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Brody Family Medical Trust Fund Fellowships in Incurable Diseases


The Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) at Penn has received notice for the FY 2020-2021 Brody Family Medical Trust Fund Fellowships in Incurable Diseases fellowship funding opportunity.  The University may put forth a maximum of ten nominees for these fellowships.   


Applicants must be US citizens, have permanent resident status, or be able to demonstrate clearly their eligibility to stay in the United States legally for the duration of the proposed Fellowship research. Applications must be submitted by Friday, October 9, 2020 at noon. The BPP must submit its ten nominations to the College of Physicians is Monday, November 2, 2020.   


Please read the Funding Opportunity Announcement.   


Please inform your departmental Business Administrator and/or Grant Administrator of your intention to submit your materials for consideration. 


Dr. Maja Bućan, Associate Dean, will convene a review committee and those selected as nominees will be notified no later than Tuesday, October 20, 2020.  At that time, nominees will receive further instructions on preparing their complete applications for final submission to the University coordinator, Mary Anne Timmins, no later than noon on Wednesday, October 28, 2020


To be considered for nomination, please submit IN ONE .PDF FILE (not a series of documents) the following information via email to Mary Anne Timmins, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP):  (please name your .PDF file with last name,first name.pdf  example:  Smith, John.pdf) 




Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae 


Disease Information – (Maximum of 500 words) Describe the disease, or class of 

diseases, targeted by your research. Include information about the societal impact of 

the disease and efficacy of current treatments. Directly address how your research 

has the potential to lead to a better understanding of disease process and/or a better 

course for prevention, diagnosis or treatment of the disease(s). 


Abstract of Research Proposal – (Maximum of 500 words) This should be written in 

language accessible to non-expert scientists, and may be published by the 

Philadelphia Foundation if the project receives Brody Fellowship funding.  


Please note:  Abstracts should be written for “generalist” scientific reviewersrather than for experts in the candidates’ respective scientific fields.    


Research Proposal – (Maximum of 3 single spaced pages, using 12-point font. 

Figures are included in this page allotment, but the Reference List is not.) The 

Research Proposal should follow standard NIH format: Specific Aims, Background 

and Significance, Preliminary Data and Research Design and Methods 


Please note:  Proposals should be written in language "that is accessible to and understandable by a multidisciplinary group of scientific reviewers," be complete, cohesive and easy to read, and tell a story.   


Reference Letters – Each Applicant must arrange to have three (3) Reference 

Letters submitted in order for his or her Application to be considered. One (1) Letter 

of Reference should be from the Applicant’s Mentor.  


Please note:  The Mentor’s Letter of Support must verify the information in the Candidate's Application, confirm the Host Institution's willingness to accept the Candidate for the stated period of time, and must also address how the proposed project will foster the Candidate’s independent professional growth and development as a research scientist. 


All letters should include descriptions of the reference writers’ interactions with the Applicant (including how long they have known the Applicant), and their assessments of the Applicant’s quality and  his or her commitment and potential to establish an independent career in research. 


Eligibility Criteria 


  1. These Fellowships will be available to Applicants who will be conducting their

research at Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University School of 

Medicine or the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (inclusive of BPP affiliates). 


  1. The 2019 Eligibility Requirements allow for Applicants from outside of the 

respective Host Institutions’ Medical Schools, as long as the proposed disease-related research meets  

the intent of the Brody Fellowship and the Applicants are collaborating with faculty in one of the  

Host Institutions’ Schools of Medicine.  Such Applicants would have joint Mentorship of  

their research projects. 


  1.  The Brody Fellowship will provide up to two (2) consecutive years of financial support only; there  

will be no consideration of a proposed third year of funding. 


  1.  Applicants must hold an MD degree and/or be in the final stages of completing a

PhD (PhD Applicants must have obtained their degrees by the date the Award 



  1. PhD Applicants already possessing their degrees must be in their first or second

year of postdoctoral training on the date of the submission of the Application. 


  1. Applicants holding an MD or combined MD/PhD degree must have completed an

accredited residency program and be in their first year of advanced (subspecialty, 

fellowship) training. 


  1. Applicants must apply for the Fellowship under the guidance of a Mentor qualified to

oversee the proposed research. 


  1. Applicants must be US citizens, have permanent resident status, or be able to

demonstrate clearly their eligibility to stay in the United States legally for the 

duration of the proposed Fellowship research. 


  1. Multiple applications will be considered from the same laboratory, but only one Brody

Fellow at a time will be funded per laboratory. However, more than one Brody 

Fellowship may be awarded in any particular year to postdoctoral fellows from one 



  1. Each potential Host Institution (Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple

University School of Medicine or the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) 

may nominate up to ten (10) Brody Fellowship Applicants per year. 


  1. All applicants must notify The College of Physicians promptly if they have accepted any other positions or funding opportunities that would preclude their acceptance of a Brody Fellowship Award.  In such cases, the information will be confirmed with the applicants, mentors, and institutional point persons, the designated Applications will be withdrawn, and the Selection Committee will be informed of the change in Application status.   



NOTE:  DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION TO BPP IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020 AT 12 NOON. The ten nominees will be notified of their selection no later than Tuesday, October 20, 2020. 


If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Ms. Mary Anne Timmins at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

T32 Postdoc Funding Opportunity in Genomic Medicine

Due to the current situation, we have extended the deadline for applications for the NIH T32-funded Postdoctoral Training Program in Genomic Medicine. The training grant is open to both MD fellows and PhD post-doctoral trainees and provides 2 years of funding for trainees to complete coursework and mentored research in genomic medicine. Trainees should expect to take a course per semester covering such topics as biomedical informatics, statistics, scientific writing, experimental genomics, and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics and genomics.


Application requirements

Applicants should submit their CV, a one-page description of the career goals that includes a description of how training in genomic medicine will further their career goals, 2 letters of support, and a 2 page description of the proposed research to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Application deadline

All materials must be received by August 1, 2020.


Applicant qualifications

All applicants must be USA citizens or permanent residents.

Post-doctoral applicants must have a PhD, MD, or VMD degree (or equivalent), or a combined MD PhD or VMD PhD degree.


Payback requirements

Appointed post-doctoral trainees and fellows are required to engage in 2 years of research, teaching, or health-related activities. Please see


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