Parker B. Francis Fellowship

The Parker B. Francis Fellowship provides research support to clinical and basic scientists embarking on careers in clinical, laboratory or translational science related to Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at a U.S. or Canadian university or research institution. Parker B. Francis Fellowship grants are awarded to institutions for the purpose of providing stipends, fringe benefits and modest travel expenses in support of qualified post-doctoral fellows or newly appointed assistant professors.

Parker B. Francis, founder of the Puritan-Bennett Company, established a foundation bearing his name in 1951.  Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program, a national postdoctoral study in pulmonary research was inaugurated in 1975.


  • Scientists holding a relevant doctoral degree (e.g., M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D, D.V.M,, Dr. P.H.) who are embarking on a career in clinical, laboratory or translational science related to Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at a U.S. or Canadian university or research institution
  • A citizen or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada or have a permanent residency application on file at the time of application with the U.S. or Canadian Immigration Services
  • A Ph.D. or other non-M.D. scientist no more than seven years beyond completion of their doctoral degree or an M.D. scientist no more than seven years beyond clinical training (i.e., residency, internship, clinical fellowship) at the time of application.   Candidates with greater than seven years since the doctoral degree require approval for continued training from the Scientific Director of the PBF Fellowship Program.
  • Applicants must be approved by their department to apply for the PBF Fellowship.  Institutions may have no more than three Parker B. Francis Fellows in a single department at a given time, a department may submit no more than two applications annually, and a mentor may only sponsor one application annually.
  • Individuals are not eligible for a PBF Fellowship if, at the time of application, they are or have been principal investigator on an NIH  K or R series research award or other nationally competitive research award at a comparable level.
  • PBF Fellows in the second or third year of their Fellowship, who receive an NIH K or R series award or similar grant, may request approval to retain the Fellowship and to reallocate a portion of the Fellowship salary support to supplies or other research costs.
  • PBF Fellows are required to have at least 75 percent of their time available for research

 How to Apply:

For applying the fellowship, the candidates must fill the application form. For more information, the candidates can check the given link:

Supporting Document:

  1. Letters of recommendation on letterhead with signature and must be received by Monday, October 19th. No more than three letters of recommendation will be considered. The letters of recommendation should be submitted by email to [email protected] by the letter writer.
  2. Letters should be addressed to Thomas R. Martin, MD / Scientific Director, PBF Fellowship Program, and the letters should cover:
  • Demonstrated potential for establishing an independent pulmonary research career
  • Evidence of originality
  • Adequacy of scientific background and evidence of superior performance
  • Quality of research publications

Award Amount:

The total budget for individuals starting a PBF Fellowship in 2016 is limited to $50,000 for the first year, $52,000 for the second and $54,000 for the third.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is October 19, 2015.

Link for More Information:

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