Initiated in the fall of 1991 with funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, the program provides an opportunity for young scientists to spend several years doing independent research in the behavioral and biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, and physics before launching formal academic careers. Fellows are selected on the basis of their professional promise, capacity for independent work, interdisciplinary interests, and outstanding achievement to date. Preference is given to those applicants whose research interests correspond to one or more of the programs in the Beckman Institute.
Recipients of the fellows awards are expected to have a recent Ph.D. (received no earlier than December 2009) in an area of research relevant to Beckman Institute research and to be involved in interdisciplinary studies related to one of the Beckman Institute's research themes.
Fellows are expected to interact with Institute faculty members who are in their area of research and collaborative publication is encouraged. Fellows are also expected to be capable of doing independent research.
Fellows will be appointed for up to three years, beginning as early as July of their application year, and no later than December 31. Fellows receive $52,000 annually, plus benefits and a research budget.