The Friedman Brain Institute

Postdoc Fellows

Postdoctoral fellows are the lifeblood of biomedical research. The neuroscience community at Mount Sinai is very proud of the outstanding postdoctoral researchers who drive our basic, translational, and clinical research into better understanding the brain and nervous system and treating neurological and psychiatric disorders. Our postdoctoral fellows, who represent the broadest range of cutting-edge experimental approaches and diverse personal backgrounds, benefit from robust scientific support and comprise a close and collaborative community of scholars.

Funding Opportunities

The Icahn School of Medicine offers several funding opportunities for postdoctoral fellows researchers.

  • Postdoc Innovator Award
  • Robin Chemers Neustein Postdoctoral Fellowship Award:

Postdoc Innovator Award

We are thrilled to announce the fourth annual FBI Postdoc Innovator Award. These awards which will provide $25,000 to support innovative research by a postdoctoral fellow in any laboratory affiliated with the Friedman Brain Institute. In addition, the award recipients will receive an additional $1,000 prize for their personal use.

We plan to fund two FBI Postdoc Innovator Awards in 2024.

Eligibility: Anyone who holds the title of postdoctoral fellow or equivalent (e.g., research-track clinical resident or fellow) and works full-time at Mount Sinai in an FBI-affiliated lab is eligible to apply. Please state the WIP in which the nominee participates.

Use of research funds: The $25,000 one-time allocation cannot be used to support the postdoc’s salary and should instead support an innovative research project that will help the postdoc’s transition to independence.

How to apply: The following material should be submitted as a single PDF here by Friday February 23, 2024 at 5pm.

Awardees will be notified by April 1.

  • Two-page research project (Arial 11, single spaced): Be sure to indicate how the project will assist the postdoc’s pathway to independence. Also indicate the % effort that will be devoted to the new project.
  • Letter of support from the postdoc’s PI which should confirm that the PI will continue to pay the postdoc’s entire salary from other funds and support the effort required for the postdocto pursue the new project. 
  • Please state the WIP in which the nominee participates. 
  • Biosketch: NIH style, 5-page maximum including all other external funding.

Please address any questions to Eric Nestler (