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Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International
Investigators for Research Related to Pediatric Cancer

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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and Sohn Conference Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/15/21 4:00 PM Eastern Time


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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International investigators at universities, hospitals, and institutions for research regarding pediatric cancer. The program is intended to fund basic scientists and clinicians who conduct research with the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of one or more pediatric cancers. Fellows must hold one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, DO.

Candidates must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a Sponsor—a scientist (tenured, tenure-track or equivalent position) capable of providing mentorship to the Fellow. In addition to aiding in the planning, execution and supervision of the proposed research, the Sponsor’s role is to foster the development of the Fellow’s overall knowledge, technical and analytical skills, and capacity for scientific inquiry. The Sponsor is also expected to assist the Fellow in attaining his/her career goals. Assistant Professors with limited mentorship are strongly encouraged to identify a more established scientist to co-sponsor the candidate. 

Awards are made to institutions for the support of the Fellow under direct supervision of the Sponsor. Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible.

The primary criteria used to evaluate applicants are:

  • Potential impact of the research on pediatric cancer
  • The quality of the research proposal (importance of the problem, originality of approach, appropriateness of techniques and clarity of presentation)
  • The qualifications, experience and productivity of both the candidate and the Sponsor
  • The quality of the research training environment in which the proposed research is to be conducted and its potential for broadening and strengthening the candidate's ability to independently conduct innovative and substantive research. The proposed research and training environment should represent a new opportunity for the candidate to expand his/her scientific skill set. Direct extensions of the candidate's graduate work (in approach, technique or exact area of study) will not be funded.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190812

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Year 1: Stipend: $52,000, Expenses: $2,000
- Year 2: Stipend: $54,000, Expenses: $2,000
- Year 3: Stipend: $57,000, Expenses: $2,000
- Year 4: Stipend: $60,000, Expenses: $2,000

The $2,000 expense allowance is awarded to the laboratory in which the Fellow is working and can be used by the Fellow for his/her educational and scientific expenses. With a written request to the Foundation from the Fellow, the expense allowance may be used to defray the cost of health benefits. The Fellow determines how he/she would like to spend the money with approval from his/her sponsor. It is not an allowance for institutional overhead, postdoctoral scholar registration fees or postdoctoral fellowship taxes. Institutions may not automatically deduct any fees from this allowance without the Fellow’s approval.

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any qualifying medical school debt still owed by the awardee. Payment will be made annually over the course of the award.

The Foundation also provides a Dependent Child Allowance of $1,000 per child per year.

Term of Contract:

Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowships are granted for a four-year term with second-, third- and fourth-year funding contingent upon satisfactory progress reports.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, DO. The applicant must include a copy of his/her diploma to confirm date of conferral. (If an applicant has not yet received his/her PhD diploma but has successfully completed all PhD requirements, including PhD defense, he/she may submit a letter from the graduate school explicitly stating such, with the date of the successful PhD defense and date of degree conferral.)

Level 1: Basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date. Applicants must not have been in their Sponsors’ labs for more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date and are expected to devote 100% of their time to Damon Runyon-supported research activities.The applicant must include a copy of his/her diploma to confirm date of conferral. Please note the 18 month in Sponsor's lab rule only applies to Sohn Fellowship applicants.

Level 2: Physician-scientist applicants (MD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, DO or the equivalent) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, must be board eligible in the United States at the start date of the Damon Runyon-Sohn Fellowship, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time to Damon Runyon-Sohn supported research activities. Applicants may apply at any time prior to their initial assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent); postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and clinical instructors are eligible to apply. Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of application are not eligible to apply. Candidates holding institutional K12 awards may apply, but must turn-back K12 funding if they are awarded a Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship.

The proposed research must be conducted at a university, hospital or research institution.

Candidates working in a structured postdoctoral research program at a for-profit institution may apply. If awarded, the for-profit will pay the Fellow's salary directly. (If the institutional salary is less than that received by other Damon Runyon Fellows, Damon Runyon will supplement that amount to equal the stipend of other Damon Runyon Fellows.) Awardees will have all the privileges and responsibilities extended to other Damon Runyon Fellows, and are required to adhere to the guidelines and policies of the Fellowship Award.

Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible.

Candidates who are pursuing a degree are not eligible.

Candidates applying to work in foreign-based or United States government laboratories may be awarded a fellowship if they are considered to be especially meritorious or if the program represents an unusual opportunity for postdoctoral training.

Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the United States.

Pre-Application Information:

Application due on or before: March 15, 2021 4:00 PM Eastern Time
- Selection meeting date: May 6, 2021
- Award begins first day of: July, August, September, or October 2021

For Level 1 Applicants:
- Degree conferred between: September 15, 2019 - March 15, 2021
- Joined Sponsor’s Lab on or after: September 15, 2019



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