Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

The Blavatnik online nominations in the POSTDOCTORAL category must be made by the President, Dean, or Provost. The University of Rochester is limited to 10 postdoctoral nominations. Therefore, an internal selection process must take place. Please disseminate this message widely to those faculty in your departments who are serving as postdoctoral mentors-we apologize for the late notification.
For the internal selection processes, AS&E postdoctoral fellows and their advisors are asked to submit nomination materials to Dean of Graduate Studies for AS&E, Wendi Heinzelman by 01/10/2012.
Since this award is also open to URMC, the Provost will make the final determination, should the need arise, of which ten postdoctoral candidates who may go forward to full nomination. Please send your materials directly to

Internal nominations should comprise:

1) The Postdoctoral advisor’s (max. 2,000 characters, including spaces) statement of how the candidate's research has broadly impacted science, explaining how his or her work has been novel, elegant and interdisciplinary.
2) The nominee’s CV
3) A one–page abstract of the nominee’s research proposal

Blavatnik Award Postdoctoral Category

To be eligible to apply under the Postdoctoral category, candidates must:
• Have been born on or after January 1, 1970.
• Have earned a terminal degree in the field (PhD, MD, MD/PhD, DDS, or DVM).
• Be currently holding a postdoctoral research position at an academic institution in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut and have made significant contributions to the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, or Engineering.

Nominations in the Postdoctoral category may only be submitted by a President, Dean, or Provost on behalf of an institution (Institutional Nomination). Self-Nominations and Peer-Nominations for Postdoctoral candidates will not be accepted.
New to the 2012 Program: Institutions may only submit up to 10 postdoctoral nominations each; if an institution nominates more than 10 postdocs, only the first 10 nominations will be accepted. If you are a representative responsible for submitting Institutional Nominations, please coordinate with your colleagues on this nomination process to ensure that your institution does not go over the limit.

The deadline for submitting the Nomination Form is Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The deadline for submitting the Application Form and emailing Letters of Recommendation is Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Each winner in the Postdoctoral category is endowed with $15,000 in unrestricted funds. Finalists will receive $5,000 in unrestricted funds. Click here to view the full program announcement.


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