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

Support for trainees is available in many programs through NIH funded training grants (T32), individual fellowship awards (F32) and mentor grants. However, during the latter years of fellowship, these funding opportunities are often less available due to eligibility (e.g. 3-year maximum NIH support for trainee level awards) and rising salaries which are harder to individually support on mentor grants. 

A gap phase is often present between the T/F and K level funding. A second funding gap for junior faculty sometimes occurs during the K to R funding transition. To address these gaps and promote the training and career development of trainees, the Department of Medicine has created the DOM Diversity Academic Development Scholar Award

This award is to assist highly qualified and meritorious DOM-based divisional trainees at the rank of Senior Fellow/Acting Instructor and/or Acting Assistant Professor in their transition to the roles of clinician-scholar, physician-scientist, research-scientist, and principal investigator (PI) as newly appointed Assistant Professors. 

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

Award amount

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

Past recipients


  • 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