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.
Fellowships are funded by HMS, HSDM, Affiliated Institutes, Departments, Divisions, and Centers, and private donors.
The purpose of the fellowship program is to enhance the quality and diversity of the Faculty of Medicine 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 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.