APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1 (8:00 pm EST)
DEADLINE FOR SUPERVISOR AND REFERENCE LETTERS: NOVEMBER 1 (8:00 PM EST)
NOTE: Individuals who have held a PhD or MD degree for more than 5 years at the time of application are not eligible for an LSRF fellowship.
The application contains three tabs, Applicant Info, Research Proposal and Letters of Reference and Support. Instructions for filling out the application are provided below and next to the appropriate fields in the application. Read these instructions carefully before filling out the application.
Verify that all email addresses listed (yours, your supervisor, your references) are correct and current. Proofread all typing after inserting these into the application. If the email address is not correct your supervisor and referees will not receive the email from LSRF with the instructions and link to upload their letters. AN INCORRECT EMAIL ADDRESS IS THE NUMBER ONE MISTAKE THAT APPLICANTS MAKE.
Supervisor and all Referee’s names must be listed by the applicant before the deadline. These names and addresses cannot be listed after October 1.
List all Supervisor and Referee’s names and email addresses; do not list his/her assistant’s email address. LSRF must have all the recommender’s information on file. Do not list more than one supervisor/referee in each slot. (Joint supervisors may be discussed in the single supervisor letter.)
If you encounter a problem in uploading your files into the application try switching the web browser you are using. If that doesn’t help it may be that your file is too large.
U.S. citizens are eligible to work in any geographic location while holding an LSRF fellowship. Non-U.S. citizens must work in a U.S. laboratory to be eligible for an LSRF fellowship.
A laboratory may have only one LSRF fellow at a time. Multiple applicants may apply from the same laboratory however, if multiple applicants from the same laboratory are selected as finalists only one fellowship may be awarded. You may apply if there is already an LSRF fellow in the proposed laboratory and the existing fellow is in their final year of funding. In this case if you are awarded, your fellowship would begin as the current fellow's funding ends and there is no conflict.
Individuals who have held a PhD or MD degree for more than 5 years at the time of application are not eligible for an LSRF fellowship.
Individuals intending to remain in their thesis labs to complete their proposed LSRF postdoctoral research project are not eligible for an LSRF fellowship. You must complete your LSRF research project in a different lab. Working as a postdoc in your thesis lab for a brief period before moving to your new postdoc lab is acceptable.
LSRF does not require letters from your institution’s grants office at the time of application. The only requirement is that you list his/her name and email address. If and when an applicant is chosen for a fellowship, both you and the institution will be contacted.
LSRF does not require a budget. The award is $60,000/year for three years ($180,000 total). $50,000/year is for the fellow's stipend/salary and the remaining $10,000/year is a research allowance for the fellow. The research allowance is to be used for laboratory research supplies, scientific meeting registration and travel expenses (including the LSRF Annual Meeting), small equipment (including computer workstations, a laptop, printer) and up to $2,000/year may be applied toward the fellow's health/fringe benefits. Funds are paid quarterly to the fellow's host institution and the fellow is paid by the host institution, not LSRF. No indirect or overhead costs may be charged to the fellowship.
LSRF does not require college transcripts, animal certification documents or any type of visa documents.
LSRF does not require signatures at the time of application.
LSRF must be notified if you accept another fellowship at any time during the application and review process (October 1 through June 1). An email to Susan DiRenzo will suffice.
LSRF cannot supply you with a sample proposal, nor can it supply you with a critique of your submission.
LSRF receives more than 1000 applications per year and awards 15-25 fellowships per year. The number of fellowships awarded depends entirely on our fundraising efforts that year. The LSRF does not have an endowment. We were able to fund 26 of our 50 finalists in 2014.
Timeline for Application Submission, Evaluation and Funding
September 4: Website opens for applications
October 1: Application deadline
November 1: Supervisor and reference letters deadline
December: Applications sent to members of the Peer Review Committee for initial review
February: Peer Review Committee meets to choose approximately 50 finalists
Feb/March: Applicants are informed if they are finalists. (Non-finalists are also notified.)
February to August: LSRF solicits existing and new potential sponsors to fund the finalists. Approximately 15-25 finalists each year are matched successfully with sponsors.
Questions and inquiries pertaining to the submission of applications should be sent to:
Susan DiRenzo, Assistant Director