Application Process

Applicants for the Sackler Scholars Program should contact a participating faculty member to determine mutual interest. Sackler Scholars are expected to conduct research that represents a collaboration between two laboratories affiliated with the University of Washington and working across disciplines to answer important questions in biophysics. The applicant may contact two lab heads to propose a project, or they may discuss possible collaborative investigations with a single participating faculty member.

As the initial step, applicants should provide the following information directly to the potential faculty sponsor(s):

1. A current curriculum vitae
2. A statement of research interests
3. Names and contact information for at least 2 references who are familiar with the applicant’s research and scholarly productivity.

Participating faculty at the University of Washington will propose applicants for appointment as Sackler Scholars in Integrative Biophysics.


Calls for nominations will be issued two or three times a year, each with a deadline, after which review of applications will begin. These calls will be noted here, and distributed to participating faculty. Applications can be submitted at any time, whether or not a call has recently been issued. However, their evaluation will usually take place after the next deadline. If a more rapid decision is required, the reasons should be clarified in the letter(s) of nomination from the primary mentor(s).

Please note that an important goal of the Sackler Scholars Program is to bring talented investigators to the University of Washington. Applicants must not already hold a postdoctoral/senior fellow position at UW at the time of submission. Note also that the selection process is highly competitive. To nominate candidates, prospective faculty mentors should submit the following items:

1. Two brief letters of nomination from the two faculty sponsors (no more than 1½ pages each), describing their plans for the collaboration and for continuation of funding (e.g., applications for other postdoctoral fellowships). The sponsors should describe each of their roles in serving as co-mentors of the prospective Scholar and participating in the activities of the Sackler Scholars Program.

2. The applicant’s curriculum vitae and 1-page statement of research interests. The curriculum vitae should highlight professional achievements. It need not indicate gender, birthdate, marriage status, parenthood, or nationality.

3. A brief description of the collaborative project, including aims, rationale, and summary of the experimental approach and methods (limited to 2 pages total), written by the postdoctoral applicant, with input from the faculty sponsors. Biophysics covers a broad area of biological study. Thus, the description should be written for reviewers with a general knowledge of biophysics, but who are not necessarily experts in the specialized area of the proposal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to avoid using jargon or acronyms, and to illustrate key concepts clearly (perhaps by inclusion of descriptive figures).

4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s scholarly achievements and research contributions. (Letters will be kept confidential.)

5. Current research funding available to the laboratories for supporting the research of the Sackler Scholar. (NIH “Other Support” pages, or equivalent, are acceptable.)

Complete application packages should be emailed to


The UW Sackler Scholars Program will provide over the course of one year: $45,000 for the combined sum of stipend and fringe benefits, plus $1,000 for discretionary use related to research and professional development (e.g., for travel to conferences).

A second year of funding will be provided, after approval of the faculty advisor(s) and after verification of sufficient progress and participation in Sackler Scholars Program activities.  (The second-year funding, if approved, is $45,000 for stipend and benefits.  It does not include an additional $1,000 for discretionary use.)

Sackler Scholars will receive assistance from participating faculty as they seek out and apply for other sources of funding. Individuals who obtain other support for year 2 (or earlier) will remain as Sackler Scholars and will be strongly encouraged to continue participating in Program activities.