Next Generation Leaders

Next Generation Leader Application

Apply to be a Next Generation Leader: Applications for the 2022 cohort are due August 1, 2022

Our Next Generation Leaders Council includes early career investigators and postdocs who act as advisors and ambassadors for our mission of using big science, team science, and open science to accelerate understanding of the brain. The Next Generation Leader program is sponsored by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics, and Allen Institute MindScope Program, our three neuroscience research groups. 

Roles and program benefits during the Next Generation Leader term

  • Participate in the annual Showcase Symposium and related events, to be held December 2022 in Seattle, Washington (or virtually if necessary). View 2021 Symposium.

  • In the first year of serving on the Council, give a presentation on current research at the Showcase Symposium. 

  • Provide feedback in an interactive format with other Council members on research programs and other initiatives at the Allen Institute. 

  • Attend one additional Allen Institute scientific advisory council meeting per year, and gain experience serving on and participating in an advisory council with senior scientists from across the world. 

  • Attend networking sessions with Allen Institute scientists, current, and former Next Generation Leaders through additional events and serve as ambassadors for the Institute and resources in the neuroscience community. 

Program Details

  • All Next Generation Leaders will serve a three-year term. 

  • All travel and accommodation expenses and an annual honorarium will be paid. 

  • Up to six Next Generation Leaders will be appointed each year, for a total of 18 members at a time.

Please contact with any questions.

Qualifications and Application Instructions

Applications for the 2022 class are now closed.

Applicant requirements: 

  • Hold a PhD and/or MD in a relevant field

  • Currently be in a postdoctoral position, or work as an Assistant Professor beginning in or after July 2019, or be at an equivalent level in the industry

  • Have a passion for understanding the complex problems facing brain research today 

Interested participants must complete these steps to apply: Complete application form with biographical information and answers to three questions (each 250 words maximum): 

  • The Allen Institute’s guiding principles are “open science, team science, and multi-scale science.” What compels you most about any of these three principles and how have you engaged with it? 

  • Please respond to one of the following two prompts: (1) describe the work you have been involved in to support building diversity, equity and inclusion. What is your personal strategy and commitment to promoting inclusion on your team? (2) Describe how your lived experience contributes to the diversity of the neuroscience community. 

  • What does being an NGL mean to you and why are you interested in the role? 

Upload application materials in PDF format: 

  • Letter from the applicant including a description for a general audience of research and/or professional accomplishments, and the impact the applicant hopes to have in the neuroscience field over the next 10 years (1 page max.) 

  • Curriculum vitae 

  • Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s innovative work, potential, and ability to bridge disciplines, submitted directly from the recommenders 

Allen Institute staff will not contact references to solicit letters of support.