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Program

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

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Please read below for more information on the following:

Eligibility

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of November 1, 2014, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor.
  • On July 1, 2014, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 1, 2011), whether or not such an 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. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2015 online application.
  • If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches.  Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply.  Risk-taking is encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program. If you have questions concerning eligibility, please contact Anita Pepper, Program Director, Pew Biomedical Programs at 215-531-8135 in advance of applying.

Terms of the Award

An award of $60,000 per year will be provided to the sponsoring institution for use by the Scholar over the four-year period, subject to annual review of the Scholar’s progress. Grant agreements will be issued in August 2015. Annual progress reports are required, describing research accomplishments, project status, and future directions. In addition, financial reports are required annually accounting for grant expenditures. Funding for the second, third and fourth years is contingent upon timely submission of acceptable financial and narrative progress reports and attendance at the annual meeting in March during the four-year term.

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). Should the funds not be immediately required, they may be accumulated (up to a maximum of $100,000 in any given year) and carried over through the four years of the grant period, and, with written approval of the program office, the grant may extended for one additional (fifth) year (without additional funds). 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.

During the four-year scholarship term, program participants are required to attend an annual meeting held in March. All expenses for attendees’ travel, lodging, and meals are paid by The Pew Trusts. The meeting provides Pew scholars with an opportunity to present their research and for scientific collaboration and exchange with other scholars and members of the National Advisory Committee.

 

Participating Institutions

For the 31st series of awards, to be made in 2015, one nomination will be invited from the presidents of the following 183 institutions, which have been selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research, and which have been recommended to The Pew Charitable Trusts by the National Advisory Committee of the Program.

Institutions that would like to be considered for invitation may contact Anita Pepper at apepper@pewtrusts.org.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Arizona State University
Baylor College of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Brown University
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Institution of Washington
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Children’s Hospital, Boston
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
City of Hope National Medical Center
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
College of William and Mary
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dartmouth College
Drexel University
Duke University
Emory University
Florida State University
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Georgia Health Sciences University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Howard University
Hunter College, CUNY
Indiana University
Jackson Laboratory
Johns Hopkins University
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Marine Biological Laboratory
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mayo Clinic
Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical University of South Carolina
Meharry Medical College
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Michigan State University
Montana State University
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
National Jewish Health
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
Rockefeller University
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Rush University Medical Center
Rutgers University
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Louis University
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Scripps Research Institute
Stanford University
State University of New York at Albany
State University of New York at Buffalo
State University of New York at Stony Brook
State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas A&M University
Thomas Jefferson University
Tufts Medical Center
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Colorado, Denver
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kansas Medical Center
University of Kentucky at Lexington
University of Louisville
University of Maine
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri
University of Nebraska
University of New Hampshire
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puerto Rico
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wyoming
Utah State University
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wake Forest University
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wayne State University
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology
Yale University

For the years 2011 to 2014, the following institutions or specific departments will receive a separate invitation to nominate a candidate to apply to the program:

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami
Beckman Vision Center, University of California, San Francisco
Case Eye Institute, Case Western Reserve University
Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Sciences University
College of Optometry, University of Houston
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Iowa
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Washington University
Duke University Eye Center
Emory Eye Center
Hamilton Glaucoma Center, University of California, San Diego
Jules Stein Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
Moran Eye Center, University of Utah
Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, University of Colorado
Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard University
Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University
W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan
Yale Eye Center

TOTAL = 183



National Advisory Committee

The National Advisory Committee provides scientific leadership to the program, reviews all applications, and identifies candidates to be recommended to the Pew Board to be named Pew Scholars.

Current Members of the National Advisory Committee include:

Chair:

Mello, Craig C., Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Blais Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine
University of Massachusetts

Members:

Bassler, Bonnie L., Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Squibb Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Princeton University

Bjorkman, Pamela, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Max Delbrück Professor of Biology
California Institute of Technology

Blau, Helen M., Ph.D.
Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Professor
Director, Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Brodsky, Frances M., D.Phil.
Professor, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of California, San Francisco

Desplan, Claude, Ph.D.
Silver Professor, Department of Biology
New York University

Eisen, Michael B., Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley

Galán, Jorge, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman, Section of Microbial Pathogenesis
Yale University School of Medicine

Gilbert, Charles D., M.D., Ph.D.
Arthur and Janet Ross Professor, Laboratory of Neurobiology
The Rockefeller University

Hannon, Gregory J., Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Kuriyan, John, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howards Hughes Medical Institute
Chancellor's Professor, Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology and Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley

Lehmann, Ruth, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Director, Skirball Institute
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor of Cell Biology
New York University School of Medicine

Mathis, Diane, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pathology
Harvard Medical School

Medzhitov, Ruslan, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
David W. Wallace Professor, Department of Immunobiology
Yale University

Meister, Markus, Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Biology
California Institute of Technology

Shokat, Kevan, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor and Chair, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
University of California, San Francisco

Zhuang, Xiaowei, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Professor, Department of Physics
Harvard University 

Oral History Project

The story of scientific discovery is a personal one, and the Oral History and Archives Project for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences has collected the life stories of more than 200 Pew scholars and produced one of the most extensive biomedical research oral history archives available today in the United States.

The oral history project, launched in 1988, provides an intellectual portrait of modern science and makes available significant insight into the factors that shaped the lives of some of today’s most accomplished biomedical scientists.

The oral history collection traces the scientific paths that the scholars pursued, the challenges they confronted, and the kinds of choices and decisions they made that shaped their careers. Such stories, in turn, can motivate and inspire others to follow similar routes.

The completed oral histories are archived at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia.  Many of the histories are available for viewing and research upon request.  For more information about the Pew Scholars oral history collection, please contact the Chemical Heritage Foundation.