideration must have been published in the last year. Postdoctoral nominations must be submitted by Department Chairs, and it is anticipated that Chairs will work closely with PIs to identify the most promising postdoctoral candidates. Self-nominations are not accepted. Awards are $500, and all nominations must be received in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs by March 31. For more information, contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at x40380 or via email.

Postdoc Office Career Development Award

Each year, we make a small number of awards to cover registration for Making the Leap: A Non-Academic Career Planning & Job Search Boot Camp, a workshop offered by the New York Academy of Sciences.  Announcements will be made several weeks prior to the workshop date, and applications can be sent to the Office of Postdoctoral affairs.

To apply, please send us a PDF or Word document with the following information:

  • Name
  • Name of your PI/s
  • Year of postdoctoral training
  • Short outline of your career goals
  • Estimate of when you will be entering the job market
  • No more than half a page about why you would like to attend.
  • Your current two-page NIH-style Biosketch

Applicants must be current postdoctoral fellows at ISMMS and award recipients must register for and attend the workshop. Submit applications via email and be sure to include Boot Camp Application in your email subject line.

Postdoc Recognition Awards

Established in 2013, these awards recognize postdocs who submit and receive significant national or internationally competitive fellowship awards for their postdoctoral training at ISMMS. Award winners are identified by the ISMMS Grants and Contracts Office as having received new postdoctoral training fellowships during the calendar year and winners are notified at the end of the year.