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Caring For Dependent(s) (CFD) Travel Awards

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

Is caring for a dependent making it harder to
travel and advance in your career?

Recognizing that one of the obstacles to career advancement is the challenge of traveling while caring for dependent(s), the Center for Faculty Development established the Caring For Dependent(s) (CFD) Awards to help you travel. This $500 award* is intended to help defray additional care costs, (e.g., extended day care, extended elder care, caregiver travel) while the faculty member is traveling to an academic/society meeting which is directly related to his/her academic advancement.

*Amount is for incurred expenses up to a maximum of $500. Six awards will be available for this call. A lifetime maximum of two CFD Travel Awards ($1000 upper limit) per faculty member will be allowed.

Click below for details on:
- Application Guidelines
- Eligibility
- Awards Expenditure
- Information requested on application
- List of award recipients

Application Guidelines

  • The CFD Travel Awards provide funding to help make travel to an academic/society meeting directly related to his/her academic advancement possible.
  • The applicant must have plans to attend a professional meeting within the timeframe stated in the official Call for Applications
  • Faculty must apply in advance of the trip that requires support and may not receive support for an event that has already occurred.
  • To ensure full consideration for the award, the online application must be completed in its entirety, including submitting a copy of your CV.
    Please note: only completed applications will be considered.
  • Only one application per year will be accepted for each faculty member.
  • These awards are specifically allocated to the conference stated on your application, and may not be transferred to another academic/society meeting if you opt not to travel to the specified conference.

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  • M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent advanced degree
  • Academic appointment at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level at Harvard Medical School
  • Primary appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Responsible for care of dependent(s)
  • Trip must be an academic/society professional meeting for the purpose of advancing the faculty memberís career (e.g., presenting at an academic/society meeting [abstract/paper/poster] or receiving a society award/honor)

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Awards Expenditures

  • Awards may be used for the following:
         - Travel expenses for dependent(s)
         - Travel expenses for dependent(s)'s caregiver during trip
            with the sole purpose of caring for the dependent(s)
         - Expenses for extra dependent care at home during the trip
         - Expenses for dependent care at meeting site
  • Awards may not be used for the following:
         - Conference registration
         - Personal travel expenses for faculty member
         - Other expenses not associated to the additional
            care or travel of the dependent(s)
  • Support is considered taxable income under Federal Tax Law
  • Awardees must provide original receipts and/or invoices in order to receive payment under Partners policies, and must attest that these expenses were used for dependent travel or additional care.
  • Amount of payment will not exceed $500 of incurred expenses.
  • Forms and documentation of expenses must be submitted within 30 days of the travel return date.

Information requested on the application

  • Demographics
  • Conference Information
  • Specifics on how attending this conference will advance your career and
    academic rank
  • Dependent care arrangement description
  • Budget outlining how this award will be used (e.g., extended day care, extended elder care, caregiver travel).

Applications for the October 2016 - March 2017 Round are closed.
For further information regarding the application process, please email

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List of Award Recipients

2016 Round 1- Travel between April and August 2016
Jessica Haberer, MD, MS
Raymond Liu, MD
Jessica McCannon, MD
Anne Neilan, MD, MPH
Christina Psaros, PhD
Jason Wasfy, MD

2015 Round 2- Travel between October 2015 and March 2016
Vicki Fung, PhD
Yumiko Ishizawa, MD, PhD
Kate Jeffrey, PhD
Phil Lee, PhD
Lael Yonker, MD
Amy Yule, MD

2015 Round 1 - Travel between January and August 2015
Annah Abrams, MD
Martin Aryee, PhD
Sharon Dekel, PhD
Vera Fridman, MD
Anjali Kaimal, MD, MAS
Janet Lo, MD
Shannon Stott, PhD

2014 Round 2 - Travel between July and December 2014
Marta Bianciardi, PhD
Hanna Gaggin, MD, MPH
Sara Looby, PhD
Lynn Matthews, MD
Brian Nahed, MD
Shamim Nejad, MD
John Pezaris, PhD
Angela Schmider, PhD
Jan Schuemann, PhD
Heidi Yeh, MD

2014 Round 1 - Travel between January and June 2014
Ami Bhatt, MD
Allison Bryant Mantha, MD
Eva Chittenden, MD
Cristina Cusin, MD
Rakesh Karmacharya, MD, PhD
Elizabeth Lawson, MD
Ruth Lim, MD
MingMing Ning, MD
Lee Park, MD
Eve Valera, PhD

2013 Round 2 - Travel between July and December 2013
Beth Costine, PhD
Doreen DeFaria Yeh, MD
Yumiko Ishizawa, MD, PhD
Amy Juliano, MD
Xueyi Li, MD, PhD
Nina Lin, MD
Rosalyn Nguyen, MD
Sadeq Quraishi, MD
Jennifer Wargo, MD
Jennifer Wo, MD

2013 Round 1 - Travel between February and July 2013
Patricia Bachiller, MD
Pouneh Fazeli, MD
Phoebe Freer, MD
Deborah Kwolek, MD
Sara Lazar, PhD
Nicte Mejia, MD, MPH
Jenny Tam, PhD
Eve Valera, PhD
Robert Yeh, MD
Elaine Yu, MD


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