Scholarship Program

New investigators are essential for the future of any field of scientific inquiry. NCM has historically encouraged meeting participation by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The scholarship program is designed to provide recognition of their contributions to the science.

Application Guidelines

The Society for the Neural Control of Movement encourages trainees to present their work at the podium to enhance their recognition in the community and develop important skills; therefore, scholarship applications will be considered for submissions for Team (Multi-Author) and Individual Oral Talks.  Applicants requesting posters will NOT be considered; however applicants who have submitted for an oral but were accepted as a poster will be considered.  The indication of interest is required to accompany Team (Multi-Author) submissions or Individual Talks submissions by the respective submission deadlines.

Successful recipients are required to present a talk or poster during the meeting.


To be eligible for the award, a candidate must:

  • be a NCM member in good standing
  • be no more than six (6) years post PhD degree on January 1st 2025 (documented parental/sick leaves will be taken into consideration)
  • indicate interest to be considered by the submission deadline
  • submit an individual oral or be part of a submitted team presentation

*Please note that previous winners are not eligible for future scholarship opportunities.

If Shortlisted:

Should the applicant be shortlisted, additional information will be required by a set deadline in order to be considered.
Additional information includes:

  • Current year and status as a student or post-doc
  • Proof of student status or PhD date
  • Documented proof of leave should it be considered


Application Deadlines

Scholarship Applications – Now Closed

Applications Open: October 30, 2024

Applications accompanying Team Presentations Closes: December 2, 2024

Applications accompanying Individual Talk Presentations Closes: December 2, 2024

Recipients Announced:  February 2025

How to Apply

Applicants must indicate interest, completing the application form below, including the relevant abstract ID number by the submission deadline.

Should the applicant be shortlisted, additional information will be required by a set deadline in order to be considered.

Additional information include:

  • Your current year and status as a student or post-doc
  • Proof of student status or PhD date
  • Documented proof of leave should it be considered


Individual and Team Submission Applications

Applicants must include the following information through the application form linked below:

  • Applicant Name
  • NCM Membership status (Student or Post doctoral fellow)
  • Affiliation
  • Mentor Name
  • Indication of individual oral or team submission
  • Abstract ID number – Team members must collect this number from the team leader.  Should this be a concern, please contact us for support.  The submitter of any abstract will receive this number following the submission via the confirmation email.
2024 Scholarship Winners

Sabrina Abram, University of California, Berkeley: Rich Ivry

Inbar Avni, Ben-Gurion University: Lior Shmuelof

Chen Avraham, Ben-Gurion University: Firas Mawase

Nicholas Card, University of California, Davis: Sergey Stavisky & David Brandman

Eve Charbonneau, Université de Montréal: Mickael Begon

Anwesha Das, Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg: Elena Azanon

Madeline Gilchrist, Western University: Brian Corneil & Penny MacDonald

Naama Kadmon-Harpaz, Harvard University: Bence Olveczky

Mehrdad Kashefi, Western University: Jorn Diedrichsen

Salif Komi, University of Copenhagen: Rune Berg

Julius Koppen, Erasmus Medical Center: Devika Narain

Irene Lacal, German Primate Center: Alexander Gail

Laureline Logiaco, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ila Fiete

Jennifer Mak, University of Pittsburgh: George Wittenberg

Tatiana Malevich, University of Tuebingen : TBC

Manuel Molano-Mazon, IDIBAPS: Alexandre Hyafil

Marion Naffrechoux, Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (IMPACT Team): Denis Pelisson & Alice Catherine Roy

Mattia Rigotti-Thompson, Emory University & Georgia Institute of Technology: Chethan Pandarinath

Janneke Schwaner, University of California, Irvine & KU Leuven: Friedl de Groote

Surabhi Simha, Emory University & Georgia Institute of Technology: Lena Ting

Oliver Stanley, Johns Hopkins University: Kathleen Cullen

Juliana Trach, Yale University: Sam McDougle

2023 Scholarship Winners

Bence Bagi, Imperial College London: Juan Alvaro Gallego

Di Cao, Johns Hopkins University: Noah Cowan & Amy Bastien

Joanna Chang, Imperial College London: Juan Alvaro Gallego & Claudia Clopath

Jovin Jacobs, Champalimaud Foundation: Megan Carey

Heejae Jang, New York University: Christine Constantinople

Kassia Love, Massachusetts Eye and Ear: Faisal Karmali

Xuan Ma, Northwestern University: Lee Miller

Dulce Mariscal, University of Pittsburgh: Gelsy Torres-Oviedo

Brandie Morris Verdone, Johns Hopkins University: Kathleen Cullen

Daniel O’Shea, Stanford University: Krishna Shenoy

Kantapon Pum Wiboonsaksakul, Johns Hopkins University: Kathleen Cullen

Lucas Rebelo Dal’Bello, University of Tsukuba: Jun Izawa

Fabio Rizzoglio, Northwestern University: Lee Miller

Hunter Schone, National Institutes of Health & University College London : Tamar Makin & Chris Baker

Mahdiyar Shahbazi, Western Institute for Neuroscience: Jorn Diedrichsen

Adam Smoulder, Carnegie Mellon University: Steven Chase

Rachel Swanson, New York University: Gyorgy Buzsaki

Nina van Mastrigt, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: Jeroen Smeets

Lahiru Wimalasena, Emory University/Georgia Tech: Chethan Pandarinath

2022 Scholarship Winners

Antimo Buonocore, University of Tuebingen: Ziad Hafed

Chen Avraham, Ben Gurion University of Negev: Ilana Nisky

Andrew Byun, Harvard University: Maurice Smith and John Torous

Jared Cregg, University of Copenhagen: Ole Kiehn

Catia Fortunato, University College London: Juan Gallego

Matthias Franken, McGill University: David Ostry

Toshiki Kobayashi, The University of Tokyo: Daichi Nozaki

Rebecca Kozak, University of Western Ontario: Brian Corneil

Clara Kuper, Humboldt University Berlin: Martin Rolfs

Patrick Marino, University of Pittsburgh: Aaron Batista

Heather McGregor, University of Florida: Rachael Seidler

Robyn Mildren, Johns Hopkins University: Kathleen Cullen

Jasmine Mirdamadi, Emory University: Michael Borich and Lena Ting

Dollyane Muret, University College London: Tamar Flash

Rashida Nayeem, Northeastern University: Dagmar Sternad

Elizaveta Okorokova, University of Chicago: Sliman Bensmaia

Jonathan Tsay, University of California Berkeley: Richard Ivry

Taniel Winner, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University: Lena Ting

Christopher Yang, Johns Hopkins University: Adrian Haith

2021 Scholarship Winners

Samuele Contemori, University of Queensland, Brisbane: Timothy Carroll

Nofar Engelhard, Rutgers University: Victoria Abraira

Kathleen Hupfeld, University of Florida: Rachael Seidler

Kahori Kita, Johns Hopkins University: John Krakauer and Adrian Haith

Caroline Nettekoven, Oxford/Cambridge University: Charlotte Stagg

Jacqueline Palmer, Emory University: Lena Ting

Ehsan Sedaghat-Nejad, Johns Hopkins University: Reza Shadmehr

Simon Thibault, INSERM, Lyon Neuroscience Research: Claudio Brozzoli

Jessica Vidmark, University of California, Irvine: Terence Sanger

Omid Zobeiri, McGill University: Kathleen Cullen

2020 Scholarship Winners

Scott Albert, Johns Hopkins University: Reza Shadmehr

Giacomo Ariani, University of Western Ontario: Jorn Diedrichsen

Macauley Breault, Johns Hopkins University: Sridevi Sarma

Daniela Buchwald, German Primate Center: Hans Scherberger

Supriyo Choudhury, Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata: Stuart Baker

Michelle Heusser, University of Pittsburgh: Raj Gandhi

Sara Hussain, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health: Leonardo Cohen

Jung Uk Kang, Washington University School of Medicine: Larry Snyder

Konstantina Kilteni, Karolinska Institutet: Henrik Ehrsson

Marta Russo, Northeastern University: Dagmar Sternad

Anupama Sathyamurthy, National Institutes of Health: Ariel Levine

Sarah Wilterson, Princeton University: Jordan Taylor

David Xing, Brown University: David Borton

2019 Scholarship Winners

Raina D’Aleo, Johns Hopkins University: Sridevi Sarma

Brian Dekleva, University of Pittsburgh: Jennifer Collinger

Alkis Hadjiosif, Johns Hopkins University: John Krakauer

Peter Holland, University of Birmingham: Joseph Galea

Christopher Hughes, University of Pittsburgh: Robert Gaunt

Rodrigo Maeda, Western University: Andrew Pruszynski

Alexander Mathis, Harvard University & University of Tuebingen: Venkatesh Murthy and Matthias Bethge

Samuel McDougle, University of California, Berkeley: Anne Collins

Andrea Pack, Emory University: Sam Sober

Martha Streng, University of Minnesota: Esther Krook-Magnuson

Amanda Therrien, Johns Hopkins University: Amy Bastian

Mark Wagner, Stanford University: Liqun Luo

2018 Scholarship Winners
Marc Bachinger, ETH Zurich: Nicole Wenderoth

Michael Berger, University of Gotttingen: Alex Gail

Kelly Berghuis, University of Groningen: Tibor Hortobagyi

Kyle Blum, Georgia Tech/Emory University: Lena Ting and Tim Cope

Tejapratap Bollu, Cornell University: Jesse Goldberg

Raeed Chowdhury, Northwestern University: Lee Miller

Nienke Debats, Bielefeld University: Herbert Heuer

Naveen Elangovan, University of Minnesota: Juergen Konczak

Chao Gu, Western University: Brian Corneil

Takuji Hayashi, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology: Ken Takiyama and Daichi Nozaki

Sanne Kikkert, ETH Zurich: Nicole Wenderoth

Irene Kuling, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: Jeroen Smeets and Eli Brenner

Yi-Ling Kuo, University of Southern California: Beth Fisher

Kevin Mazurek, University of Rochester: Marc Schieber

Hongchul Sohn, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab: Eric Perreault

Erik Summerside, University of Colorado, Boulder: Alaa Ahmed

2017 Scholarship Winners
Ashesh Dhawale, Harvard University: Bence Olveczky

Sharlene Flesher, University of Pittsburgh: Robert Gaunt

Juan Gallego, Northwestern University: Lee Miller

Robert Hardwick, Johns Hopkins University: Adrian Haith

Li-Ann Leow, University of Queensland: Timothy Carroll

Diana Mitchell, McGill University: Kathleen Cullen

Emily Oby, University of Pittsburgh: Aaron Batista

Matthew Perich, Northwestern University: Lee Miller

Shreya Saxena, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Munther Dahleh

Menno Veldman, University of Groningen, Tibor Hortobagyi

Johanna Wagner, University of California, San Diego Scott Makeig

2016 Scholarship Winners
PETRA FISCHER, University of Oxford – Mentor: Peter Brown

ANDREW LONG, Johns Hopkins University – Mentor: Amy Bastian

JONATHAN MICHAELS, Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH – Mentor: Hans Scherberger

PAVAN RAMDYA, Caltech – Mentor: Michael Dickinson

CHIARA BOZZACCHI, Istituto Italiano Tecnologia – Mentor: Fulvio Domini / Eli Brenner

SHLOMI HAAR, Ben Gurion University – Mentor:  Ilan Dinstein, Opher Donchin

LIN CHIN-HSUAN, Imperial College London – Mentor: Aldo Faisal

DIMITRIS VOUDOURIS, Justus-Liebig University Giessen – Mentor: Katja Fiehler

FRANCESCA LUNARDINI, Politecnico di Milano – Mentor: Alessandra Pedrocchi / Terry Sanger

REMI BARROIS, CognAc G – Mentor: Pierre-Paul Vidal

2015 Scholarship Winners
CRISTIANO ALESSANDRO, ETH Zürich, Sensory-Motor Systems Lab – Mentor: Robert Riener

GUY AVRAHAM BEN-GURION, University of the Negev – Mentor: Ilana Nisky

ANOUK DE BROUWER, Radboud University – Mentor: Nijmegen Jeroen Smeets

TRAVIS DEWOLF, University of Waterloo – Mentor: Chris Eliasmith

IMAN HAJI-ABOLHASSANI, McGill U – Mentor: Henrietta L. Galiana

DAVID HERZFELD, Johns Hopkins University – Mentor: Reza Shadmehr

FIRAS MAWASE, Johns Hopkins University – Mentor: Lior Shmuelof

JENNIFER SEMRAU, University of Calgary – Mentor: Sean Dukelow

ATSUSHI TAKAGI, Imperial College London – Mentor: Etienne Burdet

2014 Scholarship Winners
YANNICK BLEYENHEUFT, Université catholique de Louvain – Mentor: Jean-Louis Thonnard

JEROME CARRIOT, McGill University – Mentor: Kathleen Cullen

PATRICK FORBES, Delft University of Technology – Mentor: Frans CT. van der Helm

KARA HAWKINS, York University – Mentor: Lauren E. Sergio

UDAY JAGADISAN, University of Pittsburgh – Mentor: Neeraj Gandhi

GUY LEVY, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Mentor: Benny Hochner

RYAN MOREHEAD, University of California, Berkeley – Mentor: Rich Ivry

TAFADZWA SIBINDI, Erasmus MC – Mentor: Maarten Frens

SHEENA WATERS, University College London – Mentor: Jorn Deidrichsen

BRAM ZANDBELT, Vanderbilt University – Mentor: Jeffrey D. Schall

2013 Scholarship Winners
MOHSEN OMRANI, Queens University – Mentor: Dr. Stephen Scott

LEONI OOSTWOOD, MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam – Mentor: Jeroen Smeets

KRISTIN MUSSELMAN, John Hopkins School of Medicine – Mentor: Amy Bastian

SEBASTIAN TELGEN, University College London – Mentor: Jörn Diedrichsen

SAHANA KUKKE, National Institutes of Health – Mentor: Diane Damiano

DAVID SUSSILLO, Stanford University – Mentor: Krishna Shenoy

NOHAM WOLPE, University of Cambridge – Mentor: Dr James Rowe

2012 Scholarship Winners
EIMAN AZIM, Columbia University – Mentor: Thomas M. Jessell

GABRIEL DIAZ, University of Texas, Austin – Mentor: Mary Hayhoe

RAED JOUNDI, Oxford University – Mentor: Dr. Ned Jenkinson

JOSEPH O’DOHERTY, University of California, San Francisco – Mentor: Philip N. Sabes

DAVID THURA, University of Montreal – Mentor: Paul E. Cisek

AARON WONG, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – Mentor: Mark Shelhamer

2011 Scholarship Winners
NADIA ALAHYANE, Queen’s University – Mentor: Douglas Munoz

JAMES BONAIUTO, California Institute of Technology – Mentor: Richard Andersen

JORDAN BRAYANOV, Harvard University – Mentor: Maurice Smith

JESSICA BROOKS, McGill University – Mentor: Mentor: Kathleen Cullen

GAVIN BUCKINGHAM, University of Western Ontario – Mentor: Melvyn Goodale

GABRIELA CANTARERO, Johns Hopkins University – Mentor: Pablo Celnik

CLAUDIA CASELLATO, Politecnico di Milano – Mentor: Giancarlo Ferrigno

TANUJ GULATI, Drexel University College of Medicine – Mentor: Simon Giszter

HELEN HUANG, University of Colorado at Boulder –  Mentor: Alaa A. Ahmed

MATTHEW KAUFMAN, Stanford University – Mentor: Krishna Shenoy

TRISHA KESAR, University of Delaware – Mentor: Darcy Reisman, Stuart Binder-Macleod

FEMKE MAIJ, VU University Amsterdam – Mentor: Jeroen Smeets

LAURA MALONE, Johns Hopkins University – Mentor: Amy Bastien

ALEJANDRO MELENDEZ-CALDERON, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine – Mentor: Etienne Burdet

JEAN-JACQUES ORBAN DE XIVRY, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – Mentor: Reza Shadmehr

MURIEL PANOUILLERES, Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences de Lyon – Mentor: Denis Pelisson

MYRTHE PLAISIER, VU University in Amsterdam – Mentor: Jeroen Smeets

JINSOOK ROH, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University – Mentor: William Rymer, Randall Beer, Eric Perreault

BRITNE SHABBOTT, Columbia University Medical Center – Mentor: Pietro Mazzoni

NATELA SHANIDZE, University of Michigan – Mentor: Michael King

MICHELE TAGLIABUE, Université Paris Descartes – Mentor: Joseph McIntyre

JORDAN TAYLOR, University of California, Berkeley – Mentor: Richard Ivry

EVANGELOS THEODOROU, University of Southern California Francisco – Mentor: Valero-Cuevas

PAUL WANDA, Washington University in St. Louis – Mentor: Kurt Thoroughman

2010 Scholarship Winners
JAMILAH A ABDUR-RAHIM, University of California Santa Barbara – Mentor: Scott T Grafton

AVI BARLIYA, Weizmann Institute of Science – Mentor: Tamar Flash

IAN GM CAMERON, Queen’s University – Mentor: Douglas P Munoz

MARCO DAVARE, Sobell Dept – Mentor: Roger Lemon

JOSEPH M GALEA, Johns Hopkins – Mentor: Pablo Celnik

ATIYEH GHOREYSHI, McGill University – Mentor: Henrietta L Galiana

VALERIYA GRITSENKO, Université de Montréal – Mentor: John Kalaska

ALEX PASTOR-BERNIER, University of Oslo – Mentor: Paul E Cisek

MYRTHE PLAISIER, Universiteit Utrecht – Mentor: Astrid ML Kappers

JENNIFER A SEMRAU, Washington University – Mentor: Kurt A Thoroughman

GARY C SING, Harvard University – Mentor: Maurice A Smith

MADHUSUDHAN VENKADESAN, Harvard University – Mentor: Daniel E Lieberman

SCOTT J YOUNG, University of Southern California – Mentor: Terence D Sanger

2009 Scholarship Winners
NICHOLAS AUYONG, Drexel University College of Medicine – Mentor: Michel Lemay

JOYCE DITS, Erasmus MC – Mentor: Hans van der Steen

MARINA DOBREVA, Univ. of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry – Mentor: William O’Neill

SHINICHI FURUYA, Kwansei Gakuin University – Mentor: Hiroshi Kinoshita

ATIYEH GHOREYSHI, McGill University – Mentor: Henrietta Galiana

SARAH HEMMINGER, Johns Hopkins University – Mentor: Reza Shadmehr

HEIKO HOFFMANN, University of Southern California – Mentor: Stefan Schaal

DONGSUNG HUH, University of California San Diego – Mentor: Emanuel Todorov

DANIEL LUDVIG, McGill University – Mentor: Robert Kearney

JAMIE LUKOS, Arizona State University – Mentor: Marco Santello

2008 Scholarship Winners
MASAKI ABE, Pennsylvania State University – Mentor: Dagmar Sternad

CHITRA BALASUBRAMANIAN, University of Florida –  Mentor: Steve Kautz

PIERRE-MICHEL BERNIER, Marseille Universite – Mentor: Jean Blouin Aix

HANNAH BLOCK, Johns Hopkins University – Mentor: Amy Bastian

MASSIMO CENCIARINI, University of Pittsburg-  Mentor: Patrick Loughlin / Mark Redfern

ENRICO CHIOVETTO, Italian Institute of Technology – Mentor: Thierry Pozzo

MEGAN CONRAD, Marquette University – Mentor: Brian Schmit

CINZIA DE LUCA, University of Chieti-Pescara – Mentor: Silvia Comani

KRYSTAL DETWEILER, Iowa State University – Mentor: Vlastislav Bracha

KALPANA DOKKA, Temple University – Mentor: Emily Keshner

GERMÁN GÁLVEZ, University of Granada – Mentor: Chris Dijkerman

DARCY GRIFFIN, University of Kansas – Mentor: Paul Cheney

CLAIRE HONEYCUTT, Georgia Institute of Technology – Mentor: Richard Nichols

TAMAR MAKIN, Hebrew University of Jerlem-  Mentor: Alessandro Frane

YAEL NIV, Princeton University – Mentor: Jonathan Cohen

ANDREW PRUSZYNSKI, Queen’s University – Mentor: Steven Scott

LIOR SHMUELOF, Hebrew University – Mentor: Ehud Zohary

OLIVIER WHITE, Bangor University – Mentor: Joern Diedrichsen

CHRIS MCNEIL, Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute – Mentor: Simon Gandevia

MATTHEW MOSCONI, University of Illinois – Mentor: Chicago John Sweeney

JAMES REBESCO, Northwestern University – Mentor: Lee Miller

JOO-HYUN SONG, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute – Mentor: Robert McPeek

IAN STEVENSON, Northwestern University – Mentor: Konrad Kording

AARON SUMINSKI, University of Chicago – Nicholas Hatsopoulos

AIDAN THOMPSON, York University – Denise Henriques