Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

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Grant amount: US $87,400 - US $106,350

Anticipated deadline: Feb 9, 2019 12:00pm PST

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Massachusetts

Location of residency: Massachusetts

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 5 years of receiving their PhD

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Overview:

Established in 1936, the Charles A. King Trust was created to “support and promote the investigation of human disease and the alleviation of human suffering through improved treatment.” In keeping with these principles, the King Trust today supports postdoctoral fellows in Basic Science and Clinical/Health Services Research.


The Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is designed to support postdoctoral fellows and physician-scientists in non-profit academic, medical or research institutions in Massachusetts. Each applicant must be working under the supervision of an established scientist who is the designated Mentor. Two-year grants ranging from $87,400 to $106,350, inclusive of a $2,000 expense allowance, will be awarded September 1. 

Basic Science
The King Fellowship supports research disciplines across all biomedical fields, in keeping with the Foundation’s mission. Proposals in the basic sciences seek to increase our understanding of the underlying normal and abnormal biological processes relevant to human health and disease. 

Clinical/Health Services 
The King Fellowship supports research disciplines across all biomedical fields, in keeping with the
Foundation’s mission. Clinical and health services research fellowships support mentored research studies
involving human subjects, tissues, or data involving human patients. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • For all applicants: 
    • By the funding start date, hold a Ph.D., M.D., D.M.D., M.D./Ph.D., or comparable degree and work in an academic or medical research institution in the state of Massachusetts;
    • Only one applicant per Mentor may apply per application cycle; there are no institutional limitations on the number of applicants who may submit applications;
    • United States citizenship is not required; visa documentation is not required. 
  • Basic Science: Basic Science Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements by the dates indicated:
    • By the funding start date, must have completed at least three (3) years and no more than five (5) years of full-time postdoctoral research experience (see definition below).
      • Eligible applicants will have begun their full-time postdoctoral work between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2015;
        • Postdoctoral research experience is defined as full-time employment, after receiving one’s first doctoral degree, as a postdoctoral fellow in a research laboratory or similar professional experience (e.g. positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries) five full days each week.
          • All postdoctoral research experience completed domestically and abroad is counted.
    • By the funding start date, must commit at least 90% time to research;
    • By the application deadline , the applicant must have at least one primary, peer-reviewed, research article from their postdoctoral work either published or in press;
    • By the funding start date, apply under the guidance of a Mentor who is an established investigator with an active research program.
      • Mentors are expected to be involved in the planning, execution, and supervision of the proposed research;
  • Clinical/Health Services:; Clinical/Health Services Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements by the dates indicated:
    • By the funding start date, apply under the guidance of a Mentor who is an established investigator with an active research program.
      • Mentors are expected to be involved in the planning, execution, and supervision of the proposed research;
    • By the application deadline. the applicant must have at least one primary, peer-reviewed, research article from their clinical postdoctoral work either published or in press;
    • By the funding start date, applicants must fall into one of the following categories:
      • Applicants with Clinical Responsibilities:
        • Must have protected time of at least 70% to devote to research;
        • Must be engaged in mentored postdoctoral research;
        • Candidates with an M.D. or combined degree may have up to five (5) years of full-time employment (see definition below) since completion of residency training
          • Full-time employment is defined as employment following residency (or similar clinical training). For M.D. applicants, periods of full-time research training in a degree-granting program (i.e., study for a Ph.D, MPH, or MSc degree) beyond those required as part of an ACGME- approved training
          • program are excluded.
        • Clinicians in fields without formal internship and residency requirements (e.g. PhD Psychologists and PharmD applicants) have five (5) years after completion of all clinical education required for licensing in their respective fields.
      • Applicants without Clinical Responsibilities:
        • Must commit at least 90% time to research;
        • Must have completed at least three (3) years and no more than five (5) years of full-time postdoctoral research experience (see definition below). Eligible applicants will have begun their full-time postdoctoral work between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014;
          • Postdoctoral research experience is defined as full-time employment, after receiving one’s first doctoral degree, as a postdoctoral fellow in a research laboratory or similar professional experience (e.g. positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries) five full days each week.
          • All postdoctoral research experience completed domestically and abroad is counted.

Preferences:

  •  Proposals focused on cancer, blindness (not visual impairment), or child health are highly encouraged due to the availability of dedicated fellowships supported by the generous funding contributed respectively from the Sara Elizabeth O’Brien Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the Simeon J. Fortin Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, and the Charles H. Hood Foundation.