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Join the Interstellar Initiative

This is an exclusive opportunity for Early Career Investigators to join a cross-disciplinary global research team that tackles a major challenge in human health and disease. Apply today for this career-defining experience.


Application Deadline

May 24, 2022, 12 PM ET

Reasons to Apply

Grow Professionally

Build Your Network

Make a Difference

Collaborate with other scientists and mentors from a broad range of disciplines. 

Convening a new cohort each year, participants will emerge with a lifelong network of peers worldwide.

Work on a solution to a human health and disease challenge that can improve people's lives.

Practical Application

Become a Star of Science

Free Membership

Become a select participant of a highly competitive program.

Access a complimentary year of New York Academy of Sciences membership benefits.

Develop a  stress-tested research proposal that can be submitted for funding.


Eligibility requirements include a doctorate awarded in 2012 or later and ten years or less of active research experience. Applicants must hold an independent, tenure-track position or equivalent at a university, private research institution, academic medical center or government laboratory. Candidates should have backgrounds in the four broad categories of biomedical sciences, life sciences, physical/natural sciences and biotechnology/analytical technology. 

Hear from our Alumni

"For early-career scientists, mentorship is everything, and that's true even more so in this case"

"If you're working in your own zone, you'll do what's familiar.

But bringing together different disciplines and technologies creates a novel, creative environment for solving problems."

"This program is a great opportunity for young investigators to participate in international collaborations."

"For early-career scientists, mentorship is everything; that's true even more so in this case."

Valerie Chew, PhD

Duke-NUS Medical School

Carlotta Mummolo, PhD

NJ Institute of Technology

Taisuke Kondo, PhD

Keio University

Joining the Interstellar Initiative


Start the application. Work can be saved as you progress. Go at your own pace. 

May 24, 2022

Final applications are due.

July 2022

Winners are notified by email.

August 2022

Meet your peers and mentor at a virtual orientation.

September 12 - 14, 2022

Workshop I: Convene Virtually

Devise your research concept with your team.

October 2022 - January 2023

Meet virtually to refine your idea between workshops.

February 23-24, 2023

Workshop II: Convene Virtually

Present your pitch.

Post Workshops

Teams are encouraged to submit stress-tested proposals for funding

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