Pew Biomedical Scholars

Other Deadline:

CWRU Nomination Due: June 14, 2019

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.

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.

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew scholars program.

Number of Applications
Amount of Funding

$300,000 ($75,000 a year for four years)


  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of Oct. 17, 2019, 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 14, 2019, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 14, 2016), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave does not count as part of this three-year limit. Candidates who took parental leave should contact Pew’s program office to ensure that application reviewers are aware of their circumstances.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2020 online application.
  • 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.

Submission Process


Internal Letters of Intent (LOIs) must be one PDF document.


The first page of this single PDF document should be double-spaced containing:

  • PI name,
  • PI department/division and school/college,
  • Project title
  • An abstract of the proposed research.


The PDF must also contain the PI's NSF or NIH style biosketch.


This LOI should be submitted no later than 5:005:00 pm on [LOI due to ORA deadline].


Typically: “Final nominees will be notified of their selection by [Review Completed deadline].”


Typically: “Final proposal must be received by the Office of Research Administration by 5:00pm EST on [Proposal due to ORA deadline].”


Final proposal must be received by the sponsor by 5:00pm EST on  [Proposal due to Sponsor deadline] at 5:00pm EST.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
05/14/2019 05/24/2019 10/10/2019 10/17/2019 CLOSED