Applicants for awards which will be activated on July 1, 2017 will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2015 . The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.

Potential applicants whose institutions do not have tenure-track appointments should consult with the scientific director of the Program regarding eligibility PRIOR to preparing an application.

The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for our Program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars on this website.


Questions about scientific aspects of an application or about eligibility should be addressed to the Scientific Director, other questions should be directed to the Administrative and Grants Coordinator.