About the Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship

In 1981, the Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund established the Klingenstein Fellowship Awards to better understand epilepsy and improve the lives of those suffering from it.

Over the years, the Fund broadened the scope of these awards to include early career investigators engaged in basic or clinical neuroscience research that could lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The awards are now among the nation’s oldest and most illustrious fellowships for highly promising, early career scientists conducting cutting edge neuroscience research.

In 2013, the Fund forged a partnership with the Simons Foundation to launch the Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience. Through this partnership, the Fund continues to award fellowships that support high-risk, high-reward projects. Several areas within the neurosciences are of particular interest:

  • Cellular and molecular neuroscience. Studies of the mechanisms of neuronal excitability and development, and of the genetic basis of behavior.
  • Neural systems. Studies of the integrative function of the nervous system.
  • Translational research. Studies designed to improve our understanding of the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

In 2021, the Esther A. & Joseph  Klingenstein Fund conducted an evaluation of its Neuroscience Fellowship Program. The results can be found here.