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

The purpose of the program is to sponsor academic activities. The awards may be used for protected time from clinical, teaching 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 faculty member does not yet have independent funding. The fellowship is not intended to provide total support.

Fellowships are funded by HMS, HSDM, their affiliated institutes, departments, divisions, and centers, and private donors.  Typically in the $30,000 to $50,000 amount, these stipends support junior faculty at the most vulnerable point in their academic careers.  Each applicant must have a named project mentor.  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.

Each fall at the annual celebration, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine honors recipients in the presence of families, friends, mentors, and peers.

Fellowships selected by the Faculty Affairs Selection Committees. 

Academic Promise (two thirds of the overall score)

Materials submitted for this portion of the application are evaluated by the Faculty Affairs selection committee and assessed for academic promise.  The evaluation of academic promise is based on the merits of the project and the support reflected in the endorsements from the project mentor(s) and the department chair/division chief.

Personal Need (one third of the overall score)

Responses submitted for this portion of the application are evaluated by a distinct committee focusing on the applicant’s personal need, which encompasses challenges and obstacles experienced while in pursuit of an academic career.  For this reason, we ask you to share information that is not generally required by most grant programs. This information is kept confidential and will not be shared with your department unless one of the fellowships you are opting to apply for is reviewed by a departmental committee


Fellowships selected by the host department, division, or institution, whether they make use of our application system or not, may have different selection criteria.

While faculty may not receive more than one award per year, we encourage simultaneous applications to all the fellowships you may be eligible for within the program. Please note that eligibility for fellowships selected by the Faculty Affairs selection committees depends upon affiliation with a specific department, division, or institution.

To be eligible, applicants should hold an MD, DMD, PhD, or equivalent advanced degree and an appointment at the level of Instructor, Assistant Professor, or Member of the Faculty at Harvard Medical School or Harvard School of Dental Medicine on or before the posted application deadline. Those who anticipate a faculty appointment after October 17, 2018 are not eligible for this cycle.  For more information, including application requirements and expectations, please click the RFA link on the left hand side. 

The History
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.

Each fall at the annual celebration, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine honors recipients in the presence of families, friends, mentors, and peers.

Annual Celebration Program and Photos:

Each application must include endorsements from the applicant’s project mentor and from the department chair or division chief (unless they are the same faculty member).  Applicants will be prompted to include their endorsers’ name and email address in order for the online endorsement request to be sent directly from the application system.  We recommend that you notify your endorser of this deadline well in advance.

Please note that endorsers will only see applicant’s name, project title and offering cycle.  The full scope of your proposal, including your personal need responses will not be included.  These endorsements will be read by the committee that evaluates the scientific promise of the proposal.