- Notification to Applicants Invited for Interviews: mid-July 2018
- Interviews: Afternoon of TBD (save the date)
- Award Start Date: September 1, 2018 (Please note: the start date cannot be changed.)
- Funding Period: September 1, 2018, to August 31, 2019, renewable annually through August 2021
- Funding Level: Annual support of up to $62,000 (this is the 2017 award year funding level) in annual stipend and insurance, plus $10,000 research allowance for use at any time over the course of the three-year award.
- Notification of Awards: August 2018
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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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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. 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.
- 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.
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- 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.
- overspending occurs above award amount;
- incorrect expenditure code(s) are used; or
- falsified or misrepresented information is later determined that effects eligibility.