The current grant level is $300,000; $75,000 per year for a four-year period. For the 2020 award, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. Participating institutions have been selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research and recommended to The Pew Charitable Trusts by the National Advisory Committee of the program.

Eligibility for the 2020 award

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of Oct. 17, 2019, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor or instructor are not eligible.)
  • On June 14, 2019, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 14, 2016), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave does not count as part of this three-year limit. Candidates who took parental leave should contact Pew’s program office to ensure that application reviewers are aware of their circumstances.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2020 online application.
  • If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards, and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew scholars program. If you have questions concerning eligibility, please contact Kara Coleman, project director, Pew Biomedical Programs at 215-575-4925 in advance of applying.

Terms of the award

An award of $75,000 per year will be provided to the sponsoring institution for use by the scholar over the four-year period, subject to annual review of the scholar’s progress. Grant agreements will be issued in August of the award year. Annual progress reports are required, describing research accomplishments, project status, and future directions. In addition, financial reports are required annually accounting for grant expenditures. Funding for the second, third and fourth years is contingent upon timely submission of acceptable financial and narrative progress reports and attendance at the annual meeting in March during the four-year term.

The awarded funds may be used at the discretion of the Pew scholar, for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the scholar's research and as to best advance his or her research and career. Not more than $12,500 of the annual award may be used for the scholar's salary (including benefits). Should the funds not be immediately required, they may be accumulated  and carried over through the four years of the grant period, and, with written approval of the program office, the grant may be extended for one additional (fifth) year (without additional funds). Not more than 8 percent of the total award may be allocated for overhead costs. It is expected that Pew scholars will spend at least 80 percent of their time in work related to the accomplishment of their overall research goals. However, Pew provides flexible support to the overall research aims of the scholar and does not monitor or restrict percentage of effort or time of Pew scholars.

During the four-year scholarship term, program participants are required to attend an annual meeting held in March. All expenses for attendees’ travel, lodging, and meals are paid by Pew. The meeting provides Pew scholars with an opportunity to present their research and for scientific collaboration and exchange with other scholars and members of the National Advisory Committee.

Participating institutions

For the awards to be made in 2020, one nomination will be invited from the presidents of the following 195 institutions, which have been selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research, and which have been recommended to The Pew Charitable Trusts by the National Advisory Committee of the program.

Institutions that would like to be considered for invitation may contact Kara Coleman at

Albany Medical College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Augusta University
Baylor College of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Binghamton University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Brown University
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Institution of Washington
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Children’s Hospital, Boston
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
City of Hope National Medical Center
Clarkson University
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
College of William and Mary
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dartmouth College
Drexel University
Duke University
Emory University
Florida State University
Forsyth Institute
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gladstone Institutes
Harvard University
Houston Methodist Research Institute
Howard University
Hunter College
Indiana University
Iowa State University
Jackson Laboratory
Johns Hopkins University
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
Lehigh University
Louisiana State University
Marine Biological Laboratory
Marquette University
Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
Mayo Clinic
Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical University of South Carolina
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Michigan State University
Montana State University
Morgridge Institute for Research
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
National Jewish Health
New York Medical College
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
Rockefeller University
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Rush University Medical Center
Rutgers University
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Louis University
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
San Diego State University
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Scripps Research Institute
Stanford University
State University of New York at Albany
State University of New York at Buffalo
State University of New York at Stony Brook
State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Thomas Jefferson University
Tufts Medical Center
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Colorado, Denver
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii
University of Houston
University of Idaho
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kansas Medical Center
University of Kentucky at Lexington
University of Louisville
University of Maine
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of Miami 
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of Nebraska
University of New Hampshire
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
University of North Dakota
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wyoming
Upstate Medical University
Utah State University
Van Andel Research Institute
Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wake Forest University
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wayne State University
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology
Yale University

National Advisory Committee

The National Advisory Committee provides scientific leadership to the program, reviews all applications, and identifies candidates to be recommended to Pew’s board to be named scholars.

The National Advisory Committee currently includes:


Mello, Craig C., Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Blais Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine
University of Massachusetts


Cox, Jeffery, Ph.D.
C.H. Li Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Endocrinology; Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Department of Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley

De Lange, Titia, Ph.D.
Leon Hess Professor
Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics
The Rockefeller University 

Izpisua Belmonte, Juan Carlos, Ph.D. 
Roger Guillemin Chair 
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Jacobs-Wagner, Christine, Ph.D. 
Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute 
Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology 
Director of the Microbial Sciences Institute 
Yale University

Lippincott-Schwartz, Jennifer, Ph.D.
Senior Group Leader
Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Locksley, Richard M., M.D.
Sandler Distinguished Professor
Departments of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
University of California, San Francisco

Medzhitov, Ruslan, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
David W. Wallace Professor, Department of Immunobiology
Yale University 

Muir, Tom, Ph.D.
Van Zandt Williams Jr. Class of ’65 Professor, Department of Chemistry
Princeton University

Niswander, Lee, Ph.D.
Professor and Section Head of Developmental Biology
University of Colorado, Denver

Patel, Nipam, Ph.D.
Director, Marine Biological Laboratory
The University of Chicago

Schmid, Sandra, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Cell Biology
Cecil H. Green Distinguished Chair in Cellular and Molecular Biology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Shokat, Kevan, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor and Chair, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology 
University of California, San Francisco

Turrigiano, Gina, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Chair, Neuroscience Program
Brandeis University 

Oral History Project

The story of scientific discovery is a personal one, and the Oral History and Archives Project for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences has collected the life stories of more than 200 Pew scholars and produced one of the most extensive biomedical research oral history archives available today in the United States.

The oral history project, launched in 1988, provides an intellectual portrait of modern science and makes available significant insight into the factors that shaped the lives of some of today’s most accomplished biomedical scientists.

The oral history collection traces the scientific paths that the scholars pursued, the challenges they confronted, and the kinds of choices and decisions they made that shaped their careers. Such stories, in turn, can motivate and inspire others to follow similar routes.

The completed oral histories are archived at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia.  Many of the histories are available for viewing and research upon request. For more information about the Pew scholars oral history collection, please contact the Chemical Heritage Foundation.