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.