We Recognize and Support Your Work
Our awards span a wide range of achievements, from recognizing the merits of young and promising neuroscientists, to honoring those who’ve dedicated their careers to furthering the field.
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Outstanding Career and Research Achievements Awards
Learn more about these awards and the distinguished scientists who have earned them.
Julius Axelrod Prize
Awarded to scientists for standout achievements in neuropharmacology, or a related area, while mentoring younger scientists. Supported by The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.
Peter Seeburg Integrative Neuroscience Prize
The Peter Seeburg Integrative Neuroscience Prize, endowed by the Schaller-Nikolich Foundation, honors original and groundbreaking achievements in neuroscience.
Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience
The highest honor that we bestow, this award recognizes the achievements of a scientist throughout the course of his or her lifetime.
Jacob P. Waletzky Award
Recognizes young scientists whose research has significantly furthered the understanding of drug addiction. Supported by The Waletzky Prize Award Fund.
The Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience
Granted to a scientist who greatly impacted the field through sustained contributions or recent breakthroughs. Supported by The Swartz Foundation.
Early Career Awards
For students, postdoctoral fellows, and scientists in the field for a decade or less who have contributed remarkable research or achievements.
The Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Science
Awarded to a young neuroscientist's outstanding PhD thesis in the area of behavioral neuroscience. Supported by The Grass Foundation.
The Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award
Honors young neuroscientists who exhibited creativity in their research and successful academic transitions on the path to tenure. Supported by The Trubatch Family.
Jennifer N. Bourne Prize in Brain Ultrastructure
The Jennifer N. Bourne Prize in Brain Ultrastructure, funded by Kristen M. Harris, recognizes an early-career neuroscientist for outstanding work that advances our understanding of brain structure and structure-function relationships at the nanometer scale.
The Nemko Prize in Cellular or Molecular Neuroscience
Recognizes a young neuroscientist's standout PhD thesis on the various mechanisms of higher brain function and cognition. Supported by The Nemko Family.
The Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award
Awarded to a young neuroscientist whose research and academics have excelled in an international setting. Supported by The Gruber Foundation.
Young Investigator Award
For neuroscientists with a decade's experience or less who have successfully contributed to their field. Supported by Sunovion.
Honoring Support For Women
These awards honor the promotion and mentoring of women in neuroscience, including mentorship, professional development, and outstanding careers.
Bernice Grafstein Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Mentoring
Recognizes individuals whose mentorship has supported the advancement of women in neuroscience.
Louise Hanson Marshall Special Recognition Award
Honors individuals who have significantly promoted the professional development of women in neuroscience.
Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognizes an individual with outstanding career achievements who has also supported the professional advancement of women in neuroscience.
The Patricia Goldman-Rakic Hall of Honor
Honors posthumously a neuroscientist who pursued career excellence and was dedicated to advancing women in neuroscience.
Science Education and Outreach Awards
These awards recognize the contributions made by educators and advocates to promote the field of neuroscience among students and the public at large.
Award for Education in Neuroscience
SfN grants this award to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to neuroscience education and training.
Next Generation Award
Chapter members who make valuable contributions to outreach, education, and public communication about neuroscience are recognized with a Next Generation Award.
Science Educator Award
This two-part award honors a neuroscientist's educational outreach, and a neuroscientist's fieldwork on research, outreach, policy, and education.
Awards to Our Annual Meeting
Apply to receive complimentary registration, cover your expenses, and benefit from career advancement opportunities.
Trainee Professional Development Award
For undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to participate in the annual meeting.
Science Journalism Student Award
For undergraduate or graduate students. Includes mentorship and covers travel expenses.
International Travel Awards
FENS Forum Award
For North American members of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) who want to attend their annual forum.
IBRO World Congress Award
For graduate students who want to attend the IBRO World Congress.
JNS Meeting Award
An exchange sponsorship between SfN and the Japan Neuroscience Society to attend their annual meetings.
International Scientists: Attend Our Annual Meeting
FENS Member Award
For members of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).
IBRO Member Award
For neuroscientists age 35 or under who reside in less-developed countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
JNS Member Award
For graduate student or postdoctoral investigator members of the Japan Neuroscience Society to attend the annual meeting.