Announcement for 2024 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program

The College of Medicine has been invited to submit one candidate’s application for consideration for the 2024 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program. The Program funds basic biomedical research in the fields of cancer, immunology, and neuroscience and supports early-career biomedical scholars and their research to advance transformative ideas and leverage them for promoting breakthrough solutions. They seek research projects with above-average risk and promise.

Eligibility of the applicant:

Candidates should have completed their training and shown persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary research promise in the fields of cancer, immunology, or neuroscience. They should be independent investigators appointed to tenure-track positions and in the early stages of their careers and research. It is preferable that candidates be in the first three years of their tenure track. Candidates must have received committed startup funds from the institution. Candidates must have lab space from the institution.

The Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program is intensely competitive. The awardees will receive financial support from the Foundation of up to $110,000 annually, for a period of up to five years.

In order to implement the application process for this competition, eligible faculty members are invited to submit preliminary applications, upon the recommendation of the appropriate department chair(s), for review by Einstein's Awards Committee. From among these applications, the Committee will make recommendations and will select one candidate, who will be invited to submit a full proposal to the Foundation.

The deadline for submission of preliminary applications, for internal review by the Awards Committee, is on or before Tuesday, August 15, 2023.

For internal review of your application by the Awards Committee, please send a single (ONE) PDF containing the following as an email attachment to:

  1. Candidate Profile Form; download from Candidate Profile Form
  2. A statement outlining the applicant’s career potential and the Department’s plans for his/her future to be obtained from the Department Chairperson, limited to no more than two single-spaced pages.
  3. A written proposal containing a title and a description of the proposed research project to be carried out during the grant period, limited to no more than three single-spaced pages, plus one additional page (single-spaced) for references with titles included. The font must be Arial, 11-point or larger, and the margins should be at least 0.5 inches. Figure legends can use smaller fonts.
  4. A complete curriculum vitae and bibliography. Include invited presentations but not abstracts. Please click here to find the recommended format for curriculum vitae. Do not submit an NIH Biosketch.
  5. Information about present and pending grant support with amounts requested or approved, annual amounts, and duration of award.

If you have any questions concerning this award or the application procedure, please contact