Leon Levy Fellowship in Neuroscience

The Foundation established the Leon Levy Fellowship in Neuroscience to expand on Leon Levy’s interest in neuroscience and the functioning of the brain to better understand its impact on human behavior. The Foundation hopes to advance the careers of outstanding young neuroscientists as they pursue innovative, risk-taking research at select New York institutions.


Dr. Richard W. Tsien

New York University Langone Medical Center

In 2013 the Foundation awarded a 5 year grant to NYU Langone Medical Center to engage up to five promising early-career neuroscientists in two or three year terms as Leon Levy Fellows in neuroscience. The program reaches across all the prominent neuroscience departments at NYU Langone with Dr. Richard W.  Tsien and Dr. Glenn N. Saxe as Principal Investigators. The fellowships will enable early stage researchers to pursue cutting edge research that might not otherwise be funded and help them launch successful, independent careers in neuroscience.



Dr. Jeffrey A. Lieberman

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

The Leon Levy Fellowship in neuroscience at Columbia supports exceptional physician scientists who are beginning their research careers in psychiatric neuroscience. These awards provide protected time for research during the residency and beyond. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, and Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute.



Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

In 2014, the Foundation awarded a three-year grant to establish a Leon Levy Fellowship Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. The program is an innovative plan for strengthening the entry and retention of physician-scientists into significant research careers in the brain sciences. The Principal Investigator for the program is Dr. Eric J. Nestler, Director of the Friedman Brain Institute, Nash Family Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience


Weill Cornell Medical College

In 2015, the Foundation renewed its support to Weill Cornell Medical College with a four-year, $1.92 million grant for Leon Levy Fellowships in neuroscience.  The grant supports three new cohorts of Weill Cornell’s best and brightest early-career neuroscientists to conduct research at the Brain and Mind Research Institute under the guidance of Dr. Costantino Iadecola as Principal Investigator.



Dr. Costantino Iadecola and Dr. Makoto Ishii

The Rockefeller University

The Foundation established and supports the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior, a nexus for the work of laboratories studying neural systems, neurogenetics, neural development and neurochemistry. In addition, by underwriting Leon Levy Fellowships, it is helping Rockefeller recruit young scientists at the crossroads of physics, mathematics and neuroscience.



Dr. Cori Bargmann and Dr. Steven Shepherd