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Awards & Scholarships

The Origins Project provides a variety of unique awards and scholarships to students, faculty, scholars and researchers. There are a number of opportunities available that we encourage you to explore, all of which are intended to help foster education, research and collaboration related to our Mission.

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The application for the Origins Project Postdoctoral Lectureship Award is now closed. 

Origins Project Postdoctoral Lectureship Award ($10,000 & stay in Tempe, AZ)

Applications are currently being accepted for the following faculty funding opportunities:

Faculty Workshop Proposal ($10,000 per Origins Scientific Workshop selected)

Applications are now open for these student and faculty funding opportunities. Apply by March 1, 2018!

Norman K. Perrill Origins Project Scholarship ($1,000 per student, up to 2 students)

Undergraduate Student Research Support ($5,000 per student & $5,000 per faculty with each selected project; up to 2 projects)

Faculty Research Award (up to $5,000 per faculty


Norm Perrill Scholarship

Origins Project Scholarship Luncheon 2016 Origins Project Scholarship luncheon with ASU Professor Emeritus Dr. Norm Perrill.

The Origins Project at ASU offers the Norm Perrill Origins Project Scholarship. This scholarship, made possible by the generosity of ASU Professor Emeritus Dr. Norm Perrill, is awarded annually to an ASU student who demonstrates financial need, academic excellence, and shows academic rigor in issues of interest to the Origins Project.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Norm Perrill Scholarships are being accepted now through March 1, 2017.

Undergraduate Student Research Support

Origins Project Scholarship Luncheon Lawrence Krauss with 2016 Origins Project Scholarship recipients.

The Origins Project will sponsor 5 ASU undergraduate students and their chosen faculty research mentors who submit proposals in a university-wide competition, to carry out Origins Project related research in their senior academic year. We will present 5 awards of $10,000 ($5K to assist the student, and $5K to assist the research program of their advisor) each year, and host a symposium at the end of the year at which students can present their research.

Proposals for the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Research Scholarship will be accepted December 4, 2017 through March 1, 2018.

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Faculty Research Award

The Origins Project will sponsor a limited number ASU faculty members whose origins-related research project would benefit from additional funding. Any tenured, tenure track, research or clinical professors are welcome to apply for up to $5,000 to help provide startup or bridge funding for a research project, which may consist of any area of research that intersects with the interests of the Origins Project.

Applications for the 2018-19 Faculty Research Award are now being accepted.

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Faculty Workshop Proposal

The Origins Project at ASU is pleased to provide an opportunity for ASU faculty to submit Origins scientific workshop proposals for consideration for funding of up to $10,000 per event. Any tenured, tenure track, research, or clinical professors are welcome to submit a proposal for an Origins Project scientific workshop, in research areas that intersect with the interests of the Origins Project.

Applications for Faculty Workshop Proposals for an Origins Scientific Workshop are being accepted now through March 1, 2018

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Origins Postdoctoral Lectureship Award

2017 Postdoctoral Lectureship Award winner Zachary Adam.

The Origins Project annually honors an outstanding postdoctoral researcher whose research is relevant to the mission of the Origins Project, from any country in the world. This program brings the winning candidate to Arizona State University for a week to share their expertise through lectures to faculty, students, and the general public. This prestigious $10,000 award is the largest of its kind in the world.

Congratulations to Zachary Adam, the 2017 Origins Project Postdoctoral Lectureship Award winner! Learn more about Zachary, his research, and his public lecture at ASU.

Past winners include Adrian Liu, from the University of California, Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics, and Aomawa Shields, NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow and UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Deadline extended! Nominations for the 2018 Origins Postdoctoral Lectureship Award will now be accepted through November 15, 2017.

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Origins Project Internships

The Origins Project offers student internships during Fall, Spring and Summer terms. These positions vary in scope of work, including event support, writing, marketing, and administrative.

Learn more about internships and other student volunteer positions on our student webpage.

Check back for positions for 2017. Email Origins.Project@asu.edu with questions.