The application for 2017 Awards is now closed.
How to Apply
The Kimmel Scholar Award is a two-year, $200,000 award given to promising young cancer researchers. Of the 15 annual Awards, ten are typically given in the fields of basic cancer research and five for translational science. Please review our Application FAQs for additional information regarding eligibility and selection.
The Sidney Kimmel Foundation uses an online application.
All components of the application are to be submitted online with a hard copy mailed within two days of submission to:
Gary I. Cohen, M.D.
Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC
6569 North Charles Street, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21204
Contact Kathryn Fletcher at 443-849-3729 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Kimmel Scholars program or Emily Krohn at 215-665-4675 or email@example.com with technical questions about the application.
Personal Statement (1-2 pages)
Statement of career goals as they relate to cancer research and explanation of how your work addresses the objectives of the Kimmel Scholar Award. Explain how your research will aid the understanding and treatment of human malignant diseases. Your statement should include a description of the work environment and necessary resources available to conduct research and an approximation of percent effort to be devoted to research, teaching, patient care, administration and other duties.
Research Description (Limit narrative to 3 pages)
Describe your work in cancer research, including a brief description of pertinent supporting studies. Outline the future direction of current research and include other potential areas of interest. Explain the importance of your work to our understanding of cancer and implications for future therapies of malignant disease or cancer prevention. Graphs, figures, tables and references may be included within this narrative or uploaded to the appendix section below.
Budget (1 page)
The Kimmel Scholar Award provides $100,000 per year for two years. Please approximate the manner in which funds will be allocated among categories such as salary support, research, equipment, travel and administrative costs; funding may not be used for tuition reimbursement of graduate students. The Kimmel Foundation will not provide additional institutional overhead, although a maximum of 15% of the Award may be budgeted toward such costs. Also describe in detail all other current and pending funding including source, amount and duration of such support. The Foundation will not consider applicants who are already fully funded by R01 grants or who are currently the beneficiary of another similar scholar award which supports cancer research.
Personal References (1-2 pages each)
Please provide three letters of reference. One letter must be from the chairman of your division or department and two from appropriate physicians and/or scientists familiar with your work. At least one letter of recommendation should come from outside your current institution. Each reference should: broadly review the independence and importance of the applicant’s work in the context of similar work from other laboratories; rank the independence and quality of the work within the reference’s experience; and assess the overall contribution of the applicant in published papers which involved collaboration with senior investigators.
During the online application process, an e-mail will be sent automatically to each reference requesting a letter on your behalf and including instructions for submitting. All letters of reference are to be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, either by the applicant or directly from the reference, at the time the application is submitted online by the December 1 deadline. Original letters must be sent (in a separate, sealed envelope if desired) with the mailed hard copy application.
Please supply up to three original papers authored by the applicant from peer reviewed journals. If available, submit one or more papers or editorials from other sources which elucidate the background or importance of your work (helpful, but not required). Graphs, figures, tables, and references may be uploaded here or included within the Research Description narrative above.
Cover Page (1 page)
The standardized cover page is automatically generated upon completion of the online application. The cover page should be completed with appropriate contact information and include an abstract of the current research and a brief descriptive title. Please print a copy of the cover page, sign and include with the hard copy application to be mailed. An institutional official responsible for budget oversight must also personally sign the cover page; electronic signatures or copies are not acceptable.
The full application consists of the Personal Statement, Curriculum Vitae, Research Description, Budget, three Letters of Reference, Appendix and Cover Page. Applications are to be submitted online by 3:00 p.m. EST on December 1, 2016, with an original hard copy of all components mailed for receipt no later than December 5. All letters of reference are to be e-mailed to email@example.com, either by the applicant or directly from the reference, at the time the application is submitted online by the December 1 deadline. Original letters must be sent (in a separate, sealed envelope if desired) with the mailed hard copy application.