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Application Details for Lasker Clinical Research Scholars

The application deadline passed on August 27, 2015. Please check back in Spring 2016 for the next recruitment.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), in partnership with the Lasker Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2015 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program. This is an opportunity for up to 12 years of funding for clinical researchers.

The Lasker program supports a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development as independent investigators. This unique program provides Scholars with five to seven years of support as an independent principal investigator in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP), followed by three years of financial support, either at the NIH or at an extramural research institution.

During the initial IRP phase, Lasker Scholars will be offered competitive salaries, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and will be provided research space, supported personnel positions and a research operating budget. In some cases, Lasker Scholars may be able to maintain relationships with their previous institution while working at the NIH. In the second phase, Scholars either remain in the IRP, or receive up to three years of grant funding, up to $499,000 per year in direct costs, to continue their research at an extramural medical center or research institution.

Candidates must have a clinical doctoral degree (MD, MD/PhD, DO, DDS, DMD, RN/PhD or equivalent) from an accredited domestic or foreign institution and must have a professional license to practice in the United States. The program is intended for investigators at the early stages of their independent careers, and at the time of application, candidates must be no more than 10 years from completion of their core residency training. Applicants who completed their core residency in June, 2005 are eligible. Candidates generally will have completed or will be completing a post-residency clinical fellowship and will have demonstrated significant patient-oriented research experience to qualify for a tenure-track level appointment.

To ensure a programmatic fit with the research interests of the IRP, candidates are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent, including a Biosketch and a summary of research interests. The full application will include a research proposal and submission of four letters of reference. The deadline for a full application is August 27, 2015.

The positions will start in 2016. More information and links are available at For questions, contact Dr. Charles Dearolf, Assistant Director for Intramural Research at NIH, at

The program honors the contributions of Mary and Albert Lasker to the National Institutes of Health and to the overall biomedical community. The Lasker Foundation will provide Scholars with the opportunity to participate in selected activities.

The NIH and the Lasker Foundation recognize a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the clinical research workforce to improve the nation's capacity to address and eliminate health disparities. The NIH encourages applications from talented researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities and women.

See the program announcement for full application details.