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PEW Scholars Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

Internal Due Date: 06-20-2016 Coordinated by OSP

Foundation Due Date: 07-15-2016 Online nominations; Full Applications due Nov 1, 2016

Number of Applications: 1


The Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences program is intended to support young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

Each Scholar will receive $60,000 a year for 4 years. 

Candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply.  Risk-taking is encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program.

The awarded funds may be used at the discretion of the Pew scholar, for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the Scholar's research and as to best advance his or her research and career. Not more than $10,000 of the annual award may be used for the scholar's salary (including benefits). Not more than 8 percent of the total award may be allocated for overhead costs. It is expected that Pew Scholars will spend at least 80 percent of their time in work related to the accomplishment of their overall research goals. However, Pew provides flexible support to the overall research aims of the Scholar and does not monitor or restrict percentage of effort or time of Pew scholars.

The Program is open to individuals with a doctorate in medicine or biomedical sciences. As of November 1, 2016, candidates must hold full time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.) On July 16, 2016, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than 3 years (not appointed before July 16, 2013), whether or not such appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit. Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total.

Please note that the Pew Scholars Program has an electronic proposal submission process.  The selected candidate will be provided information on the submission process prior to the deadline.

For full information, please see the website noted above.


Internal Competition Guidelines:

Interested applicants must submit an abstract of their proposed projects (not to exceed 2 pages) and an NIH-style biosketch to Holly Sommers via e-mail ( by no later than the internal deadline above for consideration. Candidates may also submit a letter of support from the chair of the department or division. Please put Pew Scholars Programs – Candidate Name in the subject line of the e-mail. Please note that written reviews or summary statements from the internal review and selection process will not be available. Please also summarize your eligibility for the program in the abstract.