Fellowship Program FAQ

Application & Proposal Specific Questions

Does the 7-page limit include figures and references?

Figures are included in the 7-page limit, references are not. Figures should be placed throughout your proposal. Any pages after the 7-page mark (before references) will be deleted from your application.

What size margins and font should I use?

No less than ½ inch and no less than 11pt font, Arial or Times New Roman.

How much information do you need for "current funding sources"?

Please upload details of your current and pending support. Please include sources, project titles, dates of project period, amounts, statuses and major goals of project. Candidates who are committed at 100% effort to existing fellowships that last beyond June 1, 2019 will not be considered.

How should letters of reference be submitted?

You should use the online grants management system to input names and contact information for your references. You will be asked to enter each reference’s email address into the “Request letter of reference – enter reference email” box in the system. Once you have done this, you will be prompted to send him or her an email through the system requesting the letter of reference by clicking the “compose email” button. In addition to the email sent by you, a second auto-generated email will also be sent through the system to your reference with instructions and a link to upload his/her letters of reference.

Do the letters need to be received by the closing date?

Yes, to guarantee reference letters are included in your application, you will need to make sure your references submit their letters through the online system by the RFA closing date and time.

Does the IWISE Report Card need to be received by the closing date?

Yes. If the report card has not be submitted, your application will not be put forward for consideration.

Is there a word or page limit for the “Response to Previous Review Committee Comments”?

Please aim to keep your response to a page, following the same guidelines as the proposal.

I made an error in the portal and can’t change my institution’s information.

Please email fellowship@nyscf.org with your edits.

My project does not use human embryonic stem cells and does not need ESCRO approval, but the field is required.

Please upload a document simply stating that your project does not need ESCRO approval.

Eligibility Questions

If unsuccessful, can I reapply in subsequent years?

Yes. Many candidates have been successful after reapplying.

May I apply from a foreign institution?

No, only fellows working under the guidance of a qualified faculty member at an accredited academic or nonprofit institution in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut are eligible for this award.

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the United States. Am I eligible?

You are eligible only if you are working as a postdoctoral fellow at an accredited academic or nonprofit institution in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No, candidates can be US citizens, US legal residents, or a foreign applicant with appropriate visa documentation, as required by US Immigration, valid for the course of the fellowship.

I am not sure if my project falls within the scope of the NYSCF Fellowship Program. Can someone at NYSCF review my idea?

The New York Stem Cell Foundation cannot provide comments on specific ideas of plans for individual research grant applications. We are looking to cultivate research that will explore the basic biology and therapeutic potential of stem cells derived from humans and model organisms.

NYSCF encourages applications focused on basic, pre-clinical, and/or translational studies in stem cell research including technical development, disease modeling, drug discovery and therapeutics. Candidates studying human embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells and differentiated cells derived from them are particularly encouraged to apply.

NYSCF does not have a preference for a particular disease area, but we do have a preference to support translationally oriented research projects.

When do I need to start my postdoctoral position to be eligible?

You need to be a postdoctoral fellow in a laboratory starting June 1, 2019. If you are applying for this year’s cycle and have not started by the submission deadline of January 9, 2019, your PI/sponsor needs to indicate in his or her letter of reference that you will be starting in his or her laboratory by June 1, 2019.

Program Questions

Will the RFAs be released again next year?

Yes, we plan to release the RFAs again next year. Fellowship RFAs will be announced annually at The NYSCF Conference in October.

What is the funding start date?

The funding start date is June 1, 2019.

How much does the award provide for?

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of $57,500 (plus $2,500 for computer and travel expenses). Fellowships will be awarded for up to 2 years with the possibility of a 3rd year of funding pending satisfactory progress.

Does the award provide institutional overhead?

No, the award does not provide institutional overhead.

For an FAQ about the Institutional Report Card for Gender Equality, please consult this page.

If you have further questions please contact Richard Ha at fellowship@nyscf.org.