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The Foundation

The Gruber Foundation honors and encourages educational excellence in the fields of Cosmology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Justice and Women’s Rights, recognizing groundbreaking work that provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.

The Gruber Foundation is a 509(a)(3) Type 1 supporting organization operated, supervised, or controlled by Yale University and incorporated in 2011 under the 501(c)(3) section of U.S. Corporate Law. It was funded by The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, and Patricia Gruber serves as its Co-founder and President Emeritus.

The Gruber International Prize Program was created to recognize excellence in science by highlighting fields with potential to create a better world: Cosmology, Genetics, and Neuroscience. Each Prize is given annually, and carries an unrestricted cash award of $500,000 and a gold laureate pin. To further support these science fields, The Gruber Foundation has affiliated with preeminent science organizations to award fellowships to promising young scientists.
The Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights was created in 2011. It is a Yale University program administered by Yale Law School that consists of three core components: 1) the Global Constitutionalism Seminar, 2) the Gruber Distinguished Global Justice and Women’s Rights Lectures and 3) the Gruber Global Justice and Women’s Rights Fellowships. The Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights continues and expands upon the missions of the Justice and Women’s Rights Prizes, which ended with the 2011 awards. You may access the Justice and Women’s Rights Prize archives by clicking here.

The third major focus of the Foundation is the Gruber Science Fellowship program, which provides annual fellowships to graduate students and post-graduate fellows studying and conducting research in the basic life sciences, as well as in cosmology and astrophysics. Initially, the Gruber Science Fellowship program will provide up to approximately fifty fellowships of approximately $50,000 each. The Gruber Science Fellowship program is administered by Yale’s Graduate School.