President’s Scholars Awards

Deadline: April 1, 2024 11:00 pm

Amount: $300,000

IDC Rate: 20%



The Office of the President of Brigham & Women’s Hospital has made funds available in FY2024 to support the careers of Assistant or Associate Professors at the hospital who have made outstanding contributions to their chosen field of research and who have exceptional potential. Through an annual competitive process, up to three investigators will be selected to receive President’s Scholar Awards in the amount of $100,000 per year for three years. Awards will be determined based on a holistic review of the candidate’s demonstrated scholarly and/or entrepreneurial accomplishments. BWH strongly encourages nominations of women and underrepresented minorities in life sciences research.

Learn more and see previous winners here.


  • This Request For Nominations (RFN) is open to all BWH departments.
  • Each BWH department chair may nominate up to three candidates in FY2024. Self-nomination not permitted.
  • BWH President, in consult with BRI leadership, will evaluate nominees and select awardees.


RFN Stage Timeline
Jan 19th, 2024 RFN issued
Apr 1st, 2024 Nominations from Department Chairs due
June 3rd, 2024 Awardees notified
Jul 1st, 2024 Award start date


  • All members of the BWH research community with a rank of Assistant or Associate Professor are invited to speak to their chair about nominations.
  • Applicants must hold a full-time appointment at BWH.
  • Nominees must hold an R01 or R01 equivalent. The R00 years of a K99 award count as an R01 equivalent
  • Nominees working on any type of research/scientific theme will be considered.
  • Nominees need not be US citizens or permanent residents.

Review Criteria

Applications will be evaluated on the following:

  • Strength of nomination package.
  • Applicant’s accomplishments in terms of publications, intellectual property generated etc.
  • Applicant’s contributions to science.
  • Applicant’s potential to remain/progress in the tenure track system at BWH.


  • Recipients will be obligated to participate in an annual event, at which supporters of the Award may be present, at the President’s invitation.
  • Recipients will provide an annual written report to the BRI and an annual oral update to BWH leadership.
  • Awardees will acknowledge the BWH President’s Scholar Award in papers, talks, posters, journal/media articles and grants.

Submission Requirements

Departmental nominations (maximum of three per department) are due April 1st, 2023 at 11:00 pm EST and must be submitted via Insight. Please contact your department administrator for help with Insight.

  • Through Insight, please select, at creation, the Internal Award option under Research Management.
  • On the Sponsor Details page, select “Brigham Research Institute (BRI)”.
  • Choose “President’s Scholar Awards” from the drop-down menu.
  • Attach the following required documents:
    • Nominee’s NIH biosketch
    • Statement from department chair on why nominee is exemplary and deserving of the President’s Scholar Award. If this award is critical to retention, chair may mention in the letter – limit to one-page PDF.


Please note that this is an internal grant and is NOT subjected to the Research Management deadline for external grants.