Sunday, February 6, 2011
The Irvington Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The Irvington Institute Fellowship Program of the Cancer Research Institute, formerly the Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, answers the need for more researchers in the field of cancer immunology. It supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in cancer immunology or general immunology.
A panel of 23 scientists drawn from our Scientific Advisory Council rigorously evaluates each candidate, the intended sponsor and training environment, and the nature and feasibility of the proposed project.
- Applicants for the CRI Fellowship Program must be working in cancer immunology or general immunology. Proposals must aim to increase our understanding of the human immune system. Proposals outside the area of immunology WILL NOT be considered.
- Applicants must have a doctoral degree by the date of award activation and must conduct their proposed research under a sponsor who holds a formal appointment at the host institution.
- Applicants with 5 or more years of relevant postdoctoral experience are not eligible, with the exception of M.D. applicants, who should not include years of residency in this calculation.
- Only in exceptional circumstances will applicants who have already spent 3 or more years in a sponsor’s laboratory by the start date of fellowship be considered for a fellowship award.
- Work can be carried out in the United States or abroad but must take place at non-profit institutions.
- Only one fellow per sponsor may apply per application round, and faculty sponsors may not have more than three CRI-supported fellows at any time.
The fellowship provides stipends of $45,000 for the first year, $47,000 for the second year and $49,000 for the third year. In addition, an allowance of $1,500 per year is allotted to the host institution for use at sponsor’s discretion to help pay for the fellow’s research supplies, travel to scientific meetings or health insurance. Stipends and institutional allowances are not permitted to cover administrative expenses. Payments are made monthly in U.S. currency to the host institution.
Applications must be received by April 1 and October 1 annually; when those dates fall on the weekend, applications are accepted until the following Monday. Applicants are notified of fellowship decisions within approximately 10 weeks of the application deadline.
Fellowships can be activated three months after the application deadline but no later than one year of the deadline. Awards activate on the first of the month.
Applications are accepted in electronic format only. The application process requires you to download a PDF application form for institutional signature and certification. You must also submit an electronic application to CRI, during which you will be asked to upload supporting materials.
Also, CRI now designates at least two fellowship awards per round for projects with high relevance to cancer immunology. Applicants must indicate whether they wish to be considered for one of these cancer immunology postdoctoral fellowships and, if so, must provide a description of the relevance of their proposed project to cancer immunology. Applications that are not selected for a cancer immunology postdoctoral fellowship will be placed among the general application pool for consideration.
The next application deadline is April 1, 2011.
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