Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences competition

Sponsor Name: 
Pew Charitable Trusts
Description of the Award: 

The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $240,000 in flexible support-$60,000 per year for a four-year period. One nomination is invited from each participating institution.

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Risk-taking is encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work. Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew scholars program.

Eligibility for the 2018 Award:

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of Oct. 23, 2017, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.)
  • On July 7, 2017, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 7, 2014), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2018 online application.
  • If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.

Once the Pew program office has received the name and contact information of the nominee from the institution, login information will be emailed directly to the selected applicant. The online application website will open July 21, 2017, and the submission deadline is Oct. 23, 2017.

Internal Application Materials:

Interested faculty should submit the following materials in a single pdf to the internal selection committee by June 7:

Research Project Summary (3 pages including references & figures)

Curriculum vitae (2 pages including publications and external funding)

Department Head Letter of Support (1 page)

List of external references (name, title, institution)

  1. Graduate Advisor
  2. Postdoc Advisor
  3. Scientific reference familiar with applicant’s work
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Oct 23, 2017
Other Deadline Dates: 
07/07/2017 - 16:00
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 
  • To nominate a candidate, a member of the Penn State internal selection committee must complete an online survey describing the selection process used by the institution and submitting the name and contact information of the chosen applicant by July 7, 2017. Nominations of applicants to the program will not be considered after July 7, 2017.
  • Once the Pew program office has received the completed survey and the name and contact information of the selected applicant, login information will be emailed directly to the selected applicant.  The online application website will open July 21, 2017, and the submission deadline is Oct. 23, 2017. Nominees will gain access to the secure application portal, which includes detailed instructions and an applicant guide, on July 21, 2017, at
To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 4:00pm