Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Quantitative Biology Fellowship Award

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    Santiago Schnell

    Quantitative Biology Fellowship Award

    Deadline December 1st, 2021

    Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has established an award program to encourage quantitative scientists (trained in fields such as mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering, or related) to pursue research careers in computational biology under the joint mentorship of leaders in both computational science (“dry lab”) and cancer biology (“wet lab”). By investing in this area, Damon Runyon will bring additional attention to the importance of these specially trained scientists for making meaningful progress in cancer biology.

    Applications will be evaluated by the following criteria:

    • The quality of the applicant, their commitment to pursuing a research career as a computational biologist, and potential to excel in cancer research.
    • The capacity of the mentorship team (two required) to provide a robust training experience that will accelerate the development of the applicant’s scientific skills and prepare them to independently conduct high quality, innovative cancer-related research. Each Mentor (one in a “dry lab” and one in a “wet lab” setting) must have generated a proven track record in the successful training of other scientists.
    • The qualifications, experience and productivity of both the applicant and the Mentors.
    • The quality of the research proposal (importance of the problem, originality of approach, appropriateness of techniques and clarity of presentation).

    Funding: The award will be for a period of three years. Funding will be allocated to the awardees’ primary institution each year for support of the scientist. Funds are to be used for stipend and/or research expenses. No part of this grant can be used for indirect costs or institutional overheard.

    Eligibility: 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 their diploma to confirm date of conferral. (If an applicant has not yet received their PhD diploma but has successfully completed all PhD requirements, including PhD defense, they may submit a letter from the graduate school explicitly stating such, with the date of the successful PhD defense and date of degree conferral.)

    Candidates applying to work in foreign-based or United States government laboratories may be awarded a fellowship if the program represents an unusual opportunity for postdoctoral training. Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the United States.

    For more information, please visit the fellowship website.

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