Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces Nine Winners of the Physician Scientist Fellowship
New York, October, 10, 2019 – The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) today announced the nine subspecialty fellows receiving a total of $1.98 million in grants in the inaugural year of the Doris Duke Physician Scientist Fellowship. Through the Physician Scientist Fellowship, which funds the research of clinical investigators at the subspecialty fellowship stage of their careers, DDCF aims to promote the transition of emerging physician scientists into faculty-level positions.
“We are excited to support these outstanding clinical researchers during a critical stage in their careers: the period between residency and early faculty called ‘fellowship,’” said Betsy Myers, program director for medical research at DDCF. “In our research into the needs of the field, clinical investigators at the early faculty stage repeatedly voiced a need for increased protected time for research and financial support beyond what is required during the fellowship phase of training. We are proud to answer that call to action and to award these nine Physician Scientist Fellows with the resources they need to advance their careers and make important contributions to patient care.”
Recipients of the Physician Scientist Fellowship were chosen through a competitive, peer-review process by an external panel of physician scientists. While fellows training in fields such as cardiology, hematology, infectious diseases and oncology typically receive funding from their departments for short-term research, there are few opportunities to obtain external support for extended research during this phase. DDCF has designed the Physician Scientist Fellowship to address this gap in support. Each selected fellow is receiving two years of funding at $110,000 per year, a total of $220,000 for the entire grant term, and will work under the supervision of a mentor who will guide them toward successful biomedical research careers...