Regional Guidelines


2019 Blavatnik Regional Awards Flyer


The Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists celebrate the excellence of outstanding postdoctoral scientists from institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut working in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Three winners will each receive $30,000 in unrestricted funds and six finalists will each receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds.


The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1977*.

  • Hold a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).

  • Hold a postdoctoral position at an academic or research institution located in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

  • Currently conduct research in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Previously nominated individuals who were not selected as winners or finalists of the Blavatnik Awards may be nominated again.

The Blavatnik Awards strongly encourages the nomination of women and other underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

*Age limit exceptions will be considered by the Academy in exceptional circumstances upon a detailed written submission from the nominating institution received by the Academy at no later than Wednesday, January 16, 2019.


Institutional nominations must be submitted online by the President (or equivalent), Provost, or their official designee. Each institution may nominate up to 15 candidates. If the identity of the 2019 designated nominator has changed since the 2018 Regional Awards cycle, institutions must send a brief statement to naming their official designee as nominator before submitting nominations. 

Nominating institutions are encouraged to consider candidates from across the institution, focusing on the scope of the candidate's work and its relevance within a given scientific category. For example, an institution can nominate a Chemistry nominee who is not based in the Chemistry Department, but is working on a research program in one of the disciplinary categories covered by the Chemistry section of the Blavatnik Regional Awards.  Nominating institutions seeking more guidance may contact the Academy at

Self-nominations are not allowed. Nominees do not submit their own nomination materials and should direct all their questions to their institution's official nominator.


Nominees and their work will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Quality: The extent to which the work is reliable, valid, credible, and scientifically rigorous.

  • Impact: The extent to which the work addresses an important problem and is influential in the nominee’s field.

  • Novelty: The extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, employs new methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.

  • Promise: Nominee’s potential for an independent career and further significant contributions to science or science-related fields.


  • December 5, 2018: Nominations open

  • January 16, 2019: Eligibility exception requests due

  • January 30, 2019: Nominations close at 11:59PM ET

  • February 13, 2019: Letters of support due by 11:59PM ET

  • Summer 2019: Winners and finalists selected and notified

  • November 2019: Awards ceremony in New York City


The following documents and information are required to submit a nomination:

  • Nominee’s name, date of birth, title, contact information, and disciplinary category.

  • Nominator’s name, title, and contact information.

  • Nominator’s Rationale for Nomination (200-word maximum).

  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae (4-page maximum, PDF).

  • Nominee’s Research Summary (1,000-word maximum, PDF).

  • Full-text publications and/or patents representing the nominee’s work (up to 4 publications, PDF).

  • Names and email addresses for two letter writers familiar with the nominee’s scientific contributions who will provide letters of support.

Rationale for Nomination

A 200-word statement that explains why the nominee has been selected by the institution based on his/her strong record of significant scientific contributions, early career success, and promise of sustained or accelerated progress in the future.

Curriculum Vitae (Label file: LastName_FirstName-CV.pdf)     

CV Format Example

  • 4 pages maximum

  • Full name, current institution(s), and position title.

  • Education and training; including postdoctoral training and/or residency. Please include name(s) of thesis, postdoctoral, or other formal advisors.

  • Employment history.

  • Honors and awards with years when they were received.

  • List all peer-reviewed publications directly related to postdoctoral research – List only published work or manuscripts in press; do not include manuscripts that are submitted or in preparation. Conference abstracts and proceedings should only be included if they are the primary way of disseminating new results in the nominee’s field, such as in computer science and mathematics.

  • Select patents & patent applications: please include patent title, 1-2 sentence synopsis, and year submitted/approved.

  • Research grants – List funding for the ongoing and completed projects on which the nominee is a PI, co-PI, or listed as key personnel.

Research Summary (Label file: LastName_FirstName-Summary.pdf)

A research summary (1,000-words maximum), written in the first person by the nominee, should describe up to five of the nominee's most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments during his/her postdoctoral career. Key results, their impact on the nominee’s field of study, and the nominee’s specific role in the described work should be included. Information about the nominee’s positions, awards, and service should be excluded. One figure illustrating the most significant research results is allowed. Citations and figure caption do not count toward the word limit.

Key Publications and Patents (Label files: LastName_FirstName-Pub1.pdf, etc.)

Full-text published papers or filed patents representing the nominee’s best work (four publications maximum). Each publication should not be larger than 10MB. Work published by the nominee during graduate training will not be considered.


Letters of support should:

  • Be a maximum of two pages, single-spaced, and uploaded as PDF files.

  • Indicate how letter writer has become acquainted with the nominee's work/research.

  • Describe the nominee's most significant research contributions and explain their importance for the nominee's research area.

  • Assess the nominee's accomplishments in comparison with those of his or her peers at the same career stage.

  • Focus on the nominee's scientific accomplishments during his/her post-doctoral career and omit information typically included in the CV, such as positions and awards.


Nominations must be submitted using the online nomination system between Wednesday, December 5, 2018 and Wednesday, January 30, 2019.


For general questions about the rules and eligibility requirements, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.

For all other inquiries, please contact us.