The HMS Neurobiology Department is fortunate to be able to support HMS trainees and faculty members through various grant programs, some of which are listed below.

If you are a member of the HMS community and have any general questions about upcoming opportunities, please don't hesitate to reach out.

The Quan Fellowship and the Neurobiology Graduate Fellowship Fund provides support for outstanding, articulate PhD students who have shown significant leadership qualifications. These funds enable the Department of Neurobiology to support fundamental research and training for predoctoral fellows. Funds may be used to support stipend and tuition/fees. Funding is not available to applicants who are not current members of the neurobiology department.

RFA in the spring. 

Contact for RFA information.

Postdoctoral fellows doing basic science research relevant to neurological diseases in laboratories of HMS Department of Neurobiology Quad faculty members are eligible to apply for fellowship support through this program.

Note: only one application per lab.

RFA in the spring. 

Contact for RFA information.

The Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Center for the Study of Neurodegenerative Disorders was established at Harvard Medical School in May of 1995.  The Lefler Funds support faculty, postdoctoral fellows and predoctoral students doing innovative studies that shed light on neurogenesis, neurodegeneration and other neurological diseases.  

The Lefler Program will release RFAs for Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships as well as Faculty Small Grants in the spring.

Contact for RFA information.

The goal of the Ludwig Neurodegenerative Disease Seed Grants Program is to fuel discovery towards new therapies for neurodegenerative conditions, with a specific interest in Alzheimer’s Disease. The program aims to foster a dedicated community of researchers and award recipients and their trainees will be expected to meet amongst themselves on a regular basis; they will also present their progress to their HMS peers at special seminars attended by department Chairs and representatives from the Carol and Gene Ludwig Family Foundation.

Read about the 2022 recipients HERE.

Read about the 2023 recipients HERE.

This funding is a gift from Leonard Goldenson to establish the Isabelle and Leonard Goldenson Research Fund, supporting biomedical research with particular attention to discovering the causes of and methods of treatment for the prevention of cerebral palsy and related diseases of the nervous system.

There are three funding opportunities:
Goldenson Faculty Research Awards; Neurobiology Department Faculty

Genise Junior Faculty Research Awards; Neurobiology Department Assistant or Associate Professor

Goldenson Postdoctoral Research Awards; Postdoctoral fellows in laboratories in HMS Quad departments and the F. M. Kirby Neurobiology Center at Boston Children’s Hospital

RFAs are released in the fall.
Contact for RFA information.

The William Randolph Hearst Fund was established at Harvard Medical School in honor and recognition of the efforts and devotion of Isabelle and Leonard Goldenson and Ethel and Jack Hausman on behalf of handicapped children. It seeks to fund promising projects centered around brain development and the prevention of neuromotor disabilities.

Eligibility is restricted to research fellows, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and instructors, working in a Quad-based laboratory or in the Kirby Center at Boston Children's Hospital.

RFA will be released in the fall.
Contact for RFA information.