Graduate Awards in Brain Science

Applications closed. Scientific review is underway.

The Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science invites applications for Graduate Awards in Brain Science. These awards recognize outstanding and productive mid- to late-stage Ph.D. candidates conducting brain science-related research in a Brown graduate program. Awards cover full costs for two academic semesters and one summer, beginning in Fall 2019. Awards will also provide $3,000 in additional support for meeting travel, workshop registration, or research costs. However, total costs associated with each fellowship must not exceed $55,000.

Applicants must have chosen their dissertation advisor and must have passed their qualifying examinations and advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding research productivity as evidenced by publications, meeting abstracts, conference proceedings, or other relevant indicators. Applicants must also articulate their future career objectives. Applicants must demonstrate intellectual independence through their research statements, and this independence should be reflected in the letters of support.

We accept applications in any research area of brain science. Some funding for Carney graduate awards is directed toward specific research areas. For consideration for the Dr. Daniel C. Cooper Graduate Award funding, we encourage applications for research related to brain circuitry, neurotransmitters, and neuromodulation in psychiatric illness and human behavior. For consideration for funding from the Dr. Achilles Frangistas Fund, we encourage applications for research related to neurodegeneration. All applications will be evaluated together. It is NOT necessary to state special consideration for a specific fund.

Applications will be accepted through UFunds. Search for “Carney Graduate Awards” – “Academic Year 2019/2020.” Applicants must complete the Application Form and attach a single pdf containing:

  • 0.5-page lay level description of applicant’s research, including its impact and importance;
  • 2-page description of research including goals, approach, progress to date, and anticipated progress during the fellowship year;
  • 0.5-page of future research and career goals;
  • 2-page CV including publications, abstracts, and educational history, and other professional experience.

Applicants must also submit two letters of support and a statement from the graduate program director. Through UFunds, applicants will indicate the email address and name of the three recommenders. A request will be sent to each of them with a link to fill out a separate form and upload the letters.

  • Faculty Mentor – 1-page statement of support, including an explanation of the student's current source of funding and explanation of why this support would be beneficial.
  • Member of the student’s thesis or advisory committee – 1-page statement of support.
  • Director of applicant’s graduate program – Confirmation that the applicant is in good academic standing (fill out the recommendation form only, no letter is needed).

Applications will be judged based on the applicant’s academic record, quality of research, research productivity, scientific independence and maturity, and potential to make future research contributions. Where appropriate, we will also consider how applications meet the goals and purposes stipulated for specific funds that support Carney graduate awards.

For questions, contact David Sheinberg.

About our supporters:

We are grateful for the generous gifts to Carney that make these awards possible.

  • Robin Chemers Neustein ’75 Graduate Fellowship Fund
  • Dr. Daniel C. Cooper Graduate Award: Daniel Cooper received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Brown University in 2013. Daniel was a talented and curious young scientist who understood that rigorous experimental approaches are needed to understand and treat psychiatric illnesses.
  • Charles A. Dana Graduate Fellowship Fund
  • Dr. Achilles Frangistas Fund for Neurodegeneration Research
  • Howard Reisman '76 Family Graduate Fellowship Fund