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2013-2014 Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in USA

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is funding postdoctoral research fellowships in the USA. US and International applicants are eligible for these postdoctoral fellowships. Applicants must have completed one of these degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS and DVM. The fellowship includes stipend, an expense allowance and dependent child allowance. Application should be submitted via post by March 17, 2014. 

About Scholarship: The Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Candidates must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a Sponsor—a scientist (tenured, tenure-track or equivalent position) capable of providing mentor ship to the Fellow. In addition to aiding in the planning, execution and supervision of the proposed research, the Sponsor’s role is to foster the development of the Fellow’s overall knowledge, technical and analytical skills, and capacity for scientific inquiry. The Sponsor is also expected to assist the Fellow in attaining his/her career goals. Awards are made to institutions for the support of the Fellow under direct supervision of the Sponsor. Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible. 

Study: The Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention.
Course Level: Damon Runyon Fellowship awards are intended for full-time research.
Scholarship Provider: The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Scholarship can be taken at: USA 

Eligibility: •Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM. The applicant must include a copy of his/her diploma to confirm date of conferral. (If an applicant has not yet received his/her PhD diploma but has successfully completed all PhD requirements, including PhD defense, he/she may submit a letter from the graduate school explicitly stating such, with the date of the successful PhD defense and date of degree conferral.)
•Level 1 Funding: Basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than one year prior to the FAC meeting at which their applications are to be considered. Applicants must not have been in their Sponsors’ labs for more than one year prior to the date of the FAC meeting at which their applications are to be considered and are expected to devote 100% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research activities.
•Level 2 Funding: Physician-scientist applicants (MD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM or the equivalent) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, must be board eligible at the start date of the Damon Runyon Fellowship, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research activities. Applicants may apply at any time prior to their initial assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent); postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and clinical instructors are eligible to apply. Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of application are not eligible to apply. (Candidates holding institutional K12 awards may apply, but must turn-back K12 funding if they are awarded a Damon Runyon Fellowship).
•The proposed research must be conducted at a university, hospital or research institution.
•No more than two Damon Runyon and/or Damon Runyon-Sohn Fellows will be funded to work with the same Sponsor at any given time.
•Only one fellowship application will be accepted from a Sponsor or Fellow per review session; there is no limit, however, to the number of applications from an institution.
•Postdoctoral training at the same institution in which the applicant received his/her degree is discouraged, particularly if it is in the same department. (If either situation applies, the applicant must address the reason(s) in his/her application.) Proposals to continue training in the laboratory where the applicant received his/her PhD will not be considered. Proposals that are direct extensions of graduate work will not be funded.
•Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible.
•Candidates who are pursuing a degree are not eligible.
•Candidates applying to work in foreign-based or United States government laboratories may be awarded a fellowship if they are considered to be especially meritorious or if the program represents an unusual opportunity for postdoctoral training.
•Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the United States. 

Scholarship Open for: USA and International applicants can apply for this research fellowship. 

Duration: Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are granted for a three-year term with second- and third-year funding contingent upon satisfactory progress reports. 

Value: The fellowship will include a stipend as follows:
1st Year: $50,000 (level 1) and $60,000 (level 2)
2nd Year: $50,000 and $60,000 (level 2)
3rd Year: $50,000 and $60,000 (level 2)
Expense Allowance: The $2,000 expense allowance is awarded to the laboratory in which the Fellow is working and can be used by the Fellow for his/her educational and scientific expenses. With a written request to the Foundation from the Fellow, the expense allowance may be used to defray the cost of health benefits. The Fellow determines how he/she would like to spend the money with approval from his/her mentor. It is not an allowance for institutional overhead, postdoctoral scholar registration fees or postdoctoral fellowship taxes. Institutions may not automatically deduct any fees from this allowance without the Fellow’s approval.
Dependent Child Allowance: The Foundation also provides a Dependent Child Allowance of $1,000 per child per year. (There is no allowance for a spouse.) Eligible Fellows must provide a copy of the birth or adoption certificate for each child. 

Selection Criteria: The primary criteria used to evaluate applicants are:
•the quality of the research proposal (importance of the problem, originality of approach, appropriateness of the techniques and clarity of presentation)
•the qualifications, experience and productivity of both the candidate and the Sponsor.
•the quality of the research training environment in which the proposed research is to be conducted and its potential for broadening and strengthening the candidate’s ability to independently conduct innovative and substantive research. The proposed research and training environment should represent a new opportunity for the candidate to expand his/her scientific skill set. Direct extensions of the candidate’s graduate work (in approach, technique or the exact area of study) will not be funded. 

Notification: Applicants must be notified by May 9, 2014.

Apply: The mode of applying is by post.

Deadline: The deadline for applications is March 17, 2014.

Further Information: http://www.damonrunyon.org/for_scientists/more/fellowship_award_overview

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