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Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship

Application Instructions

The selection of the Sydney Brenner Research Scholar is based on CSHL's determination of:
  • Quality of the research proposal (importance of topic, originality and sophistication of approach, and feasibility of research objectives)
  • Relevance of the research proposal to the materials held in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archival Collections
  • Evidence of the applicant’s ability to carry out the proposed research project (as outlined in at least two letters of reference, reviews of previous work, publication record, etc.)

Selection Process

Proposals and applications are due by Sept. 1 each year. Proposals will be reviewed by the CSHL Archives Committee and a Fellow will be chosen by Nov. 1 each year, to begin the following September.
Selection of the Sydney Brenner scholar will be made at the sole discretion of CSHL.


The Sydney Brenner Research Scholar will be required to visit the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives to use the Collections within one year, beginning in September. The stipend of $6,000 - $10,000 can be used for any purpose, including travel, transportaion and accommodations for the time that is spent at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.


In submitting an application for the Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship, the applicant does not incur any obligation to accept the award if selected..

  1. Scholars are obligated to travel to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and do their research using the Library and Archives collections
  2. Scholars are expected to present the results of their research in a talk, at a meeting, on a website, or in some other educational endeavor to the educational community at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
  3. A copy the final research report (in the format of a scholarly book, article, or other project) is to be donated to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives to be placed in its collection.
  4. The stipend of $10,000 is to cover expenses incurred for travel and subsistence while doing research using the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory library and archives resources. Additional costs that may apply might be recording oral history interviews, microfilming archival materials, or completing other tasks involved in meeting the requirements of the scholarship.

Application Instructions

Instructions for each part of the Application
  1. Complete the two-page application form
  2. Research proposal:
    A. Statement of your research (not more than 1000 words and no more than two pages - 12 pt. font, double-spaced) describing your research project, including the following:
    - Full description of the research you plan to undertake at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
    - Explanation of the importance of the project both in relation to your own research goals and the broader discipline
    - Justification for conducting your research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
    B. Selected bibliography of titles or collections in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives that are relevant to your research proposal.
    C. Brief budget statement showing the expenses for which support is requested.
  3. Curriculum Vitae, reflecting your education, previous or current fellowships, grants, and awards, and a brief description of your research interests. Include undergraduate and graduate education, inclusive dates of study, areas of study, degrees earned, and major publications.
  4. Two letters of reference from individuals, evaluating your proposal. These referees should be familiar with your work. The reference letters should be sent in sealed envelopes signed by the referee across the flap.
Please note: Applicants should either be working toward a graduate degree in the history of science (in which case they should include a letter of reference from their thesis adviser) or show a record of publication in the field.
Summary: A complete Application will include:
  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Research Proposal with bibliography and budget statement
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Two letters of reference (in sealed envelopes)
Contact Information
Send all parts of your application together to:
Brenner Scholarship Research Program
Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
1 Bungtown Rd.
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
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