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Deadline: 2024 McKnight Scholar Awards

Applications for the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Scholar Award are due January 15, 2024.

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience invites applications for the 2024 McKnight Scholar Awards.


The McKnight Scholar Awards are given to exceptional young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing an independent laboratory and research career. The intent of the program is to foster the commitment by these scientists to research careers that will have an important impact on the study of the brain. The program seeks to support scientists committed to mentoring neuroscientists from underrepresented groups at all levels of training. Applicants for the McKnight Scholar Award must demonstrate their ability to solve significant problems in neuroscience, which may include the translation of basic research to clinical practice. They should demonstrate a commitment to an equitable and inclusive lab environment.


Applicants for the McKnight Scholar Award must be independent investigators at not-for-profit research institutions in the United States and must hold a faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor and must have served at that rank for less than five years at the application deadline (exceptions made be made for parental leave). Individuals holding other titles such as Instructor, Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, or Instructor are not eligible. If the host institution does not use professorial titles, a letter from a senior institutional official (e.g. Dean or Director of Research) must confirm that the applicant controls their own dedicated institutional resources, laboratory space, and/or facilities. We seek to enhance geographic, gender, and racial diversity in neuroscience, and we encourage women and members of communities of color to apply. Applicants may not apply in more than two rounds of competition, have already been granted tenure, or hold another award from the McKnight Endowment Fund.

Please note that from 2024 Forward, the period of eligibility for Scholar Awards has been extended to five years.

Application and selection

To access the application and guidelines through our online portal, click here. A review committee will evaluate applications and invite a select few to interview with the committee. Applicants selected will be notified by early April 2024. The interviews are scheduled for May 3 and 4, 2024 and will be conducted remotely. The committee will then recommend candidates to the Board of Directors of the Endowment Fund for final decision. Awards will be announced by late June 2024. Each Scholar will receive $75,000 annually in 2024, 2025, and 2026. Funds may be used in any way that will facilitate development of the Scholar’s research program, but not for indirect costs.

Please visit McKnight’s website for more detailed information and contact Joel Krogstad at with any questions.

Watch our Application Overview Video to get tips on submitting a competitive application from Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D.

Topic: The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, Scholar Awards

August 2023