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Department of Medicine Early Career Scholars Program

The Department of Medicine (DOM) at the University of Colorado is pleased to continue a program to accelerate the career development of exceptionally creative and promising faculty early in their career.  This Program is designed to invest in the career development of each Scholar, and is not limited to a specific research project or scholarly activity.  

Early Career Scholars will be expected to commit 75% of their effort to scholarly activities.  The Early Career Scholars Program will provide each Scholar with $75,000 annually for up to 5 years.  These funds will only be used to support the career development, research, or innovative work of the Scholar.  These funds cannot be used to support or supplement the Scholar’s salary.  We anticipate funding up to 5 Scholars over the next several years.  Progress will be evaluated every 2 years. 


  • Applicants must be at the rank of Assistant Professor for 4 or fewer years at the time of submission (years at the Instructor level do not count against this limitation).
  • Applicants must hold the MD, DO, PhD, or DVM-equivalent degree
  • Applicants must have a primary appointment in the University of Colorado DOM and must be working at either UCD, VA, Denver Health, or National Jewish Health
  • Applicants must be engaged in highly creative, hypothesis-driven investigation or highly innovative clinical or educational program development
  • The Division Head must pledge to protect 75% of the effort/time and $25,000/year to the applicant for the duration of their appointment as a Scholar in the Program
  • Individuals from traditionally under-represented communities are strongly encouraged to apply

  • A title page and a 200-word abstract
  • No more than three (3) pages of narrative text addressing the following:
       - Vision for career development with reference to relevant accomplishments
       - Limitations to career development
       - Plans to promote career development
       - Anticipated impact of research or program
       - Anticipated impact of research or program on the DOM and SOM
  • A full, updated CV
  • Up to three letters of recommendation (at least 1 from outside the CU system)
  • A nomination letter from the candidate’s Division Head

Anticipated Outcome:
  • Objective accomplishments could include high impact papers, R01 or R01-equivalent grant support, HHMI Investigatorship, election to ASCI
  • Initiation of novel areas of research or innovation
  • Demonstrable development of career vision including relevant accomplishments
  • Demonstrable evidence that this investment enriched the DOM

Applications will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee composed of non-conflicted DOM and SOM faculty.  Complete applications are due December 1, 2013 and a decision will be announced by February 15, 2014. 

Please send application materials (single combined pdf) to:
Denel Wehrmaker
Department of Medicine, 12631 East 17th Avenue, Mailstop B178, Aurora, CO  80045