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Apply for a 2022 Fellowship

2022 Application Instructions

The completed application, submitted through the online portal, includes two parts.  Please submit Part I, which asks for contact information and other basic information, as soon as possible as the submission of this form triggers e-mails to your references.  Part II of the application cannot be accessed until Part I has been submitted.

The deadline to submit all reference letters and Part II of the application through the online portal is November 3, 2021, at 3 pm PST.

The Foundation will not accept applications received after the November 3, 2021, deadline nor consider e-mailed or mailed applications.


The 2022 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship & Leadership Award Application Form

List your mentor’s name and e-mail address as well as those of your three references.  Upon submitting PART 1 of the application, those individuals writing on your behalf will receive an e-mail link through which they will submit their letter of support.

References must submit letters on their institution’s letterhead.

Mentor’s Letter of Recommendation (maximum of four pages)

Provide a detailed, personalized appraisal of the candidate’s qualifications and proposed research. Outline the specific mentorship plan to help the candidate further develop his/her scientific career and promote his/her independence. Include a brief description of the research facilities and equipment available to the candidate.

Three Additional Letters of Reference

The Foundation requires three letters of reference from qualified individuals best able to assess the candidate’s potential to conduct meaningful research. The quality and depth of these letters are critical to evaluating the candidate’s suitability. The candidate’s prospective mentor may not serve as one of the three references.

M.D. Candidates should include a letter from their Residency Chief or Fellowship Director. For candidates with a Ph.D. degree, one of the three references must be the doctoral thesis advisor.


The following documents should be typed, using standard fonts no smaller than 11-point and uploaded as PDFs through the online portal:

  1. The candidate’s biosketch and bibliography of relevant publications
    Do not include poster presentations or conference abstracts.
    Do not send copies of published articles.
  2. Personal statement, not to exceed one page
    Briefly describe why your experience and qualifications make you particularly well suited for the fellowship. Describe your mentor’s contribution and your level of independence on the project. Finally, state how the fellowship will assist in your future career path.
  3. Non-technical statement for non-scientific audience in 300 words or less
    State the title of your research project and provide a brief description of the proposed research project that can be understood by the general public.
  4. Significance of proposed research for non-scientific audience, not to exceed one page
    Explain the practical application of your research beyond the laboratory and the potential to help advance the translation of basic biomedical sciences into new treatments, preventions and cures for human diseases.
  5. Technical statement of proposed research, not to exceed five single-spaced pages (excluding bibliography)
    Outline the research problem, the hypotheses, methodology, expected results and timeline for the research project.
  6. Mentor’s NIH biosketch
    In addition, include a list of the following: (1) no more than 15 publications relevant to the candidate’s research (2) current and pending support for the laboratory and (3) former postdoctoral trainees and their current positions.