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10/07/2008 11h44

Scholarship Announcements in the field of Medicine # 2008

(1) Post Doctorate: Parker B. Francis Fellowship in Pulmonary Research [#76]

Program Description
The Parker B. Francis Fellowship in Pulmonary Research is intended to support the development of outstanding investigators who plan careers in pulmonary research. We seek to help them as they make the transition to independent, self-supporting, faculty members. 

Parker B. Francis Fellowship grants are awarded to institutions for the purpose of providing stipends, fringe benefits, and modest travel expenses in support of qualified post-doctoral fellows or newly appointed assistant professors. Award recipients will thereby be enabled to devote the major part of their professional effort to research related to pulmonary disease and lung biology. 

Grants are made for three years of support. It is permissible to maintain support for the awardee as he or she moves from fellowship to faculty status. Awards are made to institutions on behalf of the fellows and can be transferred to other institutions only under special circumstances with prior approval from the Director of the Fellowship Program. 
Fellows supported by a Parker B. Francis Fellowship must be assured of having at least 75 percent of their time available for research. This means that a total of no more than three months per year may be spent in clinical or other non-research activities. 

Areas of study: Medicine
Open to students from: any region
Average award amount: $108,000
Number of awards: 15
Award coverage: stipend and fringe benefits plus travel max. $2,000/year
Award duration: 3 years

Award deadline: October 15

Eligibility Requirements
Institutions may have only two Parker B. Francis Fellows in the same department at a given time. Therefore, a department with a current Parker B. Francis Fellow may submit one application for an additional award this funding cycle.  In addition, a department may submit no more than one application annually. 

Most successful candidates have 2-5 years of research experience at the time of fellowship application.  Candidates with fewer years of research experience are usually not competitive. Candidates with greater than seven years of research experience are discouraged from applying unless specific circumstances (such as a change of field) justify additional training at the fellowship level.

Candidates are expected to have participated as an author on a minimum of two or three research publications.
Candidates from under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applications for Fellowships will not be considered for funding if either the mentor or the Fellow has a relationship with the tobacco industry as described in the American Thoracic Society (ATS) guidelines.

If a current PBF Fellow or his/her mentor enters into a relationship with the tobacco industry, the PBF Fellowship support will be immediately ended.

The application includes the following:

a) Biographical sketch and brief statement of career goals of the candidate. Fellowships are restricted to US, Canadian and Mexican citizens or permanent residents. However, foreign nationals who document their initial steps toward permanent residence in the USA, Canada or Mexico will also be considered. Documentation should include a description of steps already taken toward application for long-term residency or citizenship.

b) A statement from the mentor evaluating the applicant's qualifications and indicating his or her career goals in the field of pulmonary research. Three additional letters are required from individuals who know the candidate well and, if possible, who have direct knowledge of the applicant's research capabilities.

c) Summary of past-training record of the primary mentor, including names of former trainees and their current positions. A brief description of the research and training activity of the sponsoring unit (department) may also be provided. The relevant qualifications of secondary mentors should be summarized.

d) The sources and level of annual support (including grants pending) and the adequacy of equipment and space for research training available to the primary mentor and trainee.

e) Outline of the research project to be undertaken. Projects must relate specifically to lung disease or respiratory biology or respiratory disease.

f) On the s page, signatures of the primary mentor, department or division head and fiscal officer responsible for administering the grant. 

Three letters of recommendation are essential and are a required part of all application submissions. Letters of recommendation should address:

  • demonstrated potential for establishing an independent pulmonary research career
  • evidence of originality
  • adequacy of scientific background and evidence of superior performance
  • quality of research publications

The letters, with signatures, should be mailed directly the Fellowship office at Harvard. The letters must be sent in sealed envelopes labeled with the applicant’s name and signed by the individual providing the letter across the rear flap. Letters must meet the submission deadline of October 15.

The candidate's three strongest publication reprints should be submitted electronically as part of the application.

Further Information

Joseph D. Brain, Director
E-mail: brain@hsph.harvard.edu
Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program
Department of Environmental Health
Harvard School of Public Health
665 Huntington Avenue, Building I-1411
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
FAX: 617-277-2382
Nancy Long Sieber, Ph.D., Program Administrator
E-mail: nlong@hsph.harvard.edu

(2) Graduate: HHMI Research Training Fellowships for Medical, Dental and Veterinary Students [#77]
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Program Description
The goal of the HHMI Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students is to strengthen and expand the nation’s pool of medically trained researchers. The fellowships provide funds to support fellows and meet their research- and education-related expenses. HHMI awards the fellowships through an annual competition.

The fellowship provides support for one year of full-time research training in fundamental biomedical research. It includes a stipend, a research allowance to meet a fellow’s research related expenses, and a fellow’s allowance to be used for health care and tuition and fees. Fellowship research must be conducted at an academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States, excluding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

In 2008, HHMI plans to award up to 66 fellowships to medical, dental, and veterinary students who show the greatest promise for future achievement in biomedical research and who have demonstrated superior scholarship as undergraduates and during their initial medical, dental, or veterinary school training.

To ensure continued excellence and diversity among applicants and awardees, HHMI welcomes applications from all qualified students and specifically encourages applications from women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a medical, dental, or veterinary school program in the United States. Students may apply during any year of their studies, but applicants in the last year of school must defer graduation until completion of the fellowship year. These fellowships are not available to students enrolled in a combined medical, dental, or veterinary/Ph.D. program (e.g., M.D./Ph.D.), a Ph.D. program, or an Sc.D. program or to those who have completed a Ph.D. or an Sc.D. in a laboratory-based science. The eligibility of applicants with a doctoral degree in a science that is not laboratory based will be determined by HHMI on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants may have research experience, but it is not required. Applicants with a year of full-time research experience must show how further full-time research experience at this time would strongly enhance their future research careers.
There are no citizenship requirements for application, but those who are not U.S. citizens must have and maintain an appropriate visa. HHMI will not handle visa matters for applicants.

The application is submitted via HHMI’s Web-based competition system at
www.hhmi.org/competitions. Submission of all applicant, mentor, dean, and reference forms must be via the Web.

Further Information

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Office of Grants and Special Programs
4000 Jones Bridge Road
Chevy Chase, MD
Telephone: (800) 448-4882, ext. 8889
E-mail: fellows@hhmi.org

(3) Post doctorate: Research Fellowships for Basic and Physician Scientists [#77]
Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fund

Program Description
The Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention.

Candidates must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a Sponsor — a scientist (tenured, tenure-track or equivalent position) capable of providing mentorship to the Fellow.  In addition to aiding in the planning, execution and supervision of the proposed research, the Sponsor’s role is to foster the development of the Fellow’s overall knowledge, technical and analytical skills, and capacity for scientific inquiry.  The Sponsor is also expected to assist the Fellow in attaining his/her career goals.

Awards are made to institutions for the support of the Fellow under direct supervision of the Sponsor.
Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are granted for a three-year term with second- and third-year funding contingent upon satisfactory progress reports. Fellows in their first and third years of funding will attend Damon Runyon Scientific Retreats designed to foster collaboration and interaction between scientists working in different fields relevant to cancer.

All fellowship awards are approved by the Board of Directors of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation acting upon the recommendation of the Fellowship Award Committee (http://www.drcrf.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?pid=286&srcid=258).

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM. Applicants must include a copy of their diploma to confirm date of conferral.

(If an applicant has not yet received his/her PhD diploma but has successfully completed all PhD requirements including PhD defense, they may submit a letter from their graduate school explicitly stating such, with the date of the PhD defense and date of degree conferral.)  

Level 1 Funding: Basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than one year prior to the FAC meeting at which their applications are to be considered.* Applicants must not have been in their Sponsor's lab for more than one year prior to the date of the FAC meeting at which their applications are to be considered* and are expected to devote 100% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research activities.
Level 2 Funding: Physician-scientists (MD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM or the equivalent) must have completed their residencies and clinical training no more than three years prior to the FAC meeting at which their applications are to be considered.  They also must be board eligible** at the start date of the Damon Runyon Fellowship and be able to devote at least 80% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research activities.

* The cut-off date is day 15 of the month immediately preceding the month FAC meets. Applicants must include a copy of their diploma to confirm date of conferral. (See chart in Deadlines section.)
** For foreign-trained physicians, equivalency will be determined on a case by case basis.

The proposed investigation must be conducted at a university, hospital or research institution. No more than two Damon Runyon Fellows will be funded to work with the same Sponsor at any given time.

Only one fellowship application will be accepted from a Sponsor or Fellow per review session; there is no limit, however, to the number of applications from an institution.

Postdoctoral training in the same institution in which the applicant received his or her degree is discouraged, particularly if it is in the same department. (If such is the case, applicants must address the reason(s) in their application.) Proposals to continue training in the laboratory where the applicant received his/her PhD will not be considered. Proposals that are direct extensions of graduate work will not be funded.

Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible.
Candidates who are pursuing a degree are not eligible.

Candidates applying to work in foreign-based or United States government laboratories may be awarded a fellowship if they are considered to be especially meritorious or if the program represents an unusual opportunity for postdoctoral training.
Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the United States.

To prevent any adverse consequences to their intellectual and professional development, Fellows performing research in laboratories funded in whole or in part by commercial entities are prohibited from entering into confidentiality agreements with such for-profit sponsors.

Scientific: Second-and third-year funding of awards is contingent upon satisfactory review of the annual progress reports. All reports are kept strictly confidential. The goal of the reports is two-fold. First, the reports serve as an auditing tool to monitor research progress and assure that the Fellow's research is on target with the funded project. Second, the reports allow the Foundation to identify common topics of interest among the Fellows as well as keep track of who is attending what conferences so that networking opportunities may be arranged to foster social interactions.

Average Award Amount: $94,000-$145,000
Number of Awards: 45
Award Duration: 3 years
Award Deadline: August 15, 2008

Further Information

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
One Exchange Plaza
55 Broadway, Suite 302
New York, New York 10006
Phone: 1-877-7CANCER, Award Programs: 212-455-0520
Email: awards@damonrunyon.org

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