A.P. Giannini Foundation

How to Apply

Candidates must download and print the 2018 Application Form PDF or Microsoft Word Application Form to apply to the 2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship & Career Development Award Program. They should work with their prospective mentor and grants officer to prepare the application in advance of the deadline to avoid errors and omissions. The 2018 application form and instructions are also available from the Foundation office.

Notification to Candidates

  • The Foundation must receive the completed application and all reference letters before 3:00 pm (Pacific Time) on Monday, November 6, 2017. Please note the Foundation will not accept applications received after the November 6, 2017 deadline nor consider faxed or emailed applications. All Letters of Reference must be sent to info@apgianninifoundation.org.
  • The Foundation will notify candidates by email when their application is complete.
  • Candidates must notify the Foundation if they accept another fellowship at any time during the application and review process (November 6 2017 to March 1, 2018).
  • Competition for the A.P. Giannini Postdoctoral Research Fellowship & Career Development Award Program is intense. Less than ten percent of candidates who apply receive awards. The Foundation does not provide successful or unsuccessful candidates with critiques of their applications or their rankings in the review process.


The completed application consists of the three letters of reference and one copy of the eight documents listed below. Candidates are responsible to ensure the Foundation receives their three letters of reference and their mentor’s letter of recommendation by the November 6, 2017 deadline.

Three 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. Referees must submit letters on their institution’s letterhead to info@apgianninifoundation.org no later than November 6, 2017. Please do not follow-up with a hard copy.

The candidate’s prospective mentor may not serve as one of the referees. Candidates with an MD degree should include a letter from their Residency Chief or Fellowship Director. For candidates with a PhD degree, one of the three referees must be the doctoral thesis advisor.

The following eight documents should be typed, using standard fonts no smaller than 11-point and sent to
57 Post Street, Ste. 510, San Francisco, CA 94104
  1. The 2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship & Career Development Award Application Form.
  2. The candidate’s biosketch and bibliography of publications.
    Do not send copies of published articles, colored photographs or other visuals.
  3. Personal statement, not to exceed one page.
    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.
  4. Non-technical statement for non-scientific audience in 300 words or less.
    State the title of your research project and a brief description of the proposed research project that can be understood by the general public.
  5. 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, prevention and cures for human diseases.
  6. 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.
  7. Mentor’s 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.
  8. 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 her/his scientific career and promote her/his independence. Include a brief description of the research facilities and equipment available to the candidate.