The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.

Submissions are restricted to selected candidates from invited institutions only and are not open to individuals who have not been selected by their institution to participate in the competition. The list of invited institutions can be found on the Participating Institutions page. Individuals from an invited institution who are considering submitting an application should consult with the individual at their institution who handles limited submission awards to determine how many applications their institution has been allowed to submit, as well as how selections will be made within their institution.

Online application forms and application instructions for awards to be activated on July 1, 2015 will be available after June 2, 2014 to participating institutions. Selected applicants should obtain the online application username and password from the appropriate administrative office at their institution. Applications are to be submitted by the institution on behalf of the individual candidate.

All application materials should be mailed to:

Searle Scholars Program
225 West Washington Street
28th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Applications for the 2015 competition must be received no later than Friday, September 26, 2014.

Selection Process

Applications will be screened by a Scientific Advisory Board comprised of experts in the fields of interest to the Program. All applicants will be advised of competition results by the end of April of the award year. Applicants are asked to refrain from contacting the Program to ascertain the status of their application prior to this time.


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.