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PEW Scholars Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

Internal Due Date: Past Due - Coordinated by OSP

Foundation Due Date: 07-15-2015 Online nominations; Full Applications due Nov 1, 2015

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.

Applicants with committed awards that overlap for the first two years of the Pew Scholars Program from the Searle Scholars Program, Rita Allen Foundation Scholars, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists, Beckman Young Investigator Program, Ellison New Scholar Award, W.M. Keck Foundation, Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award, and the Kimmel Scholar Award are not eligible.

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 16, 2015, 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, or Instructor are not eligible.) On July 16, 2015, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than 3 years (not appointed before July 16, 2012), 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.