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Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP)

Grants to USA and Canada Minority Postdoctoral Fellows
for Professional Development in Medical Research

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

Deadline Date:

01/15/20 4:00 PM EST


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Grants of $60,000 to USA and Canada minority postdoctoral fellows involved in biomedical and medical research for professional development and enrichment activities. The primary goal of the grant program is to support the postdoctoral training and experience of underrepresented minority junior scientists.

Funds will be provided to support the following enrichment activities:

1. Activities for the postdoctoral fellow to enhance research productivity, e.g. workshops, courses, travel, collaborations, and training in new techniques.

2. Activities for the postdoctoral mentor to increase the mentoring of PDEP fellows in university-based programs:

  • Career guidance of the underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellow
  • Research guidance that increases the productivity of the PDEP fellow
  • Attendance at one annual meeting of mentors hosted by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

3. Participation in a peer network system of underrepresented minority postdoctoral scholars.

This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182682

Number of Grants:

Generally, up to 12 awards will be granted.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The program provides a total of $60,000 over three years as follows:

- Year one: $20,000 will be granted to support enrichment activities of the postdoctoral fellow ($10,000 for research supplies or equipment uniquely required to enhance the postdoctoral fellow’s research and $10,000 for education and training, including for mentors in the research lab where the postdoctoral fellow is assigned.)

- Year two: $20,000 (same allocation as year one)

- Year three: $20,000 will be granted to help the postdoctoral fellow advance research efforts towards the professoriate. The funds must be used to develop independent, innovative areas of research.

Term of Contract:

Three years:
- Sept. 1, 2020: Award start date
- Aug. 30, 2023: Award end date

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for the Postdoctoral Enrichment Award:
- Must have no more than 36 months of postdoctoral research experience (in a research laboratory) at the time of application and not be more than 5 years from his/her Ph.D.
- Must be nominated by a qualified mentor at the degree-granting institution where the applicant will conduct the postdoctoral/fellowship training. Applications must be approved by an official responsible for sponsored programs (generally from the grants office, office of research, or office of sponsored programs) at the degree-granting institution
- Must have secured a postdoctoral position with funding (including support by the mentor’s existing research grants) at a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada and must begin the postdoctoral position on or by the designated award commencement date
- Must be underrepresented minorities (i.e. American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)
- Must be citizens of the United States or Canada (at the time of application)
- Must devote at least 75% of time to research

Individual underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows conducting biomedical or medical research are eligible to apply. The program targets postdoctoral fellows with Ph.D.s in the biomedical or medical sciences. Applicants with M.D. degrees who have secured a postdoctoral research appointment beyond clinical fellowship will be considered for this program. DDS, DVM, and PharmD candidates may be eligible, but should contact BWF prior to applying. Proposals in health services research or involving largescale clinical trials are ineligible.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact:

Alfred Mays, Program Officer

Tiffanie Taylor, Program Associate

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
21 T. W. Alexander Drive
PO Box 13901
Research Triangle Park
NC 27709-3901

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