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Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards

Sponsored and administered by the Executive Committee on Research of the Massachusetts General Hospital
Promoted and celebrated by the Office for Women's Careers

Although women scientists are recruited to Massachusetts General Hospital programs, their advancement to senior faculty positions is still far less frequent than that of their male counterparts.

In 1993, the Women in Academic Medicine Committee, originally chaired by Mrs. Jane D. Claflin, Honorary Trustee, was established to facilitate the academic careers of women in science at MGH. Recognizing that a significant obstacle to career advancement is the difficulty of maintaining research productivity during the child-rearing years, this Committee, with the sponsorship of the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR), established the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards.

The purpose of the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award is to provide bridge funding for junior faculty to sustain research productivity during the child-rearing years. ECOR has assumed the responsibility for administering these awards. It is intended that this transitional funding will increase opportunities for women to advance to senior positions in academic medicine.

Application Guidelines

  • The MGH ECOR Claflin Awards provide bridge funding for junior faculty women to sustain research productivity during their child-rearing years.
  • Both basic and clinical research investigators are eligible to apply.
  • Current recipients of the HMS 50th Anniversary Scholar Award are not eligible to apply for this award.
  • Applications will be evaluated and ranked for funding priority by the Subcommittee on Review of Research Proposals (SRRP), whose recommendations will be submitted to ECOR for final approval.
  • Applications that exceed the three-page research plan (excluding references) will not be ranked.


  • M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent advanced degree; candidate must be within 7 years of first full-time faculty appointment at the time the award is initiated, cumulative of all institutions, inside or outside the United States
  • Academic appointment at the level of instructor or assistant professor at Harvard Medical School
  • Primary appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Conducting their research at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Evidence of salary support from a grant or other funding source
  • Submission of a project description on which the applicant is clearly the principal investigator, whose academic progress would benefit from such funding support
  • Evidence of strong research training, productivity, and a well-defined focus in either basic or clinical research
  • Responsible for care of children

Awards Expenditure and Start Date

Awards are effective July 1 and will be for two years. The awards are $50,000 in direct costs, plus 15% indirect costs per year. Funds may be used for support of a technician, postdoctoral fellow or graduate student and supplies. Funds cannot be used for support of the investigator's salary, except with the specific approval of ECOR. All applicants will be notified of the results of the review process by e-mail. If applicable, approved Human or Animal Use protocols must be current prior to award of funds.

2011 Call for Applications

The Application deadline is 3 pm, March 16, 2011.
Click here for official Call for Applications
Applications must be e-mailed as a single pdf file with your name in the file title to
For further information regarding the application process, please e-mail

Questions about the Claflin Awards?

New! The Claflin Consultation Initiative

If you are applying for a Claflin award, or have questions about the process, the MGH Office for Women's Careers (OWC) encourages you to take advantage of the NEW pre-award Claflin Consultation Initiative (CCI) for potential applicants.

The OWC Claflin Consultation Initiative was developed to help applicants prepare the best proposals. Many prior Claflin winners have volunteered their time to answer questions and offer guidance and encouragement to potential applicants. Simply contact the OWC with your questions, and our staff will connect you with a Claflin alumna who is best suited to help with your specific needs.

To request a consultation, email

Frequently Asked Questions

I have been on the faculty for eight years now, and believe this award would be very helpful now that I have had my first child. Can I apply?
You must be within seven years of your first appointment to be eligible to apply, e.g. appointed at MGH since 2004.

I am pregnant with my first child. Am I eligible to apply for the Claflin?
You must be raising children at the time you submit the application.

My laboratory is not located on the campus of MGH. Am I eligible to apply for the Claflin Award?
The laboratory must be located on the MGH campus, which includes Simches and CNY.

Do I have to have children to be eligible for the Award?
You must be raising children at the time of your application, as the awards were established to facilitate the academic careers of women in science at MGH, as a response to recognizing that a significant obstacle to career advancement is the difficulty of maintaining research productivity during the child-rearing years.

I split my time between MGH and BWH, am I eligible?
If your primary appointment is with MGH, you are eligible to apply for this award.

I am currently a postdoc, but anticipate that I will be an Instructor next Summer. Can I apply?
No, you must be an Instructor or Assistant Professor at the time of your application.

Published articles

Targeted Intervention for the Career Development of Women in Academic Medicine (Brief Report on the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards at MGH)

   »EDITORIAL COMMENT: Promoting the Career Development of Women in      Academic Medicine

List of Award Winners

Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH
Anna Greka, MD, PhD
Shuzhen Guo, PhD
Noopur Raje, MD
Richa Saxena, PhD
Simona Temereanca Ibanescu, PhD

Ingrid V. Bassett, MD, MPH
Shannon Bromley, PhD
Giulia Fulci, PhD
Hua A. Jenny Lu, MD, PhD
Amy Walker, PhD
Joy Y. Wu, MD, PhD

Jodie Babitt, MD
Miriam A. Bredella, MD
Caroline E. Burns, PhD
Stephanie R. Jones, PhD
Xin Li, PhD
Jing-Ruey Joanna Yeh, PhD

Aude Henin, PhD
Regina LaRocque, MD, MPH
Antonia Stephen, MD
Lynda Stuart, PhD
Vanessa Wheeler, PhD
Xu Yu, MD, MSc

Emmanuelle diTomaso, PhD
Maria A. Franceschini, PhD
Elizabeth Lamont, MD
Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH
Kathryn J. Moore, PhD
Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie, MD, PhD

Paola Arlotta, PhD
Hadine Joffe, MD, MSc
Camille Nelson Kotton, MD
Pamela J. McLean, PhD
Lei Xu, MD, PhD

Irene Georgakoudi, PhD
Nelly Pitteloud, MD
Laurence G. Rahme, PhD
Cathryn A. Sundback, ScD
Anne N. Thorndike, MD, MPH
Adele C. Viguera, MD, MPH

Marylyn M. Addo, MD, PhD, MSc
Paola Divieti Pajevic, MD, PhD
Alice Flaherty, PhD
Herminia Diana Rosas, MD
Sanja Sever, PhD
Naomi M. Simon, MD, MSc

Marie Classon, PhD
Judy W. Hung, MD
Robyn S. Klein, MD, PhD
Gina R. Kuperberg, MD, PhD
Andrea Reid, MD
Rochelle Paula Walensky, MD, MPH
Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Marina Feschenko, MD
P. Ellen Grant, MD
Shyamala Maheswaran, PhD
Corrine K. Welt, MD

Linda R. Duska, MD (one-time Faculty Development Award)
Christene A. Huang, PhD
Mary McNaughton-Collins, MD, MPH
Wilma M. Wasco, PhD (one-time Faculty Development Award)
Janet R. Wozniak, MD

Nadia Carlesso, MD, PhD
Karen K. Miller, MD

Joan R. Butterton, MD
Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD

Sylvie Breton, PhD
Elizabeth Hohmann, MD
Tongwen Wang, PhD


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