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 50th 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 Program 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, and Centers, and private donors. The list of fellowships offered in the previous application cycle is accessible here.

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. Find photos of the 2014 annual celebration here.

Evaluation Criteria
The Shore Fellowships consist of three groups.

Fellowships selected by the HMS/HSDM committees. These fellowships are assessed for academic promise and personal need. Academic promise accounts for 2/3 of the final score and 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 the final score and relates to challenges and/or obstacles in pursuit of an academic career.

Fellowships selected by the host department, division, or institution, but making use of our application system. These fellowships may have different selection criteria.

Fellowships managed and selected by the host department, division, or institution. These fellowships may have different application procedures, deadlines, and selection criteria.

Eligibility for fellowships selected by the HMS/HSDM committee
Applicants should:

  • hold a M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent advanced degree;
  • and hold an appointment at the level of Instructor or Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
  • In addition, eligibility for the two fellowships available to the entire faculty is limited to those who have not received an award from the Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program in the past.

    2016 Offering Cycle
    For those fellowships that are either selected by the HMS/HSDM committees or make use of our application system, the application deadline is Monday, January 11, 2016, 12:00 PM (noon). The endorsement deadline is Friday, January 22, 2016, 12:00 PM. We hope to notify applications before the end of April 2016. The list of fellowships and the online application will be released on this web page at the beginning of December 2015. Please check regularly.

    As in previous years, the application will include questions regarding your scientific project and your personal need. In addition to the online application form, the following materials will also be required.

    • A project description. This description should not exceed 2 pages, including references, and should include your hypothesis, methodology, plans for publications/presentations, and realistic timeline for the project. Applicants are welcome to include a brief description of plans to extend the work after the original funding period. See the RFA for more information.
    • A budget proposal. Awards range from $30,000 to $50,000. Most fellowships are in the $30,000 amount. See the RFA for more information.
    • A curriculum vitae. The CV should follow the requirements of the HMS format.
    • A personal need description. A Word document template with specific questions is available here.
    • (A) letter(s) of support. Each application must include a letter of support from the department chair or division chief. If a different faculty member will serve as sponsor during the fellowship, a second letter must be submitted by that mentor. Endorsers will receive an email with instructions to upload their letter only when the application is fully submitted. Guidelines for the letter of support are available here.

    RFA >
    FAQ >
    Personal Need Section >
    Letter of Support Guidelines >
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    General information about the Program and specific information about application deadlines, proposal and sponsorship requirements can be obtained by contacting the faculty development coordinator, Damien Mahiet, at 617-432-1198 or email HMSOFA_Programs@hms.harvard.edu.

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