Request for Proposals: Hearst Fellowship Award 2017–2018

Kidney cells (Image courtesy of the McMahon Lab)
(Image courtesy of the McMahon Lab)

The third annual Hearst Fellows award is now open for application. The award of $65,000 that includes one year of salary and benefits will be made to an exceptional junior postdoctoral researcher within the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC. This investment and prestigious recognition for a total of three talented junior postdoctoral fellows, chosen successively over the course of three years, is designed to ensure that they have the resources to start their first postdoctoral fellowships within their initial two years at USC, as well as to acquire the preliminary data that will make them more competitive for nationwide postdoctoral fellowship programs.

We are accepting applications from resident postdoctoral fellows, or from those planning to initiate research prior to the initiation of the funding date below, to engage in stem cell-related research in the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC. Fellows are only eligible if this is their first postdoctoral fellowship and their USC start date was less than two years before the anticipated funding date below.

A complete application that includes a CV of the prospective postdoctoral fellow and a two-page proposal of the project is due by July 17, 2017 at 5 p.m. (PST). Applications will be reviewed by an internal committee, and the successful one will be announced by August 15, 2017. The 12-month funding period begins on September 1, 2017.

At the conclusion of the award period, fellows will provide a written report to the Hearst Foundations about the research, its significance and its impact, as well as how the project has led to or will lead to continued support.

Application Materials

To be submitted as a single, merged PDF document to Qing Liu, PhD, at

  • Applicant information (cover page):
    • Name
    • Contact information (phone, email)
    • Undergraduate and doctoral degree, month/year of conferral
    • Principal investigator (PI)/lab
    • Month and year you joined the PI’s lab
    • Research title, area of study
  • Applicant cover letter
    • Description of previous research and teaching experience
    • Statement on the transformative impact s/he had on the field of research
    • Commitment to the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine
  • Bio sketch in NIH format
  • Bibliography of all published works
  • Research proposal (not to exceed two single-spaced pages with one inch margins using 12-point font)
    • Executive lay summary
    • Brief background and significance of the proposed research
    • Specific research aims/objectives
    • Methodology/approach
    • Relevance of applicant’s background to the proposed research
  • Reference letters from sponsoring principal investigator and one other faculty member testifying to the candidate’s qualifications for the proposed research project and the candidate’s potential for successful independent research


Qing Liu, PhD
Program Director
Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC