Pew Charitable Trusts: Pew Biomedical 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.
Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. This program does not fund clinical trials research. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches to basic, translational, and applied biomedical research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields are encouraged to apply.

Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are 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)


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

  • Hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field.
  • As of Sept. 10, 2020, hold a full-time appointment 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).
  • Must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at any institution prior to June 15, 2017, 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.
  • May apply to the program a maximum of two times. All applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2021 online application.
  • If applicants have appointments at more than one eligible nominating institution or affiliate, they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different nominating entity.
  • May not be nominated for the Pew Scholars Program and the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research in the same year.

Submission Process

Step 1:

Internal Letters of Intent (LOI's) must be one PDF document.
The first page of the PDF document should be double-spaced containing:

  • PI name,
  • PI department/division and school/college,
  • Project title, and
  • 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 5:00 pm EST on April 20, 2020.

Materials should be submitted as a single PDF attachment to an email sent to

Step 2:

Final nominee will be notified of their selection by May 11, 2020.

Step 3:

Final proposal due in the Office of Research Administration by 5:00 pm EST on September 3, 2020.

Step 4:

The sponsor deadline for the proposal is 5:00 pm EST on September 10, 2020. 


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
04/20/2020 05/11/2020 09/03/2020 09/10/2020 CLOSED