50 postdoctoral fellowships awarded to early-career scientists in the social, behavioral and economic sciences

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February 22, 2022 The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences has awarded 50 early-career researchers with postdoctoral fellowships. The fellowships will support research on a range of human-focused topics, from using brain imaging to understand the neural mechanisms that support psychological well-being to developing new computational methods that can help American families build greater financial security. Each fellowship award will support an early-career researcher for two years. In addition to conducting fundamental research, fellows are mentored by a sponsoring senior researcher to help prepare them for a career in science. 14 of the fellowships were supported by funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help bolster institutions and researchers who were impacted particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Early-career scientists pave the way for future innovations and breakthroughs,” says Josie Miranda, director of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships program. “It is critically important to support them during the postdoctoral period so they can gain the scientific expertise and training necessary to do cutting-edge research. The additional funds we received through the American Rescue Plan Act allowed us to support a greater number of promising researchers and their future scientific advancements.” … 2021 Postdoctoral Research Fellows in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences: Omer Ali (Duke University ) Sponsoring scientist: William Darity Jr.