Fellows Survival Guide

Funding Opportunities

Some fellowships will encourage you to identify funding sources for your second and third year. Ask about funding expectations during your fellowship interviews. If you anticipate applying for funding, discuss this with your fellowship director early on, as some deadlines fall even before you start fellowship. Fellows also may apply for grants for specific research studies or begin applying for funding for the years after fellowship if that is in line with career plans. If you have interest in pursuing research as part of your career, you should take advantage of any opportunities to read and write grants during your fellowship.

PIDS maintains a list of funding opportunities for fellows and issues some fellow awards of its own. PIDS also maintains a separate list of Funding Sources for all investigators – some may be appropriate for early investigators, so take a look!

Additional sites to investigate:

  1. NIH Nationally, individuals look to NIH funding. Many institutions hold training grants (T32) or can help you apply for NIH Fellowship funding (F-series).
  2. Loan Repayment through the NIH is possible for those planning to pursue research careers.
  3. Antimicrobial Resistance Leadership Group 
  4. Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI)
  5. Thrasher Research Fund
  6. IDSA ERF/NFID Merle A. Sande/Pfizer Fellowship Award in International Infectious Diseases
  7. The Gerber Foundation Novice Researcher Award
  8. Burroughs Welcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists
  9. Pediatric Scientists Development Program (PSDP)
  10. Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Physician Scientist Fellowship
  11. Albert Einstein has historically maintained a comprehensive website

Funding opportunities for international medical graduates:

Some grants, especially federal grants, are restricted to US permanent residents or citizens (e.g., NIH T32 awards). However, funding options that are eligible for IMGs may be available through private institutions, medical organizations, industry, or local institutions.

The following are funding options that do not require U.S citizenship or permanent residency status:

  1. PIDS International Medical Graduate Early Career Development Award
  2. Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID)
  3. Antimicrobial Stewardship Fellowship Award, Stanley and Susan Plotkin and Sanofi Pasteur Fellowship Award, St. Jude-PIDS Fellowship Award in Basic and Translational Science, Health Disparities in Pediatric ID Fellowship Award, Thrasher Early Career Award
  4. American Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award
  5. Burroughs Welcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists
  6. The Gerber Foundation Novice Researcher Award
  7. Local institution – your local institution may offer internal grant opportunities without restrictions based on immigration status

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