The Angelika Amon Young Scientist Award

Angelika Amon

Angelika Amon. Credit: Constance Brukin, courtesy of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives

Pioneering geneticist and cell biologist Angelika Amon (1967-2020) was a dedicated mentor, guide, advocate, and friend to many scientists. From her five years as a fellow at the Whitehead Institute and through her time as a faculty member at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, she trained countless undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and technicians—sharing with them her lifelong passion for fundamental biology and discovery science. The ripple effect of Angelika’s inspiration and counsel is profound. Amon Lab alumni have set up their own labs in numerous universities and research institutes around the world.

The Angelika Amon Young Scientist Award at MIT's Koch Institute is an endowed prize established in 2021 by family and friends and awarded annually to two graduate students in the life sciences or biomedical research from institutions outside the United States who embody Dr. Amon’s excellence in research and infectious enthusiasm for basic science. Winners receive approximately 1,000 USD, economy airfare, and hotel accommodations to visit the Koch Institute for several days to network with MIT faculty, postdocs and graduate students working at the top of their fields. The visit culminates with a scientific presentation at MIT and award ceremony.

Mid- to late-stage graduate students currently pursuing advanced degrees in the life sciences or biomedical research at non-US institutions as of the original application due date (May 31, 2024) are eligible to apply. Applicants must be available to travel to MIT's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA  for several days  (on campus at least Tuesday, November 12 – Thursday, November 14, 2024, inclusive) and will be provided with economy travel, up to six (6) nights of hotel accommodation near the Koch Institute, and a monetary award.

Please submit application as a single email to by 11:59 PM EDT Friday, June 14, 2024 (extended due date for applications).

Required components, to be combined in a single PDF (please follow this order): 

  • Cover page, including applicant information: name, address, home institution, department/degree program, email, and phone 
  • Research summary or abstract of graduate thesis (300 words maximum)
  • Current CV
  • Written personal statement (one page limit) addressing the following questions: What led you to discovery science? How did you get to this stage of research? What do you hope to do next?  How does this award resonate with your goals?
  • Video (3 minute maximum, shared via YouTube link only) addressing the following question: What are most excited about in your research?
  • Two letters of institutional support from applicant's home and/or affiliated institution, including one letter from the graduate research supervisor

Please email with any questions.


Johanna Gassler, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austria & Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany 

Ruxandra-Andreea Lambuta, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland



Alejandro Aguilera Castrejon, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Melanie de Almeida, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria

Support the Award 

Gifts to the Amon Young Scientist Award can be made online or by contacting Karen Sveda, Managing Director of Development, at or (617) 324-7399.