Dup15q Alliance Fellowship Application 2019

Announcement: February 8th, 2019

Full application due date: May 17th, 2019

Reviews: early June 2019

Award Notification: end of June 2019

Awardee required to attend Dup15q Alliance Conference in July

Awards

Dup15q Alliance will make a number of awards determined by its available financial resources. The term of the award will be a period of up to 2 years and will include:

For pre-doctoral and medical students:  $25,000 per year for up to 2 years
For postdoctoral fellows: $25,000 per year for 2 years

This award can be used for stipends, salary, supplies and other research related costs. No portion of these funds shall be used to cover indirect university costs.

Eligibility

Applicants for pre-doctoral awards must be enrolled students in good standing in a program leading to a research doctorate such as a Ph.D. or Sc.D. or a dual degree such as an M.D./Ph.D. in an academic department at an accredited university or health/medical institution in the United States. Applicants for Medical School Gap Year Research Training Awards should be enrolled at an accredited university medical school in the United States. Applicants for postdoctoral awards must have completed their doctoral or medical degree and have been accepted as a postdoctoral fellow in good standing in a program in the United States as of the award start date (July-September 2016). Pre- and postdoctoral applicants may apply at any point during their training. Medical school applicants must apply prior to graduation from medical school.

It is not necessary for applicants to be citizens of the United States.

Projects that address one or more of the Dup15q Alliance current research priorities are preferred:

  • Molecular and cellular etiology of dup15q-specific phenotypes
  • autism: behavior, language and cognitive aspects
  • epilepsy
  • SUDEP
  • hypotonia
  • deficits in motor function
  • Studies related to management of and new treatments for these phenotypes

List of Requirements

  • Completed online application form - available here
  • Proposal abstract (maximum 250 words)
  • Curriculum vitae of applicant
  • Applicant biosketch (NIH format)
  • Mentor biosketch (NIH format)
  • Letter of support from mentor on institutional letterhead
  • Personal statement (maximum 2 pages)
  • Training plan (maximum 1 page)
  • Proposed research plan (maximum 2 pages) describing:
  • Hypothesis
  • Aims
  • Methods
  • Expected Results
  • Literature cited (not counted in page limits)
  • Budget and justification

Font and Spacing

All pages should be single spaced, 11 pt. Arial font with 0.5 inch margins.

Proposal Abstract

Maximum 250 words.

The abstract must be written using language that could be understood by a layperson or non-expert. It should indicate the proposed research and training goals, the training environment and the relevance of the research to individuals with dup15q syndrome and their families.

Curriculum Vitae of Applicant

The CV should include the applicant’s SAT, MCAT, and/or GRE scores, as well as undergraduate and graduate GPAs.  Please list any publications in press or in submission, but not in preparation.

Personal Statement

Maximum 2 pages.

The applicant should submit a personal statement describing her/his background, experience, and qualifications for this award, as well as his/her career plans in dup15q syndrome research. The statement should describe how the proposed project and selected mentor will foster the candidate’s progress toward the stated career goal.

Training Plan

Maximum 1 page.

The applicant should describe the training environment.  Include required seminars, potential meetings, local meetings, department seminars, collaborating researchers and formal course work, if applicable. Speculate on the skills that will be acquired during the training period.

Proposed Research Plan

Maximum 2 pages.

The plan should describe the research project, including hypotheses to be tested, specific aims, background/preliminary studies, methods, eligible subjects (if applicable), expected results and alternative strategies. 

Literature Cited

Cite using numerical citations in parentheses for each reference. Bibliography should include up to three authors, year, title, journal, volume and page numbers.

Budget

Please submit a budget, including stipends, salary, supplies and other research related costs​.

Human Subjects and Animal Welfare Certifications

IRB and IACUC certifications are NOT required to submit an application, but are required before an award will be made.  If your proposed project is part of an already approved IRB/IACUC please include that in your submission.

Submission

Proposals must adhere to the page limits provided. Applications with one or more sections that are longer than the page limit may not be reviewed.

Upload completed application (included all pieces listed above) as one electronic file (.pdf) at the end of the online submission form. View online submission form here.

To apply for Dup15q Alliance's fellowships, please complete this online form in its entirety. Deadline for submission for the 2017 awards is June 1st, 2017. Applications received after that date will not be considered. In addition to the completed form the following must be uploaded as one PDF file:

  • Proposal abstract (maximum 250 words)
  • Curriculum vitae of applicant
  • Mentor biosketch
  • Letter of support from mentor on institutional letterhead
  • Personal statement (maximum 2 pages)
  • Training plan (maximum 1 page)
  • Proposed research plan (maximum 2 pages) describing:
  • Hypothesis
  • Aims
  • Methods
  • Expected Results
  • Literature cited (not counted in page limits)
  • Budget and justification