The Jonathan L. Sessler Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Bioinorganic and Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry

Fellowship at a Glance

Recipient Faculty, Chemistry Professional, Early Career
Category Research
DeadlineNovember 10, 2023


The Jonathan L. Sessler Fellowship recognizes emerging leaders in bioinorganic and medicinal inorganic chemistry.


Sessler Fellows receive an honorarium, an engraved plaque, and registration, travel and housing support for the ACS Meeting at which they present their research. Fellowship recipients will be recognized as Jonathan L. Sessler Fellows.


The Sessler Fellowship is open to an investigator in their first five years of a tenure-track position, with accommodation made for family, health or provider leaves, or an equivalent research appointment at a United States academic, national lab, or nonprofit institution.

Fellows will be selected via a nomination and selection process; self-nominations will not be accepted.


November 10, 2023

How to Apply

To nominate candidates for the Fellowship, nominators must send a single PDF document containing the following elements:

  • The nominee’s name, current affiliation, and contact information
  • Date of initial employment in current tenure-track position or research appointment
  • Explanation of career leave, if any
  • A list of no more than 10 of the nominee’s key publications
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A summary of the nominee’s research achievement as an independent investigator and a description of why he/she should be considered for the Fellowship, a maximum of three pages with at least one-inch margins and a minimum 11-point font size
  • Name, affiliation, and contact details of the person making the nomination

The single PDF file should be sent to with “Sessler Fellowship Nomination” in the subject line.


The Jonathan L. Sessler Endowed Fund for Emerging Leaders in Bioinorganic and Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry


The Jonathan L. Sessler Endowed Fund for Emerging Leaders in Bioinorganic and Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry was established in 2020 to provide recognition to early-career researchers in the bioinorganic and medicinal inorganic chemistry community. Professor Jonathan L. Sessler is the R.P. Doherty, Jr. – Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a B.S. degree with highest honors in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University.

Professor Sessler joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1984. He holds dozens of patents and has published hundreds of research articles. In 1991, he cofounded Pharmacyclics, a company dedicated to developing cancer-fighting drugs. The Jonathan L. Sessler Endowed Fund for Emerging Leaders in Bioinorganic and Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry was established in 2020.

Past Recipients

  • 2022 – Marie Heffern 
  • 2021 – Daniel Suess (MIT)
  • 2020 – Eszter Boros, Stony Brook University (SUNY Stony Brook)
  • 2019 – Justin Wilson (Cornell University)
  • 2018 – Alison Fout (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Contact Information

American Chemical Society Scientific Advancement Division at

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