Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship Program encourages promising early-career scientists to enter and, importantly, remain in the ALS field. Fellows receive up to $150,000 over 2 years to support research of high scientific merit and relevance to ALS.  

During their fellowship, junior postdoctoral researchers work with a senior mentor and gain extensive exposure to the ALS research community through meetings and presentations. Fellows also develop high-quality papers and collect foundational data to support applications for further funding from the Association, the National Institutes of Health and other sources.  

Who Can Apply?  

Junior postdoctoral researchers who received their terminal research degree (i.e., Ph.D.) and/or reached the end of postgraduate clinical training less than 2 years before the date letters of intent are due are eligible to apply. Applicants can be completing their research training anywhere in the world.  

The application period for 2024 has closed. Click here to explore other funding opportunities.

Impact of the Program  

The Safenowitz family established this program in 2004 in memory of Milton Safenowitz, and its impact has been sustained through the generous support of donors around the world. Since its founding, the Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship Program has proudly sponsored more than 90 postdoctoral fellows. Approximately 75% of awardees have stayed in ALS research, and many have gone on to establish their own laboratories and mentor more ALS researchers along the way. Other Safenowitz fellows have moved on to successful careers in industry, medical writing and nonprofit organizations.   


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Being awarded a Safenowitz Fellowship was a big deal in my career. It was my first postdoc fellowship as I transitioned from my Ph.D. work and provided a lot of encouragement and validation. It also gave me a great deal of independence to pursue my research and dive deeper into the field.”
Sergey Stavisky, Ph.D.
2016 Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellow
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