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Pew Scholars Program

Departments are invited to nominate new Assistant Professors for the PEW Biomedical Scholars Program, which is open to individuals with a doctorate in medicine or biomedical sciences. We may only nominate one assistant professor as an institution.

As of this coming November 1, 2014, candidates must hold full-­time appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor, but they must not have been in such an appointment for more than three years as of July 1, 2014 (i.e. not appointed before July 1, 2011), whether or not such appointments were on a tenure track. This time may have been spent at more than one institution. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-­year limit. 

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.

Awards are for 4 years, at $60k/year. Indirect costs are limited to 8%, and salary support is limited to $10k/year. It is expected that Pew Scholars will spend at least 80 % 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.  The foundation deadline is November 3rd, 2014.

A complete description of the Pew scholars program, its terms, and its eligibility requirements can be found at

Departments should provide a nomination package comprising the following 4 items in a single pdf file.   Each department may only provide one nominee.

  1. A letter of nomination by the Department Head, highlighting the strength of the candidate.  Please limit the nomination letter to 2 pages.  Supplementary material is not permitted.
  2. A 2 page, single-spaced research plan from the nominee.  References may be included on a separate page that does not count toward the total; a title page should also be included.  Note that in the final application, the research plan is limited to 6 pages double spaced.
  3. Miscellaneous items from the nominee (Note that these are a required part of the application, including the specific limits given.)
    1. 2-3 paragraphs describing how the particular project fits in the applicant’s ‘big picture’ plans
    2. A brief description of their most significant research contribution to date (1400 characters limit),
    3. The most innovative and novel aspects of their proposed research— a risky or creative approach in pursuit of their goals. (1400 characters limit)
    4.  A list of three selected peer-reviewed publications that document their most important scientific contributions with a 2-line description of the importance of this work to the field.  If applicable, the nominee should highlight how the research relates to their proposal.
  4. The names of 3 references to be used, who must include:
    1. The nominee’s doctoral advisor
    2. The nominee’s postdoctoral advisor (Only 1)
    3. An individual familiar with the nominee’s work who is not a current collaborator, not at Drexel and not a former fellowship advisor.

Note that we do not need the letters at this point.

All of the above must be combined in a single pdf, with the file name containing the candidate’s name and PEW Scholars, sent to no later than June 20th, 2014. The email subject line should read PEW SCHOLARS. The University selected candidate’s must be nominated to the Foundation no later than July 15th, 2014 by a member of the internal selection committee. The selected PI will subsequently be invited by the foundation to submit the full proposal by November 3rd, 2014.