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The Walter V. and Idun Berry Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Important Dates

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 7, 2019

Application Materials


  • Notification to Applicants Invited for Interviews:  Early June 2019
  • Interviews: Afternoon of June 28, 2019 (save the date)
  • Award Start Date:  September 1, 2019 (Please note: the start date cannot be changed.)
  • Funding Period: September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020, renewable annually through August 2022
  • Funding Level:  Annual support of up to TBD in annual stipend, insurance, and research allowance (research allowance for use at any time over the course of the three-year award).
  • Notification of Awards:  late July 2019


For information about the legacy of  Walter V. and Idun Berry, please click HERE. 

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, neonatalmedicine, 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 requirements: 
  • 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 postdoctoral scholar at the time of the application deadline, additional documents must be submitted with the application (see application checklist below). Instructors and Research Associates may not apply.
  • Applicants must also hold an M.D., Ph.D. and/or a DVM/VMD degree(s); selection preference will be given to physician scientists. 
  • The faculty mentor/sponsor must be appointed in the School of Medicine. Acting, consulting and courtesy appointees are not eligible. 
  • Foreign scholars may have J-1 or F-1 OPT (receiving stipends), or H1B visas (receiving the award as salary). Citizenship is not a selection factor. 
  • Applicants must be available for an interview on the interview date listed on this website. 
Additional Application Guidelines:
  • Faculty members may not have more than one funded Berry fellow at a time.
  • A faculty member may not serve as mentor/sponsor on more than one fellowship application per cycle. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Re-applications from previous applicants are accepted. 


Application Process: 
A complete online application consists of:
  • Complete online application form (application visible only when application period is open)
  • 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 (up to a 3 year project) 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 the 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.  Letters are due the same day as the application, so please request these letters at the beginning of the application process via the online application.

Applications are due by 11:59 PM Pacific time on the application deadline date.

Selection Process: 
The Berry Postdoctoral Fellowship selection committee reviews applications based on:
  • Applicant's qualifications.
  • Scientific merit of the proposal. The proposal must be written by the fellow and reviewed by the faculty sponsor. 
  • Relevance of the proposal to science and to children’s health.
  • 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. 
  • Selection committee interview
  • 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. 

Additional Information


For questions regarding this fellowship, please click here to use Stanford's HelpSU system to submit your inquiry online.

Program Requirements: 
  • 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;
  • Berry Fellows are required to attend quarterly Berry Fellowship luncheons, events honoring award recipients and participate in annual donor events;
  • Berry Fellows must submit annual progress reports.  
Funding Requirements and Guidelines:
The Berry Fellowship provides annual support in annual stipend and insurance plus a research allowance for use at any time over the course of the three-year award. Equipment purchased with these funds belongs to and remains the property of the 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. Satisfactory research progress is necessary for the release of pledged funding in years two and three of the award. 
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 awardees and/or faculty sponsors to report in writing the receipt of external support, via e-mail to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Meet the Fellows

  • Felicity Gore | Award Year: 2017 | Department: Bioengineering
  • Christina Kim | Award Year: 2017 | Department: Genetics
  • Nick Haber | Award Year: 2015 | Department: Pediatrics
  • Viviana Risca | Award Year: 2012 | Department: Genetics | Department: Genetics
  • Xuecai Ge | Award Year: 2011 | Department: Developmental Biology
  • Roozbeh Kiani | Award Year: 2011 | Department: Neurobiology
  • Nan Yang | Award Year: 2011 | Department: Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
  • Elizabeth K. Costello | Award Year: 2009 | Department: Microbiology & Immunology