2015 Jefferson-Pilot Fellowships in Academic Medicine

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 Jefferson-Pilot Fellowships in Academic Medicine. The due date for applications is June 5.

Description of the Jefferson-Pilot Fellowships in Academic Medicine

Through the generosity of the Jefferson-Pilot Corporation, a trust fund has been established within the Medical Foundation for the support of Jefferson-Pilot Fellowships in Academic Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.  Jefferson-Pilot Fellows are selected each year.  The active term of the Fellowship is four years unless the recipient's position on the faculty is terminated prior to expiration of the Fellowship.  The recipient will receive $20,000 to be paid over a four-year period in equal installments of $5,000 per year.  The award is to be used at the discretion of the recipient for support of his/her scholarly endeavors, and it is not to be used as a supplement to the salary of the recipient or as a substitute for a portion of the salary.  Nominations now are being invited for the 2015-2016 Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship.


The aim of the program is to retain promising junior faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.  This is accomplished in two ways.  First, the recipient of the award, by being named a Jefferson-Pilot Fellow in Academic Medicine, is given public recognition of his/her prior achievements and the School's confidence in his/her future; second, the monetary award allows him/her a degree of freedom to explore new ideas, new ways of teaching students, treating patients, or investigating biological problems that may not be available from other granting agencies.


Any individual, either basic medical scientist or clinical scientist is eligible for nomination for a Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship provided that the candidate has been a full-time faculty member of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine for at least one year and does not have faculty tenure at the time of appointment as a Jefferson Pilot Fellow.  Preference will be given to candidates below the rank of Associate Professor, but Associate Professors without tenure are eligible.  This Jefferson Pilot Fellowship has usually been awarded to a faculty member with substantial academic productivity that is within one to two years of his or her tenure decision.

Instructions to Nominators

The person making the nomination should provide a written statement in support of the nomination setting forth his/her reasons for believing that the candidate would be particularly suitable for the award.  The nominator may wish to support the nomination by requesting one or two additional faculty members to write letters of recommendation for the candidate.  If one of the additional letters of support is not from the candidate's Chair, the nominator should obtain a brief statement of support from the Chair.

Nominations should be submitted electronically as a single PDF via email to april_kollar@med.unc.edu on or before June 5, 2015.

More information about award eligibility and the nomination process can be found here.

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