Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholars

The Walter V. and Idun Berry
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

 

The Fellowship

Key Dates for 2014
Application Deadline TBD at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time), including recommendation letters.
Notification to short-listed applicants
invited for interviews
Week of TBD
Interviews of Short-listed Applicants TBD
Notification of Awards August 2014
Award Date Start September 1, 2014
Funding Period September 2014 to August 2015, renewable annually through August 2017
To Apply Click on The Application tab

In establishing the fellowships, the Berrys' goal was "to benefit humanity through advancing and expanding the understanding of children's health and disease in both the clinical and basic medical sciences." That goal is continued through the ongoing Berry Foundation's generous gift to the School of Medicine to support this fellowship program annually. The fellowships aim "to enhance research which utilizes the most advanced technologies and methodologies available to improve the health and wellness of children, including the latest opportunities in molecular and genetic medicine."

The Berrys wanted to support hardworking and talented individuals who are eager for the challenge of improvement in children's health at any stage-basic, translational or clinical research. The fields from which fellows may be selected include, but are not limited to: developmental biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, neurobiology, neurology, neonatal
medicine, genetics, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and dermatology. The Berry Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee holds one selection meeting per year, in addition to regular quarterly luncheons with fellows.

Applications are accepted from individuals interested in pursuing post-residency or postdoctoral training in the clinical or basic medical sciences aimed at advancing and expanding our understanding of children's health and disease as defined in the broadest sense, under the mentorship of a faculty member at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Applications from scholars who do not meet the fellowship guidelines are not reviewed by the Fellowship Committee. Scholars are expected to make sure they meet all eligibility criteria below and follow the application procedures.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant must be appointed as a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford University School of Medicine at the time the award begins.  If the applicant is not an appointed scholar at the time of the application deadline, additional documents must be submitted with the application (see application checklist below).   
  2. Applicants must also hold an M.D. and/or a Ph.D. degree(s); selection preference will be given to physician scientists.
  3. The faculty mentor/sponsor must be appointed in the School of Medicine.  Acting, consulting and courtesy appointees are not eligible.
  4. Foreign scholars may have J-1 (receiving stipends) or H1B visas (receiving the award as salary).  Citizenship is not a selection factor.
  5. Applicants must be available for an interview on the interview date noted above.  

Additional Application Guidelines:

  1. Faculty members may not have more than one funded Berry fellow at a time.
  2. A faculty member may not serve as mentor/sponsor on more than one fellowship application per cycle. 
  3. Funding is restricted to support investigative activities that are focused on an area relevant to children's health and disease, and that are conducted under the direction of a Stanford University School of Medicine faculty member.
  4. If the postdoctoral scholar currently has other fellowships, or has applied to fellowships that may be awarded during the Berry fellowship award period, full disclosure of the names, amounts and dates of the other award(s) must be made in the application materials.
  5. Re-applications from previous applicants are accepted. 

Selection Criteria:

The Berry Postdoctoral Fellowship selection committee reviews applications based on:

  1. Applicant Qualifications
  2. Scientific merit of the proposal.  The proposal must be written by the fellow and reviewed by the faculty sponsor.
  3. Relevance of the proposal to science and to children’s health.
  4. The applicant’s career path, academic focus and progress to-date.  If considerable time has elapsed since the doctoral degree, and that time was not spent engaged in research or clinical residency, the applicant is expected to describe in the application how the time was spent.
  5. Selection committee interview.
  6. Number of years of postdoctoral research training since latest doctoral degree, with preference to applicants in the first two years of their post-residency or postdoctoral training.   If considerable time has elapsed since the doctoral degree, and that time was not spent engaged in research or clinical residency, the applicant is expected to describe in the application how the time was spent. 

Funding Requirements and Guidelines:

Fellows receive an annual support of up to $55,000 over twelve months as either stipend or salary. Funding may be used for health insurance coverage, and any other fellow related expenses directly related to compensation. An additional sum of $5,000 per year is awarded to offset fellow-related laboratory expenses or fringe benefits expenses. Equipment purchased with these funds belongs to the Department/ University. Travel directly related to the research project is allowed, with prior faculty sponsor approval. Supplemental support to awardees must be pre-approved by the Berry Committee.

Funding is guaranteed for the first of a three year award period. Funding for years two and three is pledged and is not guaranteed by the School or The Berry Foundation. Funding starts on October 1.

Applicants should be prepared for the Berry fellowship to begin on time and be awarded for one full calendar year.  The recipient must be in active postdoctoral scholar status at the School of Medicine through the duration of the award.  The award is suspended during any leaves of absence, including maternity leave, but the funds are not forfeited.  Arrangements for re-distribution of the remaining funds or extension of the award year are typically made. 

The Berry Postdoctoral Fellowship is intended to provide full support to the scholars rather than add to existing support.   Supplemental support to awardees must be pre-approved by the Berry Committee.  Supplemental support is allowed in the case of scholars emerging from residency or other clinical training programs who are subject to the PGY levels, per department or School of Medicine policy.

In accepting this award, the postdoctoral scholar’s home department is responsible for adhering to the funding requirements and guidelines.  If guidelines are not met, the postdoctoral scholar may be asked to return all or part of the fellowship, if any

  • overspending occurs above award amount
  • incorrect expenditure code(s) are used, or
  • falsified or misrepresented information is later determined that effects eligibility

Other Concurrent Fellowship Support and Combination of Awards:

If a Berry Fellow receives another fellowship award from Stanford or from an outside agency, the Fellow must notify the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.  If the two awards combined do not exceed the total support committed to the scholar as part of the terms of appointment, the Berry Fellowship may be retained.  If the two awards combined exceed the agreed-upon support for the scholar at the time of reviewing the Berry Fellowship application, the Berry Fellowship award should be adjusted accordingly, up to a complete forfeiture of the award.   If an outside award or other funding is used that exceeds the research or PGY pay levels, the Berry fellowship must be declined/turned back unless an exception is granted.

The Fellowship Committee relies on faculty sponsors to report in writing the receipt of external support, via e-mail to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at (postdocaffairs@stanford.edu).

Application Materials

Key Dates for 2014
Application Deadline TBD at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time), including recommendation letters.
Notification to short-listed applicants
invited for interviews
Week of TBD
Interviews of Short-listed Applicants TBD
Notification of Awards August 2014
Award Date Start September 1, 2014
Funding Period September 2014 to August 2015, renewable annually through August 2017
To Apply Click on The Application tab

A complete application and supporting letters must be submitted online by the deadline.

Please begin the online application with enough time to allow the system to solicit the required letters prior to the application deadline.

Please note: The Berry Fellowship application will only be visible during the application period of June-July each year.

Please carefully read the Eligibility & Selection and Funding Guidelines tabs before starting the application process.

A complete application consists of:

  • Complete online application form
  • Applicant’s NIH Biosketch (uploaded by applicant online)
  • Research Proposal: (two page limit, including any graphics, charts or references).  The research proposal must be written by the postdoc and reviewed by the faculty sponsor. These two pages should include a brief statement of proposed investigation in the following sections:  Background, Goals, Hypothesis, and Experimental methods).  Formatting guidelines require at least 1-inch margins at the top, bottom, left and right; and 12 point or larger font Times New Roman, Times Roman, Arial, Helvetica, or Verdana. Include title of project and your name on both pages and number pages. If the applicant choses to include references, the reference should include enough information to allow the reviewer to look up the paper.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from the sponsoring Faculty Mentor at Stanford, and two additional letters from other recommenders. Important Reminder: do not skip this portion of the online application form – you cannot return to the page to add the information later and your letter writers will not be contacted.

Program Requirements

All Berry Fellows are expected to acknowledge the Berry Fellowship as a source of support in all presentations and on all publications related to the work during the research fellowship period, are required to attend quarterly luncheons and events honoring award recipients, participate in annual donor events, and submit annual progress reports to the Berry Fellowship Committee
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Progress Reports highlight the fellow’s research progress to-date and future plans.  Reports are due each year by the submission deadline; fellows are notified in late spring of their reports due dates.   Satisfactory research progress is necessary for the release of pledged funding in years 2 and 3 of the award.   

Detailed Progress Reports should be submitted in the form of 2-3 pages (including any graphics or charts), and should include the following:

  1. Overview of proposed research and potential insights gained
  2. Summary of progress and long-term goals
  3. Details of progress and future directions
  4. Include, your updated CV including a list of all publications submitted and published

Annelies Ransome
Associate Director
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
E-mail: postdocaffairs@stanford.edu [postdocaffairs]

 

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