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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the mission of the Foundation?

The Foundation rewards excellence globally and encourages achievement on the highest levels in fields that contribute to the well being of our world in both science and human rights. The International Prize Program recognizes and rewards the best work being done anywhere in the fields of Cosmology, the study of the universe; Genetics; and Neuroscience. The Justice and Women's Rights Prizes ended in 2011, and their missions have merged and become the basis of the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights, a Yale University program administered by Yale Law School.

2. Where does the money for the prizes come from?

The Foundation was completely endowed by the Grubers, and is funded through Yale. It has received no outside funding. Peter Gruber's long and successful career in the asset management business made The Gruber Foundation possible.

3. Who chooses the Prize recipients?

Award recipients are selected each year from nominations received from around the world. Each prize has a separate panel of experts who serve and then rotate off. The Selection Advisors meet and make a decision after discussion and deliberation. Selection Advisors for Cosmology are nominated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU); Genetics Selection Advisors are nominated by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the Genetics Society of America (GSA); Neuroscience Selection Advisors are nominated by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

4. How do I apply for Gruber Foundation grants?

The Gruber Foundation is not a grant-making organization.

5. How do I apply for the International Prize Program?

You cannot apply. You must be nominated, and to be nominated your work must be of international stature. Independent advisory boards comprised of experts in the various fields choose the International Prize Program recipients. Only officially nominated candidates are considered. No self-nominations are accepted.

6. How long are nominations to the Prize Program viable?

Unless selected to receive the Prize, or voted off by the Advisory Board, nominations are kept on an active list for three years. After the third year of consideration, nominations must be resubmitted.

7. Does the Foundation staff participate in the selection process for the Prize Program?

No. Staff members are present only to facilitate the meetings and to note the proceedings. The Selection Advisory Board selects recipients.

8. How do I apply for the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights?

Certain components of this program are open to Yale students or facutly members from Yale or other universities. The program is administered by Yale Law School, and further information is available via: http://www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/gruberprogram.htm

9. How do I apply for the Young Scientist Awards?

The Gruber Foundation does not funds these awards, but they are administered by the affiliated science organizations. Please see the YSA page for further information.

10. How do I apply for the Gruber Science Fellowship at Yale?

The Gruber Science Fellowship is offered to promising Yale applicants upon admission to the University, there is no application process.

11. Are the Grubers still involved in the Foundation?

Yes. Patricia Gruber is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of The Gruber Foundation along with Waring Partridge.

12. Does The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation still exist?

Yes, with a very reduced scope. For further information, see http://www.ppgruberfoundation.org/