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Current Funding Opportunities

Kavli Postdoctoral Award for Academic Diversity

The Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine is committed to fostering and supporting an inclusive and representative neuroscience research community. Diversity is vital to achieving excellence and innovation in scientific research. The Kavli Postdoctoral Award for Academic Diversity seeks to support exceptional scholars who bring a diversity of perspectives, identities, and backgrounds to academic research, including those from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences. This Award will support up to two years of mentored research in the neurosciences at Yale University, including salary, benefits, and a research allowance. Awardees will join a nurturing community that promotes scientific excellence through mentorship, training, and professional development.

Important Dates

Please submit all application materials, including letters of reference, at this link:, by November 15th, 2021. The research is anticipated to begin any time in 2022.


The award will provide $60,000 for salary support, and standard postdoctoral employee benefits for up to two years. An additional $20,000 allowance can support relevant research and travel expenses, including up to $3,000 toward relocation.


  • Candidates must have completed their doctoral degree prior to the award start date.
  • Candidates must have sponsorship from the Yale faculty mentor with whom they will conduct neuroscience research. Candidates who are not currently at Yale must contact and attain this sponsorship prior to applying.

Application Procedure

You will need written support from the Yale faculty member with whom you would like to complete your research for application submission. Please identify and contact them prior to applying.

Application Form

Curriculum Vitae

Please provide a current CV, including publications that are online, in print, pending, or deposited in public repositories such as bioRxiv

Personal Statement (max one page)

Please include a one-page max (arial 11, single-spaced) personal statement to address the following:

  • Research experience and major accomplishment(s).
  • Statement describing how your unique experiences will contribute to a diversity of perspectives, identities, and backgrounds.
  • Your future goals

Research Plan (max two pages)

A two-page research plan (arial 11, single-spaced), excluding references. An additional page with figures may be included.

Letters of Reference

  • The thesis advisor should provide a letter to address the quality and originality of the candidate’s research and their potential for a career in science.
  • One person familiar with the candidate should provide a letter speaking to the candidate’s research experience, qualifications, and aspirations.

Letters of Faculty Sponsorship

  • The sponsoring Yale faculty mentor should provide a letter of support to address the candidate’s qualifications and proposed research projects. The letter should discuss the candidate’s potential contributions to the mentor’s research program, how the mentor will foster the development and advancement of the candidate, and the mentor’s ability to support the candidate’s effort and research beyond the two-year award.

The University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.