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Vallee Scholar Awards

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 $340,000 – 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 twelve 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.


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.

Outgoing 2019 Vallee Scholars

  • Group Leader, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)
  • Head of the Evolutionary Cell Biology and Evolution of Morphogenesis Structure
    Institut Pasteur
  • Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow, Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery, University of Oxford
  • Group Leader, Gene Centre, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich
  • Group Leader, The Francis Crick Institute, London
  • Jonathan M Nelson Family Associate Professor of Neurosciences & Behavior, Head of the Laboratory of Neural Dynamics & Cognition, Rockefeller University
  • Assistant Professor & Group Leader
    Max Perutz Labs, University of Vienna
  • Assistant Professor, Brain Mind Institute
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
  • Assistant Professor
    Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
  • Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology
    Johns Hopkins University
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    California Institute of Technology
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Harvard Medical School
  • Group Leader in Cell Biology Division, Medical Research Council Laborary of Molecular Biology (LMB), Cambridge
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
  • Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Tenure-Rack Professor
    Gene Center and the Department of Biochemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
  • Professor of Biological Chemistry and of Neurobiology
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology,, Member of the Meyer Cancer Center,, Core Member of the New York Genome Center,
    Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
    University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Group Leader of the Ancient Genomics Laboratory
    Francis Crick Institute
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering,, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Assistant Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics
    The Rockefeller University
  • Assistant Professor
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Associate Professor of Neurobiology
    Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor
    Brain Mind Institute of the School of Life Sciences at EPFL, Switzerland
  • Professor of Microbiology
    University of Jena
  • Associate Professor
    Princeton University
  • Programme Leader
    MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
  • Assistant Professor
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Assistant Professor
    Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
    Yale University
  • Lois and Victor Troendle Professor, Director, Center for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering
    California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Assistant Professor
    Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Assistant Professor,, Departments of Chemical & Systems Biology and Developmental Biology
    Stanford University
  • Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Affiliate Member of the Carl R Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Assistant Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology
    Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Duke University
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry
    University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Associate Professor of Molecular Biology
    Princeton University
  • Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
    Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant Professor
    Institute of Biochemistry, University of Zurich
  • Emmy Noether Research Group Leader; Group Leader
    Helmholtz Zentrum, München; Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
  • Professor of Molecular Genetics
    Karolinska Institutet, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Professor of Neurobiology
    Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Professor of Molecular Biology
    Princeton University
  • Assistant Professor of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
    Institut Pasteur, Paris
  • Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Neuroscience, and Computational Genomics, WorldQuant Foundation Research Scholar
    Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Cell & Molecular Biology
    Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
  • Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
    Duke University Medical Center
  • WM Keck Career Development Professor of Biomedical Engineering, MIT, James & Patricia Poitras Professor in Neuroscience, MIT, Principal Investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, The Broad Institute, Core Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, HHMI Investigator
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology