Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine

Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine

The Fiftieth Anniversary Program for Scholars in Medicine was established in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the admission of women to HMS and to acknowledge the important contributions of women to the School. As part of this celebration, a Fellowship program was established to help junior faculty, women and men,  at the point in their careers when they must teach, do research, compete for grants, publish, or practice (if a clinical faculty member) at the same time they may be assuming increased family or other responsibilities. The program was renamed in 2004 to honor the efforts of Dr. Eleanor Shore, former Dean for Faculty Affairs, and Dr. Miles Shore, Bullard Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, on behalf of the 5oth Anniversary Program for Scholars in Medicine.

Purpose of the Fellowship Program

The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to enhance the quality and diversity of the Harvard Medical School faculty at all ranks.  Stipends are offered to junior faculty at the most vulnerable point in their academic careers.  While both men and women may apply, this support is an important part of the effort at HMS to increase the representation of women at the higher ranks in the Faculty of Medicine.

The intention of the Fellowship is to support academic activities. The awards may be used for protected time from clinical or laboratory responsibilities to pursue academic work, including writing a grant application, preparing a manuscript, completing a research project, or developing a new curriculum.  Funds awarded could also be used for additional laboratory assistance at a time when the junior faculty member does not yet have independent funding. The Fellowship is not intended to provide total support.

Participation in the 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine

Fellowships are funded by HMS, HSDM, Affiliated Institutes, Departments, Divisions, Centers  or private donors. Participation in the Shore Fellowship Program allows recipients to receive the recognition of having received a grant. All recipients and their families, sponsors, and mentors are invited to the annual Eleanor and Miles Shore Scholars in Medicine Celebration. This is a wonderful event during which the Dean honors each fellowship recipient in the presence of families, friends and peers.

Seventy-nine such Fellowships were awarded in 2013. The Program seeks to use these, as well as other strategies, to increase the diversity of the faculty at all levels. Individual Shore Fellowships generally provide $30,000-$50,000 of funding per year.

Evaluation Criteria:

Applicants for those fellowships selected by the HMS/HSDM selection committee are assessed for academic promise and personal need.

  • Academic promise (accounts for 2/3 of score) is evaluated based on the merits of the project and the support reflected in the department head/sponsor letter.
  • Personal need (accounts for 1/3 of score) relates to challenges and/or obstacles in pursuit of an academic career.


  • M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent advanced degree
  • Appointment at level of Instructor or Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School
  • May not have been a past recipient of a Scholars in Medicine Fellowship


General information about the Program and specific information about application deadlines, proposal and sponsorship requirements can be obtained by contacting Megan Dross, Faculty Development Coordinator at 617-432-1198 or email hmsofa_Programs@hms.harvard.edu.

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