Burroughs Wellcome Fund Research Awards Programs for Postdoctoral Scientists

The following programs are now open for applications. Additional programs will be announced in the coming months.

Awards for postdoctoral fellows:
1. Career Awards for Medical Scientists
Application Deadline: October 3, 2017
These awards are targeted toward medically trained individuals whose research proposal is in basic biomedical, disease-oriented, translational, or molecular, genetic, or pharmacological epidemiology research, and who intend to pursue careers in academia. BWF will make up to two additional awards to clinically trained psychiatrists who focus on research at the interface between neuroscience and psychiatry. These proposals must clearly demonstrate evidence of integration of neuroscience and psychiatry in project design.

Eligibility:
• Candidates must hold an MD, DDS, DVM, or DO degree.
• Candidates must not be more than 12 years past their clinical doctorate degree. To meet this requirement, applicants must have received their clinical doctorate degree on or after January 1, 2005.
• Candidates who hold a junior faculty appointment (Clinical Lecturer, Instructor, Assistant Professor-non tenure track, etc.) may be eligible if they have been in a non-tenure track faculty position for two years or less at the time of application. To meet this requirement, the appointment must have begun on or after July 1, 2015.
• Candidates with tenure-track appointments as an Instructor or Assistant Professor at the time of application are not eligible.
• Candidates must be a fellow, resident or a postdoctoral researcher and have at least two years of research experience at the time of application.
• Candidates must submit proposals through accredited, degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada. Candidates must obtain approval and signature by an authorized official at the degree granting university in the U.S. or Canada.
• An authorized official at the degree-granting institution must verify candidate’s immigration status as part of the application.
• The primary mentor or faculty sponsor of a postdoctoral candidate must hold an appointment at the same accredited, degree-granting institution in the U.S. or Canada as the applicant.
• Citizens and non-citizen permanent and temporary residents of the U.S. and Canada who are legally qualified to work in the U.S. or Canada are eligible.
• Candidates who are temporary U.S. residents must hold a valid U.S. visa (J-1, H1B, F-1 or O-1 visas).
• Temporary Canadian residents must hold a valid Canadian visa (Study Permit, C-43, C-44, C-10, or C-20 work permits/visas).
• If you are a postdoctoral candidate, your visa status must allow you to remain in the U.S. or Canada during the award period of the CAMS grant. If a grant is awarded and your visa does not allow for such a stay, BWF may terminate the grant. BWF will not intercede on behalf of non-citizens whose stay in the U.S. or Canada falls out of visa compliance.

2. Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Pre-proposal Deadline: September 6, 2017
Invited Proposal Deadline: January 10, 2018
These awards are targeted toward researchers whose doctoral training is in one of the physical, chemical or computational sciences and who intend to pursue academic research doing work that addresses biological questions.

Eligibility (from the 2016 program – latest RFP not posted, as yet):
• Candidates must hold a PhD degree in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering. This includes related areas of physical, mathematical, computational, theoretical, and engineering science. Exceptions will be made only if the applicant can demonstrate significant expertise in one of these areas, evidenced by publications, undergraduate major, or master’s degree.
• Candidates whose PhD is in biochemistry/biophysics/biology/cell biology/etc. may be eligible if significant accomplishment or competence in one of the areas of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering can be shown (i.e., papers published, advanced coursework, or undergraduate major), and if the proposal draws on that background. Work must be interdisciplinary and making use of nonbiological approaches.
• Candidates who hold an MD are eligible to apply if they hold both an MD and a PhD, and the PhD is in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering. This includes related areas of physical and computational science. Exceptions will be made only if the applicant can demonstrate significant expertise in one these areas, evidenced by publications, undergraduate major, or master’s degree. In addition, the applicant cannot have spent more than 48 months in postdoctoral research since receipt of terminal degree. If the candidate holds an MD without also holding a PhD, the candidate is not eligible to apply to this program.
• Candidates who meet the other eligibility criteria must demonstrate that their work is truly interdisciplinary.
• Candidates must have completed at least 12 months but not more than 48 months of postdoctoral research by the date of the full invited application deadline. If your entire work experience since receiving your PhD has been in any scientific research field (including outside academia) and exceeds 48 months, you are not eligible. However, if part of your work experience was not in a science research field, and your scientific work experience doesn’t exceed 48 months, you may be eligible but must gain prior approval from BWF program officer. No exceptions to this requirement will be made.
• Candidates who are not titled “postdoctoral” fellows may be eligible if (1) you have at least 12 months, but not more than 48 months of postdoctoral research experience, including time as, for example, an instructor, research associate, or non-tenure track
• research faculty, and (2) you meet all other eligibility requirements.

More information:  https://www.bwfund.org/

Courtesy of Steven S. Wasserman, PhD
Assistant Dean for Research
University of Virginia School of Medicine
PO Box 800793
McKim Hall, Room 3027
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0793
Tel: (434) 243-7088
Fax: (434) 982-0874

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