Frequently Asked Questions

When does the application period open and close?
The online application process opens October 1 for grants due February 1 of the following year. For example October 1, 2020 the on-line application for the February 1, 2021 deadline will be available. The application period closes Feb 1 at 5pm.

Does the Fund provide indirect cost to the Institute?
No indirect costs are paid.

When will I be notified if I have been awarded a Fellowship?
The review board generally meets in late April or early May.  Applicants  will be notified by email  in late April or early May, whether their application has been declined for funding.  Those applicants selected for funding will receive a phone call.

Can the research allowance be used for travel?
No, there are separate funds that are awarded to the Fellow. Check the Travel Policy for more information.

Can the research allowance be used for health insurance?
Yes, the research allowance may be used for health insurance. The use of the funds from the research allowance will be decided by the Fellow and his/her sponsor.

What is the Fund’s Patent Policy?
The patent policy adopted by the Board of Managers adheres to the policy of the institution.

What if I can’t send in the signature page with my application?
If you are having difficulty getting the required signatures from the sponsoring institute, send the application in without the certification page (to meet the February 1 deadline). Your application will not be considered incomplete. Please note on the application that the certification page will be coming under separate cover.

What is the deadline for the signature page?
The certification page is due February 17th.

When are my sponsor and reference letters due?
We have a deadline of February 17 for all letters. It is important that the letters are received by then, so that they can accompany your application when they are assigned for review. 

Do you fund foreign nationals?
Yes, if they are working in a US lab.

Do you fund US citizens in foreign labs?
Yes

Does the Fund provide feedback on the applications?
No, we do not provide feedback on applications.

Can more than one person from a lab apply in the same year and do you fund more than one person in a lab?
In the event multiple applications are submitted, it is the policy of the Fund to initiate no more than one fellowship under a particular sponsor in any award year.

Can there be more than one Jane Coffin Childs Fellow in the lab?
There can be more than one Fellow funded by Jane Coffin Childs. They would be a 2nd or 3rd year Fellow. 

What is the budget for this fellowship?
$51,500 as a stipend per year for three years
$2,000 as a research allowance per year for the three years
$1,000 as a dependent allowance, per child, per year for the three years
No fringe costs

Is there a travel allowance?
Yes, but this is not part of the budget. The travel allowance may be requested by the Fellow to attend science meetings. An expense report is filed and the reimbursement is sent directly to the Fellow.