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Training Grants

The CF Foundation offers competitive awards to individuals interested in careers related to cystic fibrosis research and care. For those training awards that include a research project, studies may be carried out at the subcellular, cellular, animal, or patient levels. Awards offered include Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Clinical Fellowships

In addition, the CF Foundation grants Student Traineeships to graduate students working with a faculty sponsor on a CF-related research project. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.

Other training opportunities include physician-scientist training awards, specifically the LeRoy Matthews Physician/Scientist Award and the Harry Shwachman Clinical Investigator Award.

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Application Submissions

Applications must be submitted electronically at Proposal Central by 5:00 pm (EDT) on the deadlines noted below.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Application Deadline: First Wednesday of September

These awards are offered to M.D.s, Ph.D.s, and M.D./Ph.D.s interested in conducting basic or clinical research related to cystic fibrosis. Awards are offered through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s network of research centers, or through individual applications submitted to the Foundation.

Stipends are $42,000 (first year), $43,680 (second year). Research expenses of $4,250 per year are available, as well.  (Indirect costs not allowed.) U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required. 

Please review the Policies and Guidelines for complete submission information.

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Clinical Fellowships

Application Deadline for 1st & 2nd Yr Fellowships:  To be announced in Spring 2016
Application Deadline for 3rd & 4th: First Wednesday of September
Application Deadline for 5th Yr Fellowships: First Wednesday of September

The intent of this award is to encourage specialized training early in a physician’s career and to prepare candidates for careers in academic medicine. Training must take place in a CF Foundation-accredited care center and must encompass diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, comprehensive care and CF-related research. Applicants must be eligible for Board certification in pediatrics or internal medicine by the time the fellowship begins.

Awards are $47,600 (first year) and $49,250 (second year) for stipend.  Also, fellowships are available for additional basic and/or clinical research training in the third, fourth, and fifth years to qualified applicants. Recipients are expected to be subspecialty Board eligible at the completion of the program. 

Applicants and sponsors must submit a proposal of the research studies to be undertaken and other specialized training that will be offered during this third year. Up to $100,000 may be awarded: $80,000 for stipend and $20,000 for research costs (indirect costs not allowed).

Recipients who do not enter a career of academic medicine will be subject to payback provisions. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required. 

Please review the appropriate Policies and Guidelines for complete submission information: 1st Year, 2nd Year, 3rd year, 4th year, or 5th year.

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Student Traineeships

Application Deadline: On-going Basis

Student traineeships are offered to introduce students to research related to cystic fibrosis. Applicants must be students in or about to enter a doctoral program (M.D., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D.) Senior-level undergraduates planning to pursue graduate training may also apply.  Each applicant must work with a faculty sponsor on a research project related to CF. The stipend is $1,500 and is paid directly to the sponsoring institution. 

Please review the guidelines for complete submission information. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis and should be submitted via e-mail to

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Summer Scholarships in Epidemiology

Application Deadline: April 1

Awards are available to increase skills in epidemiology for M.D.s currently working in cystic fibrosis. Scholarships cover tuition and expenses up to $2,000 for selected summer epidemiology programs. Course work should include biostatistics and epidemiology, particularly clinical epidemiology and/or clinical trials.

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For More Information

Individuals interested in any of the above-mentioned funding programs may contact the Grants and Contracts Office for further information and/or to discuss the potential relevance of their studies or research to the mission of the CF Foundation and to the objectives of these programs.  Please direct inquiries to:

Grants and Contracts Office
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
6931 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD  20814
(800) FIGHT CF
(301) 841-2637

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Updated: 6/22/2015

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