Open Call – 2022 McKnight Scholar Awards

Nov 18, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Faculty

To: All Divisional Faculty
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Funding Opportunity

The Office of Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the McKnight Foundation.  Please forward the call to interested faculty in your departments and divisions. 

UCSC Contact:
Funder: McKnight Foundation
Opportunity: 2022 McKnight Scholar Award
Funding: $225,000, over 3 years


The McKnight Scholar Award program gives promising young investigators in the early stages of an independent research career the opportunity to develop their work on critical problems in brain science. The intent of the program is to support the commitment by young scientists to a research career that will have an important influence on the study of the brain.


  • An M.D., Ph.D., or other suitable doctorate
  • A record of meritorious research
  • Evidence of a commitment to a career in neuroscience
  • Full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor, and must have served at that rank for less than four years at the application deadline (exceptions may be made to allow for parental leave).  Scientists holding other titles such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible, and time spent in service in those ranks does not count against the four years of service for determining eligibility.
  • Documentation that the sponsoring institution has government approval for the applicant to work in the U.S.

How to apply

Please see the specific application guidelines and follow the instructions for online application. In this competition, up to six McKnight Scholars will be selected to receive three years of support, beginning July 1, 2022.


  • January 10, 2022: Application due
  • March 2022: Applicants notified
  • April 29, 2022: Interview in New York City
  • Late May, 2022: awards announced
  • July 2022: Start date

List of McKnight Scholar Awardees:  click here

Special Requirements

Please submit a proposal intake form prior to UCSC’s internal Institutional Deadlines. For support developing your proposal, please contact the Research Development Specialist assigned to your unit or send a request to

The Office of Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The FR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. FR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits.

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the FR website. FR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact