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Announcing the 2017 A.P. Giannini Fellowship

Dear colleagues,

I writing to announce the 2017 A.P. Giannini Fellowship Program, which supports outstanding young MD or PhD researchers for up to 3 years of postdoctoral research at Schools of Medicine in California. Please see link below for information.  

As the UC Irvine representative on the Medical Advisory Committee, I am happy to field any questions from potential applicants and PIs about the program and application process. I will also be happy to assist UC Irvine candidates selected for interview to practice and hone their interview presentation. The deadline for submission of applications and letters of reference is Tuesday, Nov. 1; late applications will not be accepted. 

Eligibility: Candidates must be United States citizens or permanent alien residents, must hold or complete an MD; MD/PhD; PhD or equivalent degree and at the time of application, must have conducted postdoctoral research for at least 6 months and no more than 36 months. Candidates must perform their research under the sponsorship of an accredited California medical school under the mentorship of a principal investigator at the sponsoring medical school.

The Foundation reviews the competitiveness of the fellowship stipends annually and will announce the amount of the stipends in November. No part of the annual stipend or award may be used for institutional overhead. 

Candidates may receive additional salary support from the sponsoring institution but cannot hold another fellowship or federally funded career development award. 

The Medical Advisory Committee emphasizes the following criteria in selecting candidates to interview:

  • The accomplishments of the candidate as demonstrated in peer-reviewed publications and letters of recommendation.  
  • The originality and the scientific and medical importance of the proposed research project.   
  • The commitment of the candidate to a career in biomedical research.
  • The commitment of the postdoctoral mentor to the candidate’s development as an independent scientist.   
  • The accomplishments of the mentor and ability to support the candidate’s research.

Additional information can be found on the website: