Opportunities for Early Career Investigators

  • American Historical Association, J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship for scholars in the early stages of their history career for research in the Library of Congress collections.

  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Krieghbaum Under-40 Award, for AEJMC member under age 40 who has shown outstanding achievement and effort in teaching, research, and public service (must be an AEJMC member for two years).

  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), offers numerous award opportunities to its AEJMC members for work that is relevant to journalism and mass communication.

  • Materials Research Society, Outstanding Young Investigator Award ($5,000), to recognize outstanding interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer.

  • National Geographic Society, Waitt Grant ($5,000 to $10,000), for research at an early stage in a scientist’s career..

  • National Science Foundation, Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, to support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of the two. Check website for disciplines.

  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Cottrell Scholar Award, ($100,000 for 3-year projects), for early career scientists in astronomy, chemistry, or physics, to promote basic research as a vital component of undergraduate education at primarily undergraduate institutions.

  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Young Investigator Award ($5,000), in alternating years for excellence in research in physical science and engineering.

  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), Louise Kidder Early Career Award, ($500), for researchers who have made substantial contributions to social issues research within five years of receiving a graduate degree. 

  • Obesity Society. Early Career Research Grants. This program (formerly, New Investigator Research Grants) is offered by The Obesity Society (TOS), as a member service, to foster and stimulate new research ideas in any area of investigation related to obesity. The program targets junior-level investigators and post-doctoral trainees by funding proposals that demonstrate a high likelihood of resulting in new and innovative approaches in obesity research. 


With thanks to Theresa Ford at Kent State University at Stark for compiling the list.