Prizes and Awards for Postdocs


The Memorial Sloan Kettering community funds several major prizes and awards for postdoctoral researchers.

Postdoc Innovation Fellowship

The Sloan Kettering Institute awards fellowships to MSK postdocs who are investigating new technologies to address unmet needs in research. Proposals may include new approaches to utilizing imaging, biochemistry, screening, genetics, or sequencing. 

Innovation Fellows receive up to $100,000 per year for up to two years to cover salary and related costs.

Postdoctoral Research Award

The Postdoctoral Research Award recognizes the accomplishments and promise of outstanding MSK postdocs. Recipients receive a cash prize of $2,000. The award is given annually during MSK’s Academic Convocation ceremony.

Society Scholar Prize

The Society Scholars Prize honors top-performing postdocs who are adjusting to life as new parents. Awardees are eligible for a cash prize of up to $5,000. The prize is supported by The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Tri-Institutional Breakout Award for Junior Investigators

Awarded annually, this prestigious honor recognizes the work of three to six postdoctoral researchers from Tri-Institutional community with a cash prize of $25,000 each.

The award was established in 2015 by three winners of the 2013 Breakthrough Prize in Life Science — Charles Sawyers of Memorial Sloan Kettering; Cornelia Bargmann of Rockefeller; and Lewis C. Cantley of Weill Cornell — with additional financial support from the Tri-I member institutions.