Three-year fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to graduates of medical and graduate schools in the biological sciences holding M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M. or D.D.S. degrees. Awards will be based solely on the quality of the individual applicant's previous accomplishments, and on the merit of the proposal for postdoctoral research. Persons doing a second postdoc are eligible only if they are transferring to a different supervisor's laboratory and embarking on a new project not connected to their previous research. All U.S. citizens are eligible to apply with no geographic restriction on the laboratory of their choice. Foreign applicants will be eligible for study in U.S. laboratories. LSRF fellows must carry out their research at nonprofit institutions. LSRF fellows may change projects, laboratories, and/or institutions during the fellowship as long as the eligibility rules listed here are not violated. A person holding a faculty appointment is not eligible to apply for an LSRF fellowship.
Note: There may be no more than one LSRF fellow in any one laboratory at a time. If a laboratory contains an LSRF fellow, an applicant intending to work in that particular lab would be eligible to apply only during the current fellow's final year. However, multiple applicants may apply from a lab which does not contain an LSRF fellow (but only one fellowship would be awarded). Please verify this matter with your intended supervisor.
The fellowship cannot be used to support research that has a patent commitment or involves any other kind of agreement with a commercial, profit-making company. Any patentable discovery from the individual's research becomes the property of the institution where the research is conducted. The deadline for applications is October 1.
Stipends. The fellowship award is $57,000 per year and is meant to be a minigrant. LSRF keeps $1000 for administrative expenses and passes the rest to the fellow. Effective June 1, 2009, the salary scale begins at $43,000 for a first-year postdoctoral, $45,000 for a second year, and $47,000 thereafter. The fellow, not the advisor, will control expenditure of the remainder. It may be used for fringe benefits (up to $2,000/year), travel to the host institution, travel to visit the sponsor and to the LSRF annual meeting, research supplies or equipment in support of the fellow's research. The LSRF does not award an institutional allowance for overhead.