Pew Scholars Program


PSOM Limited Application - 2019 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

To: School of Medicine Faculty

From: Jon M. Lindstrom, PhD – Chair, PSOM Limited Applications

Selection Committee

Re: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

Date: March 29, 2018


The University has been invited to nominate one candidate for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) will oversee the final review and selection of the candidate; each school within the University may put forth one nominee.


Brief Description of the Pew Scholars Program:

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in the first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.


Eligibility for the 2019 award:

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of October 15, 2018, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.)
  • On June 29, 2018 candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 29, 2015), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total.
  • If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one. Faculty based at CHOP must apply through the hospital and may not apply through both CHOP and PSOM.
  • Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program


Review Criteria:

  • Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health.
  • Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches.
  • Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply.
  • Risk-taking is encouraged.
  • Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards and publications.
  • In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.


Amount of funding:

  • $75,000/year for 4 years ($300,000 total)
  • Not more than $12,500 of the annual award may be used for the scholar’s salary (including benefits).
  • Not more than 8% of the total award may be allocated for overhead costs.
  • It is expected that Pew scholars will spend at least 80% of their time in work related to the accomplishment of their overall research goals. However, Pew provides flexible support to the overall research aims of the scholar and does not monitor or restrict percentage of effort or time of Pew scholars.


To view a complete list of previous Pew Scholars see:


PSOM Review Process:

Candidates must submit the following:

  • Cover Page: Candidate name, academic rank, school, department, month and year of appointment to the faculty, email address and phone number, and title of proposal
  • Letter of nomination from department chair or division chief
  • Research proposal, no longer than 2 pages (references not included in the 2 page limit)
  • CV including current and pending funding with annual award amounts

Materials must be submitted in single pdf file in the following order: Cover page, letter of nomination, research proposal, CV.


Subject line should read: Pew Scholar_ Applicant’s surname_Applicant's first name. For example: PewScholar_Doe_Jane


Materials must be submitted to Connie Weinstein at clw [at] by 9:00 AM on Thursday, May 3, 2018. If you have any questions please contact Connie at 215-898-0132 or clw [at]