Career Development Program: Special Fellow (2- & 3-Year Awards)

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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Grant amount: US $67,000

Next anticipated deadline: Sep 1, 2020 12:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 13, 2020 12:00pm PDT (Pre proposal), Sep 27, 2020 12:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Research Scientist Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 4 years of receiving their PhD

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Note: The application process is in three phases.

  • Eligibility Phase application is due on the 'Letter of Inquiry' deadline
  • If notified as eligible, Abstract submission is due on the 'Pre-proposal' deadline. 
  • If approved, Full Application submission is due on the 'Full proposal' deadline

About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc. (LLS) is a national voluntary health agency dedicated to the conquest of hematologic malignancies and relevant premalignant conditions. LLS supports research, patient aid, community service programs, advocacy, and public and professional education.

Description of Awards

Through the Career Development Program, LLS supports talented blood cancer researchers in the early phase of their careers. CDP continues to provide a pool of dedicated researchers to advance the understanding and diagnosis of cancer, as well as the development of treatment and prevention options that will ultimately lead to cures for blood cancer patients.

The Special Fellow Award

Thee Special Fellow Award is for 2 or 3 years depending on eligibility and supports mentored postdoctoral fellows and instructors who are training for a career in blood cancer research and/or treatment. The intent of the program is to support top performing postdocs who have clearly demonstrated success as postdocs and who need 2-3 years of training to be competitive for an independent position. The emphasis is on “Special” and not simply “senior.” Postdocs who are  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc. currently competitive for an independent position and who are actively looking for one should not apply. This award is not intended for those who are within 1 year of their independent academic position as of the award start date.

The maximum award per year is $67,000.00 and includes the applicant’s salary and fringe benefits. A Special Fellow’s salary may be supplemented by funds from another source. Indirect costs may be included and cannot exceed 5% of the total direct costs requested in the proposal. The final value of the award may be limited by the applicant’s Sponsoring Institution’s policy. Expenditures for laboratory costs/equipment, travel, tuition, etc. are not permitted (some exceptions to this rule apply in the case of K99 recipients). The awarded value will be limited to the amount requested in the submitted proposal. It is anticipated that the proposed research will occupy a majority of the applicant’s research time, however there are no requirements for a certain percent effort in our budget template

Blood Cancer Relevance

LLS encourages scientists of various disciplines to ask questions relevant to hematologic malignancies and/or relevant premalignant conditions/states. Relevance is determined by the experimental approach. Correlation of a biological phenomenon with blood cancer is not sufficient evidence of relevance to LLS’s Mission, unless there are experiments to directly address this correlation. The proposed experiments must seek to answer questions about blood cancer or normal blood cell function of relevance to cancer. There must also be funding support for this research (see Research Support Requirement section).

The intent of LLS’s Fellow Award is to encourage early stage scientists to pursue a career in blood cancer. Thus, the experimental plan and the career trajectory must indicate this desire. LLS also encourages applicants with diverse scientific training to pursue careers in blood cancer. Therefore, Fellow applicants who have little to no blood cancer training are encouraged to apply if they propose relevant experiments in an appropriate Sponsor’s laboratory and have a career plan appropriate for a career in the blood cancer field. 

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