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For Faculty & Staff

The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program for Postdoctoral Scholars 2018-2019

The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program attracts high-achieving postdoctoral researchers who are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit U.S.-Israeli scientific cooperation. Candidates for Zuckerman STEM Leadership Programs are assessed based on their academic and research achievements, as well as on personal merit and leadership qualities, without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or age.

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  • Submission Deadline: December 29, 2017.
  • Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholarships are for up to two years.
  • Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars receive a scholarship of $50,000 per academic year for up to two years, with $36,000 each year for living expenses and $14,000 each year for research ($10,000) and travel ($4,000) expenses.
  • If circumstances allow, Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholarships may be renewed on a competitive basis for an additional one or two years.
  • Two Brandeis PhD's won Zuckerman STEM Leadership postdocs in 2017-18: Dr. Nick Wadleigh (PhD '17 - Dmitry Kleinbock, advisor; Technion - Math) and Dr. Mathew Cordes (PhD '16 - Ruth Charney, advisor; Technion - Math).

Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowships for Higher Education of Present and Prospective Teachers 

The primary purpose of the Foundation is to award fellowships to present and prospective teachers, with an emphasis on present teachers at the college or university level, to enable them to study abroad or at some location or locations other than that with which they are most closely associated. The Foundation has been a generous supporter of Brandeis faculty for more than 30 years. Please contact Associate Director Richard Levitt in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations for more information and to see the solicitation letter from the foundation.

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  • Applications are due January 12, 2018.

Caspar Wistar Fellows Program

The Wistar Institute Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center and The Wistar Institute Cancer Center comprise a group of 35 exceptional faculty dedicated to fundamental and translational research in cancer biology, immunology, virology and genetics. Caspar Wistar Fellows will be provided their own research space, resources and support needed to run their own labs and pursue their own independent research agenda.

Fellows will be appointed for a three-year term with the possibility of extending an additional one to two years. Two Fellows will be recruited in 2018: one Fellow with a cancer focus that will join Wistar’s NCI-designated Cancer Center and one with a vaccine/immunology focus that will join Wistar’s Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center. Program candidates must demonstrate intellectual drive and superior research credentials, a particularly creative and innovative research plan, strong communication skills, and the motivation and demonstrated capacity to conduct research with minimal supervision.

Candidates whose work is based on biological principles, but incorporates concepts from diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree. Candidates are expected to have a strong publication record. The search committees will be led by Wistar program leaders who are ideally suited to recognize how well a prospective candidate fits within the overall Wistar mission, and its specific programs. Interested candidates should electronically submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of previous research (one page), a concise statement of research plans (up to two pages), reprints of four publications and the names of three references to the attention of Maria Colelli, Search Coordinator Caspar Wistar Fellows Program. Please see our ads online in Nature and Science magazines. 

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  • Applications will be evaluated by January 29, 2018. Interviews will be held beginning in April 2018.

For Students

Beinecke Scholarship

Each year approximately 100 colleges and universities (Brandeis included!) are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship, and 18 to 22 new scholarships are awarded each year. Application Requirements include a pre-application competition which is held in January to determine our Brandeis nominee. The application includes a personal statement of 1,000 words or less from the nominee describing his or her background, interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans and aspirations.

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  • Campus Deadline (For the Pre-application): January 16, 2018
  • Recent Brandeis University Winners and Finalists: The first Brandeisian to receive this award was Rachel Margolis '99. Congratulations to Zoe Waldman '16, the most recent Brandeis recipient of this award!
  • Brandeis Fellowships
  • Beinecke Scholarship

Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund

The Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund supports research projects for students during the summer or for an academic semester; it also provides funding to students who are presenting their work at conferences. ALL disciplines are welcome, including all areas of the creative arts and the humanities.
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  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, or would like to meet in person to discuss your application, please email Meredith Monaghan at
  • More information available on the Academic Fellowships website
Find more research opportunities for undergraduates at Academic Services.