Fellowship Program

2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Objectives of Fellowship Program

The A. P. Giannini Foundation invites physician-scientists and junior researchers with 6-36 months of postdoctoral experience to apply to the 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.

The Fellowship Program supports innovative research in the basic sciences and applied fields and trains fellows to become established investigators. The research should advance the translation of biomedical science into treatments, preventions and cures for human diseases.

Since 1951, the Foundation has awarded over 750 fellowships to postdoctoral biomedical researchers sponsored by California’s eight accredited medical schools. The Foundation awards new fellowships annually on a competitive, peer-review basis and will fund the fellowship for a maximum of three years based on satisfactory performance.

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Eligibility and Qualifications of Applicants

  • Candidates are eligible to apply if they have conducted postdoctoral research for no less than 6 months and no greater than 36 months in the laboratory of their sponsor/mentor at the time of this year’s application deadline, November 3, 2014.
  • The starting date of postdoctoral studies should be well documented and easily verifiable. Applicants with tenure-track research positions or faculty appointments will not be considered.
  • Candidates must be United States citizens or permanent alien residents. They need to hold or complete an MD; MD/PhD; PhD or equivalent degree before they activate the fellowship
  • Candidates must perform their research training under the sponsorship of an accredited California medical school and the mentorship of a principal investigator at the sponsoring medical school. They must arrange for their training before applying to the 2015 Fellowship Program. The mentor may supervise a maximum of two A.P. Giannini Foundation fellows in any one year.

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Fellowship Stipends

The current fellowship stipend is $46,000 in Year 1, $48,000 in Year 2 and $50,000 in Year 3.

Stipend payments are sent directly to the sponsoring medical school and can be used only for salary support of the fellow. No deductions are allowed for benefits, departmental or institutional overhead.

The Foundation will announce the 2015 fellowship stipends by December 15, 2014.

Candidates may be eligible to receive additional salary support from their sponsoring institution but cannot hold another full fellowship or a federally funded career development award. Other income will not preclude favorable consideration; however, candidates must state the source and amount of other income they expect to receive in their application.

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Timetable for 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

November 3, 2014 Deadline for submitting all applications and reference letters.
Late applications will not be considered.
December- January Scientific Advisory Committee reviews and evaluates all applications.
February 1, 2015 Applicants are notified of their status in the review process.
March 12, 2015 Scientific Advisory Committee interviews finalists and selects awardees.
March 16, 2015 Finalists are notified of the Scientific Advisory Committee’s decisions.

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Scientific Advisory Committee Review Criteria

The Scientific Advisory Committee places a strong and equal emphasis on evaluating the academic record and potential of the candidate, the scientific innovation and medical significance of the research and the quality and nature of the proposed mentorship.

Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee emphasize the following criteria in selecting 18-22 candidates to interview each year:

  • The originality, scientific and medical importance of the proposed research and direct relevance of the research into treatments, preventions and cures for human diseases.
  • The commitment of the candidate to a career in biomedical research.
  • The accomplishments of the candidate as demonstrated in peer reviewed publications and letters of recommendation.
  • The commitment of the mentor to the career development of the candidate as an independent scientist and the quality of the mentoring plan.
  • The accomplishments of the postdoctoral mentor in the candidate’s field of inquiry.

Competition for the A.P. Giannini Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is intense. Less than ten percent of candidates who apply receive awards. Due to the number of applications that the Foundation receives each year, the Scientific Advisory Committee is unable to provide critiques of unsuccessful proposals.

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Conditions of Fellowship Award

Fellows must comply with the following grant conditions:

  • Activate the fellowship between April 1 and December 1, 2015.
  • Complete at least the first year of the fellowship before accepting another fellowship or traineeship.
  • Notify the Foundation promptly if their plans change and they are unable to continue the fellowship. The fellowship cannot be transferred to a different mentor or institution.
  • Devote at least 80% of their time to research. Fellows may include some time for study and clinical experience.
  • Send the Foundation a brief report at the end of the first, second and third years of the fellowship summarizing the progress of their research project and fellowship experience.
  • Acknowledge the support of the A. P. Giannini Foundation in all published papers resulting from their research and provide the Foundation with one reprint of each publication.

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A.P. Giannini Foundation Board of Directors

Donald A. Mullane, Chairman Virginia G. Hammerness, Vice Chairman
Caroline O. Boitano, President & Secretary Jerry L. Bowman, Treasurer
Larry McNabb Hans Reiser, MD
Anne G. McWilliams Tim Ranzetta
David P. Perry Daniel P. Riley

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Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee advises the Foundation Board of Directors on the quality and competitiveness of the fellowship candidates, their research projects and the overall postgraduate research fellowship program. Committee members help the Foundation to identify eligible candidates at their respective medical schools, review and evaluate fellowship applications and select new fellows each year.

The current representatives from California’s accredited medical schools are:

Thomas A. Buchanan, MD
Professor of Medicine, Ob-Gyn, Physiology and Biophysics
Vice Dean for Research
Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes
Director, SoCal Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
Victor Nizet, MD
Professor of Pediatrics & Pharmacy
Chief, Division of Pharmacology and Drug Discovery
School of Medicine
University of California, San Diego
Ming Guo, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
Oswald Steward, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior
Director, Reeve-Irvine Research Center
School of Medicine
University of California at Irvine
Calvin Kuo, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology
School of Medicine
Stanford University
Bruce U. Wintroub, MD
Vice Dean, Professor and Chairman
Department of Dermatology
School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Frederick J. Meyers, MD, MACP
Vice Dean
Professor of Medicine and Pathology
School of Medicine
University of California, Davis

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2014 A.P. Giannini Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Awardees

Elinne C. Becket, PhD
For training at University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine with Dr. Peter Jones.
Epigenetic Changes by the Chromatin Remodeler PBRM1 in Renal Cell Carcinoma.

Mark P. Chao, MD, PhD
For training at Stanford University School of Medicine with Dr. Joseph We.
Generation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells from Acute Myeloid Leukemia for Disease Modeling.

Nicholas A. Eisele, PhD
For training at Stanford University School of Medicine with Dr. Denise Monack.
Molecular Mechanisms of Salmonella Carriage.

Dahlia A. Goldfeld, PhD
For training at University of California San Diego School of Medicine with Dr. James McCammon.
Novel UPPS Inhibitor Design via Free Energy Calculations and Virtual Screens.

Christopher N. LaRock, PhD
For training at University of California San Diego School of Medicine with Dr. Victor Nizet.
SpeB Mediates Streptococcus Innate Immune Evasion.

David U. Mick, PhD
For training at Stanford University School of Medicine with Dr. Maxence Nachury.
Molecular Dissection of Signaling Factor Trafficking by Bardet-Biedl Syndrome Proteins.

Siddhartha Mitra, MD, PhD
For training at Stanford University School of Medicine with Dr. Michael Snyder.
Understanding the Evolution of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in Response to Treatment with Ibrutinib.

Lindsey A. Mork, PhD
For training at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine with Dr. Gage Crump.
Modular Development of the Facial Skeleton

Cindy F. Yang, PhD
For training at University of California Los Angeles Geffen School of Medicine with Dr. Jack Feldman.
Genetic Mapping of Neural Circuits that Control Breathing 

Application Availability

Fellowship Program applications are available here: How to Apply.

For further information, please call or email Ken and John Blum, Administrative Directors, at (415) 981-2966 or info@apgianninifoundation.org.