Next Generation Leaders

The purpose of the Next Generation Leaders Program at the Allen Institute for Brain Science is to formally recognize the importance of fresh and innovative contributions from scientists at early stages of their careers.

By selecting emerging leaders to participate in the Next Generation Leadership Council, we foster professional development by providing opportunities and informal training on how to serve as scientific advisors. The Next Generation Leaders gain direct experience with the model of collaborative team science embraced at the Institute, and act as Institute ambassadors with academic and industry colleagues.

Past Next Generation Leaders Council Members

Jerry Chen, Ph.D. | Boston University
Lisa Giocomo, Ph.D. | Stanford University
Viviana Gradinaru, Ph.D. | California Institute of Technology
Ueli Rutishauser, Ph.D. | Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Krishanu Saha, Ph.D. | University of Wisconsin-Madison
Neville Sanjana, Ph.D. | New York Genome Center & New York University

Apply to be a Next Generation Leader

Roles and program benefits during the Next Generation Leader term

  • Attend the annual Showcase Symposium and related events, to be held December of each year in Seattle, Wash.
  • In the first year of serving on the Council, give a presentation on current research at the Showcase Symposium.
  • Provide feedback in an interactive format with other council members on research programs at the Allen Institute.
  • Attend one additional Allen Institute project advisory council meeting per year, providing an opportunity to gain experience serving on and participating in an advisory council with senior scientists from across the world.
  • Network with Allen Institute scientists and serve as ambassadors for the Institute.

Program Details

  • All Next Generation Leaders will serve a three-year term.
  • All travel expenses and an annual honorarium will be paid.
  • Up to six Next Generation Leaders will be appointed each year, for a total of 18 members.

Qualifications and Application Instructions

  • Applicants must: (1) hold an M.D. and/or Ph.D. in a relevant field; (2) currently serve in a postdoctoral position or have obtained an Assistant Professor position within the previous 2 years (or the equivalent level in industry); (3) have a strong publication record; and (4) have a passion for understanding the complex problems facing brain research today.
  • Interested participants must send the following to apply: (1) letter from the applicant describing research accomplishments and the impact the applicant hopes to have in the neuroscience field over the next 10 years (1-2 pages), including a 2-3 sentence lay summary; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) letter of support submitted directly from the applicant’s PI, department chair, dean or equivalent, addressing the applicant’s innovative work, potential and ability to bridge disciplines. Additional letters of support are welcome.
  • Applications are due June 9, 2017.