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Fellowships & Grant Opportunities

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Grant/Award Mechanism


March 1

American Society of Colorectal Surgeons

1-2 years. $20,000

ASCRS Grants & Awards

The purpose of the General Surgery Resident Research Initiation Grant is to attract General Surgery Residents or recent Graduates of such programs into the field of Colon and Rectal Surgery by providing opportunities to engage in clinical or laboratory-based research focused on diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.

April 20, 2015

Society of University Surgeons

1 year. $30,000 for salary or other costs.

SUS Resident Scholar Award

Intended for surgical residents in any of the surgical disciplines who have completed two years of training and agree to spend one or two years in full-time research in the laboratory of an SUS member. Co-mentoring by a non-SUS member is acceptable providing there is clear documentation of a collaborative relationship between the SUS research mentor and the non-SUS research mentor.

May 1 

Northwestern University 

2 Years - a funded two-year onsite fellowship 

Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC)


Northwestern University’s Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) is offering a funded two-year onsite fellowship in surgical outcomes, health services, and health care policy research for surgical residents to pursue during their research years. This position begins July 1, 2016 with space available for two residents. Applications are due May 1, 2015. 

The goal of the research fellowship is to help prepare surgical residents for a successful career in academic surgery by developing an expertise in surgical health services and outcomes research. Research fellows will spend a minimum of two years with the SOQIC research team conducting research, taking advanced degree courses, and working on developing a robust, meaningful research agenda. Research fellows will earn a Master’s or PhD degree that bests suits their needs through one of the programs offered at Northwestern (Degree options: The advanced degree tuition will be fully funded. Applicants are not required to enroll in degree programs if a similar-level degree has already been achieved. 

Spring, Fall deadlines (see website)

CTSI at UCSF Resident Research Grants

Three types of support for R4-6 years, smaller grants for projects. Sample applications available at website.

CTSI Resident Research Funding (RRF) Program

The Resident Clinical and Translational Research Funding (RRF) program will provide up to $2000 per academic year to UCSF residents for qualified clinical and translational research expenses not covered by their mentor or other sources. Applications require the description of a proposed project that the funds will be used for, to be conducted under the guidance of a research mentor.

The Resident Research Scholars Programawards full tuition, a research stipend and provides co-mentoring for up to two highly qualified UCSF residents who enroll in the Advanced Training in Clinical Research (ATCR), a one-year training program sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology.

The Resident Research Travel (RRT) Programoffers up to $600 of travel funding per academic year to UCSF full-time residents (or equivalent clinical trainees) to present their clinical or translational research at a clinical or scientific conference. This work must have been completed during residency and resulted in a scientific abstract. It is anticipated that most projects will have matching funds provided by the resident's home department or their research mentor.


American Heart Association

1-3 years. Salary support

AHA Western States Affiliate Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts. Proposals are encouraged from all disciplines as well as epidemiological, behavioral, community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.

July 1

The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation

3 years. $48-50,000 stipend, plus $2500 research allowance.

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Research Fellowships

Candidates who hold, or are in the final stages of obtaining a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and are seeking beginning postdoctoral training in basic biomedical research are eligible to apply for a fellowship. The Foundation accepts applications from candidates who have no more thanone yearof postdoctoral research experience at the time of the deadline for submitting the application and who have received a PhD (or D.Phil. or equivalent) degree no more thantwo yearsbefore the deadline, or an M.D. degree no more thanthree yearsbefore the deadline.

Note:Fellowships may be awarded to US citizens planning to work in laboratories either in the US, Canada, or abroad. The aim of the fellowship is to broaden postdoctoral training and experience, and a significant change of venue is advisable.

Sept 1

Association of Academic Surgeons

2 years. $20,000 per year for salary or other costs.

AAS Awards and Travel Grants

For full-time basic or clinical research under the mentorship of an AAS member.

Sept 1

American College of Surgeons Resident Research Scholarships

2 years. $30,000 per year. Money for supplies – can use with other grants for salary support.

ACS Resident Research Scholarships

The scholarship is awarded for two years, and acceptance of it requires commitment for the two-year period. The award is to support a research plan for the two years of the scholarship. Priority will be given to the projects of residents involved in full-time laboratory investigation. Study outside the United States or Canada is permissible. Renewal of the scholarship for the second year is required and is contingent upon the acceptance of a progress report and research study protocol for the second year, as submitted to the Scholarships Section of the College.

Oct 15, May 15

Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship

1-2 years

Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship

Unclear amount of funding.

Oct 15, May 1

American Cancer Society Post-Doctoral Fellowship

1-3 years. Salary support.

ACS Postdoctoral Fellowships

This award is to support the training of researchers who have received a doctoral degree to provide initial funding leading to an independent career in cancer research (including basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, epidemiology, health services and health policy research). Awards may be for three years with progressive stipends of $48,000, $50,000, and $52,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year fellowship allowance (an additional $1,500 is added to the fellowship allowance in the last year to attend the ACS Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium or a domestic scientific meeting).

August 1

Fulbright/Fogarty Fellowship

Salary support according to host country

Fulbright-Fogarty Fellows and Scholars in Public Health

Awards are for 9 months at the overseas site. They carry the benefits of Fulbright Full Grants to the country of assignment. Fogarty provides support to the research training site, as well as orientation for Fellows at NIH.


Thoracic Surgery Foundation -- Nina Starr Braunwald Research Fellowship

Support of up to $30,000 per year for up to two years for awoman residentworking in a cardiac surgical clinic or laboratory research program who has not yet completed cardiothoracic surgical training. No additional funds will be paid out for indirect, fringe, or other expenditures.

Nina Starr Braunwald Research Fellowship

Support of up to $30,000 per year for up to two years for a woman resident working in a cardiac surgical clinic or laboratory research program who has not yet completed cardiothoracic surgical training. No additional funds will be paid out for indirect, fringe, or other expenditures. This award is designed to provide salary and/or direct experimental support for women cardiac surgical trainees who wish to acquire investigational skills. Although a specific research program is required as the major component of the application, emphasis in making the award is placed on the potential of the applicant, based on prior accomplishments, and the quality of the educational experience for the applicant.


American Lung Association Senior Research Training Fellowship

1-2 years. $32,500/yr

2014-2015 Awards and Grants Program

The objective of theSenior Research Training Fellowship Awardis to support the training of MDs and PhDs seeking further academic training as scientific investigators with the goal of pursuing a career in pulmonary medicine and lung biology research. MD or DO applicants must also have completed their clinical training, have some research experience, and be in their 3rd or 4th year of fellowship training. Fellows with small amounts of clinical training to complete or clinical activity are eligible as long as they have a minimum of 75% effort devoted to research.

Nov 1 (Letter of Intent)

Jan 14 (Full Application)

Crohns Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Research Fellowship Award

1-3 years. Up to $58,250 per year

CCFA Research Fellowship Awards

Research Fellowship Awardsare offered to encourage the development of individuals with research potential to help them prepare for a career of independent basic and/or clinical investigation in the area of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Nov 1

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

1 year. $60,000 and supports salary, travel and/or tuition. Must be a SAGES member to apply

SAGES Career Development Award

Provides funding for a young surgeon or surgeon-in-training for the development of critical skills required for their academic career in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery.

Nov 7

AP Giannini Foundation

Salary support: $43,000 in Year 1, $44,000 in Year 2, $46,000 in Year 3.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in CA

TheFellowship Programsupports innovative medical research in the basic sciences and applied fields. Research projects should advance the translation of biomedical science into new treatments, preventions and cures for human diseases and contribute to the alleviation of human suffering.

Nov 12

American Society of Transplantation

1-2 years for a total of $40,000 per year.

AST Fellowship Grants

Two Categories of Fellowships are offered - Basic and Clinical Science.The AST Basic Science Fellowship Grants are intended to support work in transplantation biology ranging broadly from pertinent basic immunology to animal studies. All types of organ, tissue, and cell transplants will be considered. The project should provide a strong training vehicle for the applicant in keeping with the overall mission of theAST Fellowship Grants Researchtopics that involve under-represented areas including minorities, women, and pediatrics are strongly encouraged. The AST also encourages applications from women and minority researchers. Under-represented minority investigators are defined as individuals belonging to a particular ethnic or racial group as determined by the NIH.

Sept 1-Nov 15

NIH Loan Repayment Program

At least 2 years; Repays loans up to $35,000/year

NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

NIH may repay up to $35,000 of qualified student loan debt per year, including most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans, for individuals who commit at least two years to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit organization or U.S. federal, state, or local government entity. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary received for research. Research must fall under one of the 5 categories:

  • Clinical Research
  • Pediatric Research
  • Health Disparities Research
  • Contraception and Infertility Research
  • Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Dec 1

Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Research Fellowship Grant

Plastic Surgery Foundation Pilot Research Grant

1 year. Salary support.

1 year. $10,000 for project costs (no salary)

PSF Research Grants & Fellowships

PSF Pilot Research Grant

ThePSF Research Fellowshipis designed for those who wish to supplement one year of clinical training for a research experience and can be utilized for training in any area of plastic surgery. TheWound Care Research Fellowshipis available to residents and recent residency graduates, focusing on a project in wound care management. Both the Breast Reconstruction and Facial Aesthetics Research Fellowships are open to residents who aspire to train in areas related to breast reconstruction or facial aesthetics.

ThePSF Pilot Research Grant (PRG) is designed to promote advancement and innovation in plastic surgery. These grants provide “seed” funding and allow researchers to conduct preliminary studies, related to plastic surgery science; they also set the stage for investigators to apply for external funding sources. If you are not an ASPS member, candidate member, plastic surgery faculty member, or you are currently in your plastic surgery research training, you may still apply to the program with sponsorship from an ASPS member or candidate member.

Dec 1

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

1-3 years. $30,000-50,000/year

AACR Postdoctoral Fellowships

Many different AACR Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Fellows working at an academic facility, teaching hospital, or research institution.

Early Dec (Letter of intent)

Early Jan (Full application)

Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Up to 3 years. $45,000/year

TRDRP 2014 Call for Applications

Supports research that “leads to the early detection and secondary prevention of tobacco-related diseases” in addition to tobacco control and smoking prevention and cessation research. ThePostdoctoral Fellowship Awardsare for individuals to obtain postdoctoral research training under a designated mentor.

Dec 8 (Deadline cycle 3)

NIH F-32 Grant, Individual NRSA

Up to 3 years. Salary support.

National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F32)

NRSA Training Fellowships

The purpose of the postdoctoral fellowship (F32) award is to provide support to promising postdoctoral applicants who have the potential to become productive and successful independent research investigators. The proposed postdoctoral training must offer an opportunity to enhance the applicant's understanding of the health-related sciences, and must be within the broad scope of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research or other specific disciplines relevant to the research mission of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Applicants with a health professional doctoral degree may use the proposed postdoctoral training to satisfy a portion of the degree requirements for a master's degree, a research doctoral degree or any other advanced research degree program.

Dec 12

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellowship, Harvard Center for Surgery and Public Health

Support varies yearly, ask program for details.

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellowship

TheCenter for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH)’s Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellowshipsupports qualified young scientists who wish to receive training in the research areas of surgical health services and implementation, education, and global surgery. In addition to being mentored by BWH surgeons, fellows can pursue an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). 
Fellowship awards are granted to top ranked applicants with proposals that are directly relevant to the CSPH’s research agenda around improving surgical quality, safety, delivery, access, and outcomes at a population level.

Jan 9

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)

1 year. Maximum $70,000

ASLMS Research Grants

The ASLMS supports research projects designed to foster the development and use of lasers and other related technologies in medical and surgical applications. While the best research projects will be given priority for funding, a concerted effort will be made to award aminimum of 50% of the research grant funds to non-dermatologic laser application research proposals.Any individual or organization desiring to conduct research which fosters the development and/or use of lasers in medical or surgical applications and who meets the eligibility criteria can apply for anASLMS research grant or student research grant.

Jan 12

American Society of Transplant Surgeons

1-2 years. Stipend awarded to a total of $40,000-$42,500/year.

ASTS Annual Awards

Awards supportbasic and clinical research in the field of transplantation and transplant immunobiologyin the laboratory / clinical service of an ASTS member. Eligibility for specific awards is defined by period of training or career status, and with some awards by age, academic degree, membership in the Society (or sponsorship by a member), and other criteria.

Jan 15

Surgical Infection Society

1-2 years. $50,000/year is available and can be supplemented with no more than $25,000 in extramural funding. Applications must be sponsored by an SIS member.

Surgical Infection Society

The SIS Resident Fellowship Awardis intended for Residents or fellows who have completed at least two years of post-graduate training in a surgical discipline are eligible to apply for the SIS Resident Fellowship Award. The purpose of this award is to provide the opportunity for a resident or fellow to spend one year in full-time research in the laboratory of a member of the Surgical Infection Society. The amount of this award is $50,000/year. TheSIS/Wyeth Evaluative Research Fellowship Awardsupports only projects dealing with the broad area of evaluative research in surgical infection. Residents or fellows who have completed at least two years of post-graduate training in a surgical discipline are eligible to apply for theSIS/Pfizer Evaluative Research Fellowship Award. (Please note that this fellowship will only be awarded as funds are available.) Research proposals should pertain to the broad area of evaluative research in surgical infection. Typical topics might include: 1. Clinical epidemiology (factors affecting the incidence of surgical infections, morbidity of surgical infections, epidemiology of surgical infections) 2. Health services research (surgical infection costs, need for hospitalization, measuring improvements in clinical care of surgical infections) 3. Decision analysis (need for antimicrobial intervention, results of surgical infection interventions)Concomitant enrollment in a formal graduate-level training program in evaluative, epidemiology, and/or outcome research is strongly encouraged.

Jan 16

Association for Surgical Education Foundation

1 year.

ASE Surgical Education Research Fellowship

A home-site fellowship designed to equip investigators with the skills and knowledge needed to plan, implement and report research studies in the field of surgical education. Following acceptance into the SERF program, each fellow is carefully matched by the program's faculty with a SERF Advisor, a respected and knowledgeable researcher who will serve as the fellow's mentor and consultant on their particular project. This unique fellowship affords the opportunity for motivated individuals to become proficient in a skill set highly valued by their home institutions as well as the field in general. As new knowledge relevant to surgical education is the key to the growth and development of the discipline, those educators with the requisite, specialized skills and credentials become important members of departments and institutions that are committed to securing leadership and prominence in the field.

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