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Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences


Monday, September 15, 2014


 The goal of the Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences is to kick-start the research career of promising future senior investigators in the chemical sciences. The Marion Milligan Mason Fund will provide three grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. Awards are for women who are starting their academic research careers. In addition to research funding, the program will provide leadership development and mentoring opportunities.

Applicants must have a "full-time" career-track appointment. More than one applicant from the same institution can apply for this award, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.

For more information about the request for proposals for the Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences, please click here to view the PDF.

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Must have completed a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, or any chemistry-related field.
  • Must be early in a research career as teaching or research staff with 10 or fewer years since earning a Ph.D, at the time of application. Must not be a postdoctoral fellow.
  • Must be actually originating independent research work in a U.S. Ph.D. granting institution
  • Must be American-born, naturalized citizen or permanent resident.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed in two stages:

(1) The stage one review is conducted by a panel of scientists and engineers who will review all completed applications. Each application will be reviewed by at least three (3) scientists. The top 20-25 applications selected by this panel will be forwarded for final review and selection by the jury.

(2) The stage two review is conducted by the jury. The jury is comprised of four (4) distinguished members of the chemical sciences community. The final award recipients will be determined by the jury.


  • Must demonstrate a commitment to developing an independent research career in the chemical sciences.
  • Must clearly describe how the activities proposed in the application will enable progression towards a research career as an independent scientist in the chemical sciences.

Candidates are evaluated for overall excellence with a focus on:

  • Intellectual merit as defined by academic records and/or scholarly scientific study that shows...
    1. Ability to plan and conduct research
    2. Ability to work as a team member or independently
    3. Ability to interpret and communicate research findings
  • Scientific excellence and a clearly articulated plan of study
  • Evidence of originality, initiative, and productivity
  • Potential for long-term career enhancement in the chemical sciences research
  • Reference letters

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