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Summer Fellowship Program Application

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The purpose of the AA&MDSIF Summer Fellowship Program is to foster an interest among young talented scientists in building a career around vital research in bone marrow failure research. Our fellowship offers an opportunity for medical students, graduate students in the biological sciences, and MD/PhD researchers to engage in research under the sponsorship and supervision of an established, tenure-track Principal Investigator who directs a laboratory or clinical service dedicated at least in part to the investigation of bone marrow failure at a U.S. academic, medical, or research institution. Proposals will also be accepted for appropriately targeted clinically based projects related to aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), or paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH).

Eligibility: Applicants currently enrolled in a U.S. graduate program in the biomedical sciences, medical school or in an MD/PhD program, and who locate a research mentor with whom they would like to study, are invited to submit an application and summer research proposal to AA&MDSIF. Applicants must provide evidence of commitment from the P.I. with whom they plan to study for this proposal. AA&MDSIF is committed to building a diverse scientific workforce and therefore encourages application to this fellowship from women and minority students.

Objective: The objective of the Summer Fellowship is to fund scientifically meritorious research focused on BMF diseases and their long-term sequelae.  Investigator-initiated research is encouraged in the areas of congenital or acquired BMF.  Studies focused on BMF diseases and their progression to other malignancies such as leukemia are acceptable.  However, research primarily focused on myeloproliferative neoplasms, leukemia, or other malignancies is discouraged.  Projects including bone marrow transplantation or stem cell biology should address issues unique to BMF diseases.

Application Process:

  • Applicant CV
  • Letter of Support from PI (mentor) with whom the fellow will perform the project
  • Research proposal (maximum 2 pages, double spaced, 11 point font, excluding references)
    • Description of research project to be performed within 10 week time frame
    • Describe the benefit to applicant’s educational advancement that will result from this project.
    • Specify outcome (e.g. scientific presentation, poster, article submission or final report to AA&MDSIF for publication)
  • Additional material
    • Describe the institutional educational environment -
      • facilities
      • laboratories
      • participating departments
      • computer services
      • other resources to be used in the proposed project

Fellowships will be awarded based on evaluation of the following criteria: Proposal topic as related to our interest in bone marrow failure diseases, appropriate scope as relates to a 10 week time frame, ability of selected mentor to provide suitable educational and research opportunities, opportunity for student to learn valuable skills, gain experience, and if possible complete a discrete project or portion of a project directly related to his or her area of interest.

Award Amount: $5,000

*This amount is to fund direct research expenses only, including the salary of the fellow; no indirect costs are allowed, and no portion of the award may support faculty salary.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

Award Announcement: April 15, 2015

More information and Application: For more information, or to submit an application, please contact Ellen Salkeld, PhD., Senior Director of Research and Health Professional Programs,

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