Diversity Academic Scholarship Award

This award assists highly qualified and meritorious trainees in their transition to the roles of clinician-scholar, physician-scientist, research-scientist, and principal investigator as newly appointed assistant professors.

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A challenging career stage transition for trainees is advancing from post-doctoral and clinical fellowship to faculty positions.   

To promote the training and career development of trainees, the Department of Medicine has created the DOM Diversity Academic Development Scholar Award

These awards are intended to demonstrate significant departmental and institutional commitment to awardees at NIH study sections and other funding organizations.

This award provides partial or full salary support for 1-2 years at $50,000 per year.


  • Career stage: Primarily later stages of fellowship (Senior Fellow) or early stages of a junior faculty position (Acting Instructor or Acting Assistant Professor)
  • Research/academic excellence and potential for a career as independent PI (clinician scholar, physician- or research-scientist)
  • Targeted to training stage with funding gaps from T/F to K transition


  1. Nomination letter from Division Head addressing (2 pages, 11-point font):
    • Accomplishments and credentials of the nominee to date;
    • Potential for the nominated individual to develop a successful research career as a PI;
    • Description of funding gap; and
    • Divisional commitment to and support for the nominee
  2. Personal statement from nominee (2 pages, 11-point font):
    • Research accomplishments to date; future research plans; short- and long-term career goals;
    • Plans for applying for grants
  3. Nominee CV (UW format)

Nominations for DADSA should be made by the respective Division Head. The nomination packet should consist of a single pdf submitted to W. Conrad Liles and copied to Craig Johnson and Dave Horne


  • Call for applications: January/February
  • Nomination deadline: March
  • Awards announced: May

Additional requirements

Awardees will also be required to:

  • Develop a mentorship committee that includes a designee from the Diversity Council
  • Submit annual progress report to the DOM Diversity Council

Past recipients


  • Tara Reid, Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Massiel Stolla, Hematology
  • Ana Valencia, Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition


  • Busola Oluwole, Hematology


  • Crystal Brown, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
  • Chase Cannon, Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Erik Kimble, Hematology
  • Helen Stankiewicz Karita, Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Kennedy Ukadike, Rheumatology