- Notification to Applicants for Interviews: Early June 2019
- Interviews: Afternoon of June 28, 2019 (save the date)
- Award Start Date: September 1, 2019 (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
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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 supported through the Berry Foundation's generous, ongoing gift to the School of Medicine to support this fellowship. The fellowships aims "...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 eager for the challenge of improvement of 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 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 understanding of children's health and disease as defined in the broadest sense, under the mentorship of a faculty member at the SoM.
- Applicants must be postdocs at the SoM at the time the award begins. If applicant is not a postdoc at the time of the deadline, additional documents are required. Instructors and Research Associates ineligible.
- Applicants must hold an MD, PhD, and/or a DVM/VMD degree(s); preference given to physician scientists.
- The faculty mentor/sponsor must be appointed in the SoM. Acting, consulting, and courtesy appointees ineligible.
- 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 interviews on the date listed on this page.
- Faculty members may not have more than one funded Berry Fellow at a time.
- Faculty members 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 Stanford SoM faculty.
- If the Postdoc 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 appear in the application.
- Previous applicants may reapply.
- Complete application (application visible only when application period is open)
- NIH Biosketch
- Research Proposal: Two page limit, including tables, figures, and references. Proposal is written by the Postdoc and reviewed by the faculty sponsor. Proposals include brief statements of proposed investigation (up to a 3-year project) in the following sections: Background, Goals, Hypothesis, and Experimental Methods. Use 1-inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica, or Verdana. Include title of project and your name on both numbered pages.
- Three recommendation letters: one from the sponsoring Faculty Mentor at Stanford, and two additional letters. Letters are due the same day as the application, so request letters at the beginning of the application process via the online application.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM PST on the application deadline.
- Scientific merit of the proposal.
- Relevance of proposal to science and children’s health.
- 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, describe how the time was spent.
- 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.
- Acknowledge the Berry Fellowship as a source of support in all presentations and publications related to the work during the Fellowship period.
- Attend quarterly Berry Fellowship luncheons, events honoring award recipients, and participate in annual donor events.
- Submit annual progress reports.
- overspending occurs, or
- incorrect expenditure code(s) are used, or
- falsified or misrepresented information is later determined that effects eligibility.