2019 Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center Russell Berrie Foundation Fellowship in Diabetes Research

October 28, 2018

2019 Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center Russell Berrie Foundation Fellowship in Diabetes Research



This program, now in its 21st year, is designed to support the mentored diabetes-related research activity of outstanding postdoctoral fellows for a period of up to two years.  Research projects can be laboratory-based or clinical, and can relate to causes, consequences or treatments of diabetes and allied disorders such as obesity. 


The program will award two postdoctoral scientists for up to $75,000 per year, for a maximum of two years (for a total of $150,000).  Start dates in January 2019. A second year of funding is contingent upon progress made in the first year and other programmatic considerations.


All postdoctoral scientists at Columbia University are eligible to apply. Applicants with a committed career path in diabetes and obesity research, as demonstrated by prior achievements, completed training, or special skills in novel and underrepresented research themes, will be given preference. “High risk” studies, designed to test or extend novel concepts, are encouraged.  


Applications should include the following materials:

1) Cover Page, which includes the following information:

Name and Degrees
Current Position
Date of Birth      
Education (institutions and degrees)
Mentor's Name   
Mentor's Title, Department and Institution
Title of Proposed Project

2) Description of Project (1,000-word maximum not including citations)

3) Mentor's Statement of Support (500-word maximum)

4) Statement on commitment to diabetes research (500-word maximum)

5) NIH-style biosketches of nominee and mentor.

6) Budget justification - funds can be used for salaries, supplies (including animals) but not for travel or equipment.


Please collate all the above documents as a single PDF, and e-mail the completed application to Dr. Utpal Pajvani (up2104@cumc.columbia.edu) by October 26, 2018.  

For questions, please e-mail Dr. Pajvani directly.

Utpal Pajvani, MD, PhD
Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
Columbia University


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