Fellowship Program

2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Objectives of Fellowship Program

The A. P. Giannini Foundation invites physician-scientists and junior researchers with 0-3 years of postdoctoral experience to apply to the 2014 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 nearly 700 fellowships to postdoctoral biomedical researchers at California’s eight accredited medical schools. The Foundation appoints six to eight 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 should use the fellowship to broaden their postdoctoral research experience rather than apply for a fellowship in a laboratory where they have already received extensive postdoctoral research training.
  • Candidates are eligible to apply if they have 0-3 years of postdoctoral research experience at the application deadline of November 4, 2013. They must be United States citizens or permanent alien residents and hold or complete a MD; MD/PhD; PhD or equivalent degree before they activate the fellowship. (Applicants with tenure-track research positions or faculty appointments will not be considered.)
  • Candidates must be sponsored by a California accredited medical school and perform their research training under the mentorship of a principal investigator at the sponsoring School of Medicine.
  • Candidates must arrange for their proposed research training with the mentor and medical school sponsor before they apply to the 2014 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 $44,000 in Year 1, $45,000 in Year 2 and $47,000 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 2014 fellowship stipends after November 15, 2013.

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 2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

November 4, 2013 All applications and reference letters for the 2014 Fellowship Program must arrive at the foundation no later than 2 p.m. (PST).
Late applications will not be considered.
March 7, 2014 The Scientific Advisory Committee interviews and ranks the finalists in order of priority for the 2014 fellowship awards.
March 14, 2014 The Foundation notifies all finalists of the Scientific Advisory Committee’s decisions.

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Scientific Advisory Committee Review Criteria

The The Scientific Advisory Committee emphasizes the following criteria in selecting candidates to interview:

  • 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 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, 2014.
  • 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 Anne G. McWilliams
David P. Perry Tim Ranzetta
Hans Reiser, MD 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 medical schools, review and evaluate fellowship applications and select six to eight new fellows each year.

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

John S. Adams, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medicine and
Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Director, Orthopaedic Hospital Research Center
University of California, Los Angeles
Victor Nizet, MD
Professor of Pediatrics & Pharmacy
Chief, Division of Pharmacology and Drug Discovery
School of Medicine
University of California, San Diego
Thomas A. Buchanan, MD
Professor of Medicine, Ob-Gyn, Physiology and Biophysics
Interim 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
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
Executive Associate Dean
Professor of Medicine and Pathology
School of Medicine
University of California, Davis

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2013 A.P. Giannini Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Awardees

Olujimi Ajijola, MD
For training at University of California, Los Angeles with Dr. Kalyanam Shivkumar.
Characterization and Attenuation of Extra-Cardiac Neural Remodeling in a Porcine Model of Myocardial Infarction and Arrhythmias.

Lori Broderick, MD, PhD
For training at University of California, San Diego with Dr. Hal Hoffman.
Genetics of Periodic Fever, Aphthous Stomatitis, Pharyngitis and Adenitis.

Erik Johnson, MD, PhD
For training at University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Paul Muchowski.
A Chemical Approach to the Characterization of Beta-Amyloid Oligomers.

Cigall Kadoch, PhD
For training at Stanford University with Dr. Gerald Crabtree.
Reversing the Oncogenic Roles of Misdirected Chromatin Remodeling.

Robert Nichols, PhD
For training at Stanford University with Dr. Michael Snyder.
Using Monogenic Diabetes and Stem Cell Differentiation to Model the Diabetic Beta Cell.

Jose Rodriguez, PhD
For training at University of California, Los Angeles with Dr. David Eisenberg.
Structural Features of the Human Prion Protein that Define the Toxicity and Infectivity of Human Prion Diseases.

Florence Roussotte, PhD
For training at University of California, Los Angeles with Dr. Paul Thompson
Brain Aging, Alcohol Intake and Their Genetic Modulators.

Application Availability

Fellowship Program applications are available here: How to Apply.

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