Vallee Scholars

Recognizing that outstanding, young, independent investigators are the source for future advances in the biomedical sciences and of their need for flexible, unrestricted funding to conduct their research, the Vallee Scholars program makes grants of $300,000 – to be spent over a period of four years - to junior faculty carrying out basic biomedical research.  This award is available only to investigators who have been nominated by institutions that have been selected by the Vallee Foundation Board of Directors.  One

nomination will be accepted per institution.  The candidate must have received his/her PhD, MD, or other professional degree, within ten years of the application deadline and, by the same date, have been in an independent research position (tenure track or equivalent) for six years or fewer.   FAQ

The Vallee Foundation welcomes outstanding scientists regardless of race or gender but is mindful of the lack of diversity within the scientific research community as a whole and is committed to furthering the careers of historically under-represented minorities.

Please note that the nomination and application deadlines have been changed as follows: 


  • December 1, 2020    Deadline for institutions to submit a nomination letter
  • February 1, 2021      Deadline for nominees to complete online applications.
  • September 2021       Awards will be announced by early September, with funding provided soon thereafter.


The following institutes will be invited to apply for a 2021 Vallee Scholar Award:
    •    University of California, San Francisco
    •    California Institute of Technology
    •    University of Cambridge
    •    Duke University
    •    EPFL Switzerland
    •    Harvard Medical School
    •    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    •    IST Austria
    •    Karolinska Institutet
    •    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    •    University of Munich
    •    University of Oxford
    •    Pasteur Institute
    •    Princeton University
    •    Stanford University
    •    Washington University School of Medicine
    •    Weizmann Institute
    •    Yale University
    •    University of Zurich