Fellowship Information



The conditions under which these awards are made are as follows:

Applicants in general should not have more than one year of postdoctoral experience and MDs should not have received their degree more than three years prior to the date the application is due (February 1). You must hold either an MD or a PhD in the field in which you propose to study, or furnish evidence of equivalent training and experience.

The appointment will be for three years. The Fund recognizes that in some instances there may be valid reasons for changing both laboratory and sponsor during the course of your fellowship. Such changes require the permission of the Director with the advice of the Board of Scientific Advisers.

Applicants who, at the time of initiation of the fellowship, will have completed one year in a position as postdoctoral fellow or equivalent will usually be awarded a maximum of two years of fellowship support from the Fund. Only under exceptional circumstances will an award be made to an individual who will have had two years or more of postdoctoral research experience.

Applicants may be citizens of any country, but for foreign nationals awards will be made only for study in the United States. American citizens may hold a fellowship either in the United States or in a foreign country.

An applicant, in addition to submitting evidence as to pre and postdoctoral training, must supply the following:

  1. the names and addresses of three individuals personally acquainted both with the applicant and with the applicant’s professional work, one of whom is to be the principal predoctoral advisor,
  2. letter from the Sponsor
  3. a suitably documented outline of the research problem proposed, and
  4. the written consent of the Chair of the Department and a responsible fiscal officer of the host institution indicating their willingness to accept and provide necessary facilities for the Fellow (certification form). (Please note that in the event of multiple applications, it is the policy of the Fund to initiate no more than one fellowship under a particular sponsor in any fiscal year)

Stipend & Expenses

The basic stipend is $50,000 for the first year, $50,000 for the second year, and $50,000 the third year, with an additional $1000 for each dependent child. There is no dependency allowance for a spouse.

An allowance of $2,000 a year toward the cost of the research usually will be made available to the laboratory sponsoring the fellow. The research allowance is not to be used for travel.

The Fellow will have access to $1,800 for travel to science meetings, please look at the travel policy. In addition to the travel allowance the Fund provides a travel award for the Fellow and their family to travel to the sponsoring laboratory. Return travel for Fellows will be considered depending upon the Fellow’s plans and situation at the time.

Indirect Costs

The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research is a non-profit organization that currently awards fellowships to suitably qualified applicants for full-time training. Since its inception in 1937, the Fund has not provided indirect costs as a matter of policy.

Child Care Funding for Female Fellows

In 2008 The Joan A. Steitz Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven was established as an Endowed Designated Fund for the benefit of Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research to provide stipends for child care to women who are recipients of a Jane Coffin Childs post-doctoral fellowship.

There is no application or paperwork due on the part of the female Fellow. The income from this Fund is sent to the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund annually. The Jane Coffin Childs Fund identifies the female fellows that have children and a distribution is made. The dollar amount of the distribution to each female fellow is determined by the amount of funds received and the number of female fellows with children.