Kavli Scholars Program

The Kavli Scholars program is an opportunity to support faculty members through a shared naming opportunity at the University between the Kavli Foundation and other partners. Two matching donors have been established so far to establish one Simons-Kavli Scholar (through the generosity of Marilyn and Jim Simons), and two Grossman-Kavli Scholars (through partnership with the Sanford Grossman Charitable Trust). Each Kavli Scholar will be selected from among the entire Columbia faculty community, on a competitive basis, by the director and co-directors of KIBS at Columbia University, in consultation with an external advisory group. Faculty recipients will be appointed for a three-year period, on a rotating basis, to ensure flexibility in funding support across the range of relevant faculty at critical stages in their research programs.


  • Randy Bruno

    • Grossman-Kavli Scholar, 2013-2015
    Randy Bruno, PhD
  • Rudy Behnia

    • Grossman-Kavli Scholar, 2018-2020
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  • Elias Issa

    • Grossman-Kavli Scholar, 2021-2023
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  • Attila Losonczy

    • Simons-Kavli Scholar, 2019-2021
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