Offered by the Damon Cancer Research Foundation, the Damon Runyon Fellowship Award supports theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies, and prevention.
Through the program, awards will be made to institutions for the support of a fellow under direct supervision of a sponsor, a scientist (tenured, tenure-track, or equivalent) capable of providing mentorship to the fellow. In addition to aiding in the planning, execution, and supervision of the proposed research, the sponsor’s role is to foster the development of the fellow’s overall knowledge, technical and analytical skills, and capacity for scientific inquiry. Fellowships are granted for a four-year term, with second-, third-, and fourth-year funding contingent on satisfactory progress reports. In addition, fellows in their first and third years of funding will attend Damon Runyon Fellows' Retreats designed to foster collaboration and interaction between scientists working in different fields relevant to cancer.
The first-year stipend is $52,000, with an additional $2,000 expense allowance. (The foundation also provides a dependent child allowance of $1,000 per child per year.)
To receive level-one support, basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than eighteen months prior to the application deadline date, have not been in their sponsors' labs for more than a year prior to the application deadline date, and commit to spend 100 percent of their time on Damon Runyon-supported research activities.
To receive level-two support, physician-scientist applicants (MD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, or the equivalent) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, be board-eligible in the United States at the start date of the fellowship, and be able to devote at least 80 percent of their time to Damon Runyon-supported research activities.
Applicants may apply at any time prior to their initial assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent); postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and clinical instructors are eligible to apply. Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of application are not eligible to apply. Candidates holding institutional K12 awards may apply but must turn back K12 funding if they are awarded a Runyon Fellowship.
See the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.