Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

To: All Faculty in the College of Natural Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Nursing, and Public Health & Health Sciences


Below please find a limited submission opportunity with only one campus nominee allowed. If you are interested in submitting to this program, please email the following to as a single PDF by April 20:

  • A 1-2 page synopsis of your proposed research.
    • In the heading, please list: full name, position title, department, month and year of appointment as assistant professor, whether you have been the campus nominee previously and submitted an application to Pew (if so, what year), and title of the proposal.
    • Please include: 1) a statement of why the research is important; 2) a brief description of your most significant research contribution to date, focusing on its creative and risk-taking elements; 3) the aims of your research, including the hypothesis and methods; and 4) your long-term goals for the proposed research. Studying past recipients and the program's website will enable tailoring your synopsis to this funder.
  • A 4-page CV that includes: 1) Education; 2) Employment; 3) Memberships, Honors, and Other experience; 4) Peer Reviewed Publications; and 5) Awarded Research Support.
  • A list of current and pending support.
  • A letter of support from the chair of your department.


Program Description:

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support ($75,000/year over four years)

To be eligible, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates must hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field.
  • As of September 10, 2020, nominees must hold a full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible.)
  • Candidates must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at any institution prior to June 15, 2017, whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave does not count as part of this three-year limit.
  • All applicants must be nominated by their institution. Candidates may be nominated by their institution twice in total. 
  • If applicants have appointments at more than one eligible nominating institution or affiliate, they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different nominating entity.
  • May not be nominated for the Pew Scholars Program and the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research in the same 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. 

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. This program does not fund clinical trials research. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches to basic, translational, and applied biomedical research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields are encouraged to apply.

Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are 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.

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from nonprofit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew scholars program.

Directory of Past Awardees - We strongly recommend reviewing past awards to determine competitiveness.


Sponsor Deadline:

Nominations due May 18
Applications due September 10