August 18, 2011

University-wide Limited Submission Opportunity: Pew Scholars Program

Vanderbilt may nominate one candidate for the 2012 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, which provides $240,000 over four years to individuals who show outstanding promise in science relevant to human health.

The program is open to individuals with a doctorate in medicine or biomedical sciences. As of November 1, candidates must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. On July 1, 2012, they must not have been in such an appointment for more than three years, whether or not such appointments were on a tenure track. This time may have been spent at more than one institution.

Strong proposals will demonstrate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Risk taking is encouraged. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is an independent investigator and to significant published work. Pew Scholars may not simultaneously be supported by similar private foundation awards in excess of $50,000 a year for the first two years of their Pew support. These awards include but are not limited to those of the Searle Scholars Program, Rita Allen Scholars, Merck Fund and Beckman. Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from nonprofit associations such as the American Cancer Society do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program.

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to John BuAbbud ( in Foundation Relations by Sept. 6, at noon.

• Letter of reference from candidate's department chair

• Candidate's CV or NIH Biosketch

• A three- to six-page research plan

Once received, all proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominee who will then submit the full proposal to the Foundation by the Nov. 1 deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Brady, Ph.D. (, associate director of Foundation Relations (343-4217).

This notice will also be posted on FIND Grants (Foundation INitiatives Database) under the Limited Submissions Opportunities tab.