Research Fellowship in Sturge-Weber syndrome Eligiblity Criteria. 

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2016


 1. For the purpose of this fellowship, research is defined as “patient-oriented research conducted with human subjects, or translational research specifically designed to develop treatments or furthering the science discoveries of Sturge-Weber syndrome. These areas of research include epidemiologic or behavioral studies, research trials, studies of disease mechanisms, the development of new technologies, and health services and outcomes research.” Disease-related studies not directly involving humans or human tissue also are encouraged if the primary goal is the development of therapies, diagnostic tests, or other tools to prevent or mitigate neurological, ophthalmological and dermatological manifestations.


2. The applicant must be interested in research and have completed a medical residency or a post-doctoral fellowship (PhD) within the past five years. At the time of application, applicants must be post-doctoral fellows or newly appointed junior faculty members (first two years of appointment). During the award period it is acceptable for the candidate to be pursuing formal graduate coursework (e.g. MPH) as part of the 75 percent protected time for research.


3. The applicant must work directly with a representative from the Sturge-Weber Foundation to provide periodic progress reports utilizing SWF supplied template.


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Materials for Application

Submit four complete sets of the following application materials. Each applicant may only submit one application.


1. Letter of nomination from both the Mentor and Department Chair (if possible both), including assurance there will be at least 75 percent protected time for Sturge-Weber syndrome research and specifically stating what clinical and administrative duties will be assigned to the candidate during the period of the award.


2. Four page research plan, including aims, background, and the research plan including methodology and data analysis. The research plan should be written by the applicant and should represent his/her original work. However, the applicant is expected and encouraged to develop this plan based on discussion with the proposed mentor. It is appropriate for the proposed work to be specifically related to the mentor’s ongoing research, but not required.


3. Current curriculum vitae.


4. Three letters of reference supporting the applicant’s potential for a clinical or academic research career and qualifications for the fellowship. Letters of reference are in addition to the four page research plan.


5. Listing of the applicant’s and mentor’s current and pending support using NIH format.


6. Letter from proposed mentor detailing his/her support of and commitment to the applicant and the proposed research and training plan. More than one mentor is permitted. One mentor should be designated as primary and be responsible for administrative matters. The letter should specifically indicate the mentor’s role in the development and preparation of the applicant’s research plan. Letter should describe:  

• How the proposed research fits into the mentor’s research program.

• Expertise and experience in the area of research proposed and the nature of the mentor’s proposed time commitment to the supervision and training of the applicant.

• Mentor’s prior experience in the supervision, training, and successful mentoring of research scientists.

• Potential for applicant’s future research career and comparison of applicant amongst other candidates.


7. Proposed mentor’s NIH Bio sketch. 8. Document describing arrangements for formal course work including: quantitative clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, study design, data analysis, ethics and any other candidate feels is relevant to the success of this Fellowship.


Fellowship Specifics:

1.  The Fellowship is for a 1 year period with a potential 2nd year extension based on positive progress in research as determined by the SWF Scientific Advisory Panel support.


2. The Fellowship is a $50,000/year supported training with an additional maximum 10% for indirects.


3. The candidate may submit a research project in conjunction with the Fellowship application requesting additional funding up to $35,000.


4. The candidate must work collaboratively with The Sturge-Weber Foundation Centers of Excellence and agree to work with and act as a resource for the SWF Centers of Excellence if appropriate to the proposed research project.  In the event this coordinator role evolves, additional funding will be available.


5.  All completed applications must be submitted to Contact Information below by 5pm (CST) February 15, 2016


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