Regional Guidelines

Nominations for the 2015 Blavatnik Regional Awards are now closed. 

2015 Blavatnik Regional Awards

The regional postdoctoral awards of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists acknowledge and celebrate the excellence of outstanding postdoctoral scientists and engineers from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut working in disciplines within the 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 Blavatnik Regional Awards will be conferred at a ceremony held in autumn 2015 in New York City.


Nominations for the Blavatnik Regional Awards must be submitted by the institution’s President, Provost, or the President’s official designee. Each institution may nominate up to fifteen candidates for the 2015 awards cycle.


Eligible nominees must:

Past postdoctoral finalists and winners are no longer eligible for the Blavatnik Regional Awards.

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists welcomes nominations of candidates from underrepresented groups in science and engineering.


evaluation criteria

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


There are three roles in the nomination process:

Nominator: The nominator endorses the nominee and submits the online nomination materials. Nominators must be the institution’s President (or equivalent), Provost, or their official designee. Institutions must send a brief statement to naming the official designees as nominators before submitting nominations.

Nominee: The nominee is the individual under consideration for the Award, referred by the nominator. Nominees do not submit their own nomination materials and should direct all their questions to the nominator.

Recommender: The recommender submits a letter of support for the nomination. Recommenders should have or have had a professional relationship with the nominee and be familiar with the nominee’s scientific contributions. Two recommenders are required to submit letters for the nominee.

nomination materials

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

Rationale for Nomination

The Rationale for Nomination is a 1,000-character statement (not including spaces) that explains why the nominee has been selected as the institutional nominee based on his/her strong record of significant independent scientific contributions, early career success, and promise of sustained or accelerated progress in the future.

The Rationale should address the nominee’s research according to the Quality, Impact, Novelty, and Promise evaluation criteria described above.  

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

CV Format Example 

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

A summary of the nominee’s most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments (1,000 words maximum). Citations do not count toward the word limit, and one figure illustrating the most significant research results is allowed. 

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. Only work published by the nominee as a postdoctoral researcher will be considered. 

letters of support

Letters of support should:


Nominations must be submitted using the online nomination system. Materials submitted in any other way will not be accepted.

Additional information


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

If your question remains unanswered, please contact us