Early Career Awards

Important Dates

Panofsky Fellowship Application

Deadline: November 2, 2020


LDRD Important Dates:

  • Open House
    February 27, 2020
  • FY21 call for proposals
    Q2 2020
  • Proposals due
    April 21, 2020

View full calendar on LDRD site »


The Office of Science of the Department of Energy has been running the Early Career Research program since 2009.  This funding opportunity is for researchers early in their careers and with research topics that supports the mission of Office of Science in the following areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP). 

This is a very prestigious award.  The process of applying for this award invites early career scientists to think strategically about their long term plans and how these plans fit into program goals of the Lab and the DOE Office of Science.

For additional information, visit the science.gov links below: 

DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Site

For example of the most recent call and its related FAQ, visit:



  • Full-time SLAC employee
  • Received PhD within last 10 years from the year the funding opportunity call is issued
  • Cannot be a Postdoctoral Scholar (PD), Research Associate (RA)
  • Cannot be a Project Scientist with the exception of Panofsky Fellow
  • Candidates limited to a total of 3 submissions of final full proposal packages
At SLAC, application must receive endorsement from management chain and must identify a SLAC senior scientist to work with as a mentor.



  • Minimum award is $500,000 per year for five years
  • Limited to one award per candidate


High Level Timeline 

Timing of the Early Career Award funding opportunity call has been in the fall.  The exact date varies every year.  At a very high level, the timeline would like this:

  • Month X – Call announced in the fall
  • 1 Month before the announcement
    • SLAC Office of Chief Research Officer kicks off the annual application process with a two hour long ECA workshop.  All eligible PhDs will receive email invitation to this kick off.   The workshop provides an overview of the program and the SLAC internal processes and deadlines.  Three to four past awardees are at the workshop to share their ECA experiences with a focus on tips, strategies, challenges and lessons learned.  
  • Due in 1 month after the announcement
    • Submission for required pre-application
  • Due in 3 months from the announcement
    • Submission for final application


Past Recipients

Fiscal Year PI Last Name PI First Name SLAC Org
2010 Ding Yuantao AD
  Schwartzman Ariel FPD
2011 Guehr Markus Gone
  Wang Faya AD
2012 Xiang Dao Gone
2013 Bligaard Thomas Gone
  Hoeche Stefan Gone
  Wu Juhao AD
2014 Ghimire Shambhu ESD
2015 Sakdinawat Anne SSRL
2017 Ahmed Zeeshan FPD
  Fiuza Frederico FPD
  Nanni Emilio TID
2018 Gorkhover Taisia ESD
  Kagan Michael FPD
  Terao Kazuhiro FPD
  Turner Joshua LCLS
2019 Gleason Arianna FPD
  Gamzina Diana TID
2020 Cordones-Hahn Amy ESD
  O'Shea Brendan AD