RFA: DF/HCC Edward P. Evans Fellowship Opportunity

October 28, 2019

Application Deadline: 
December 20, 2019 at 5pm
Letters and NIH Biosketch should be submitted electronically as one PDF to Deborah Goff, DF/HCC Administration to dfhcc@partners.org

Notification: The selected Edward P. Evans Fellow will be notified by February 2020. May 1, 2020 is the planned start date for the Fellowship.


In July 2019 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute received a $5 million gift from the Edward P. Evans Foundation to create the Edward P. Evans Center for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS). The gift will foster transformative, collaborative research aimed at treating, preventing, and ultimately curing MDS. Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) has deep research and clinical expertise spanning the entire spectrum of the MDS disease process: genetic predisposition to MDS, early pre-malignant clonal states, lower- and higher-risk MDS, post-MDS AML, and stem cell transplant. Benjamin Ebert and David Steensma will lead the Center as Scientific Director and Clinical Research Director, respectively. Joining Drs. Ebert and Steensma on the steering committee for the Edward P. Evans Fellowship and Seminar will be Daniel DeAngelo, Richard Stone, Corey Cutler, Jacqueline Garcia, and Timothy Graubert.

The Center will establish two sequential Fellowships to support the training of promising postdoctoral scientists and/or physician-scientists in MDS research at pivotal moments in their careers. This call for applications is to identify candidates interested in being considered as the first DF/HCC Edward P. Evans Fellow. 

Award Overview

One Edward P. Evans Fellow will be selected. The term of the award is two years (May 2020 – April 2022).

Details of the Fellowship include:

  • The Fellowship will be funded at $200,000 ($100,000 per year), inclusive of 10% to be directed to Dana-Farber’s Faculty Research Fund. No additional indirect costs are allowed.
  • The Fellowship funds may be utilized, at the discretion of the Center Directors, to support the Fellow’s salary, benefits, travel, and other expenses related to the Fellowship.
  • The Fellow will be expected to attend and, if invited to do so, make a presentation at the annual Edward P. Evans Foundation Scientific Meeting during their Fellowship. The presentation will include a description of the Fellows’ work and research being conducted.
  • An annual Edward P. Evans Fellowship narrative report will be required, to include a short biography and career aspirations of the Fellow and a summary of research conducted under the Fellowship.


Applicants must hold or be eligible to hold a fellow or Instructor appointment (research or clinical) at Harvard Medical School or Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

  • Applicants who are current holders of individual fellowships that provide full salary support that continue beyond the application deadline should consider whether their existing award would preclude them from receiving additional funding.
  • There are no citizenship restrictions.
  • Applicant’s home institution can be any DF/HCC institution (Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, or Massachusetts General Hospital).

Edward P. Evans Fellowship applicants can be at any stage of their fellowship training, from beginning their first postdoctoral position to finishing the last years of their training before transitioning to an independent position. Applicants can be engaged in laboratory-based or clinical research related to MDS or have combined efforts in both areas. Regardless of discipline, applicants should be poised to accomplish as many of the following as possible over the next two years:

  • Publish articles in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.
  • Give poster and oral presentations at conferences.
  • Receive research grants from government or non-government sources.
  • Receive awards and similar formal recognition for innovative MDS research.
  • Collaborate with other researchers at DF/HCC and other leading academic medical institutions.
  • Obtain a professional position following fellowship, if applicable.
  • Make contributions to the field that move the needle forward in MDS research.

Application Process

Those meeting the eligibility criteria may apply for consideration by submitting the following:

  • An application letter (no longer than three pages), which provides:
    • Description of the applicant’s current research and the project(s) he or she will undertake as an Edward P. Evans Fellow
    • Explanation of how this fellowship will aid in his or her career development
  • A letter of support for applicant, which could either be from a current or proposed mentor.
  • The applicant’s NIH Biosketch (5-page maximum)
    • Please ensure that the biosketch includes a list of the applicant’s current research support and pending funding applications, with project dates and award amounts. If any of the pending awards would preclude the applicant from accepting another named fellowship as an Edward P. Evans Fellow, please indicate which award you would accept if offered both.


Contact Deborah Goff, DF/HCC Administration, at 617-632-4044 or dfhcc@partners.org

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