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Sallie Rosen Kaplan (SRK) Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists

The workshop is actually exceeding my expectations, and I am already applying the skills we are learning into my everyday life.

—Current SRK Fellow

The estate of Sallie Rosen Kaplan established the SRK Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists in Cancer Research in 2000.

Mrs. Kaplan was deeply committed to education. A graduate of a Weehawken, New Jersey high school, she was accepted at the University of Michigan, but was unable to enroll and attend because of family responsibilities. Although she was never able to pursue her own dreams of higher education, she was committed to the education of her family members and especially of women. With this passion, Mrs. Kaplan helped support biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The SRK Fellowship is a highly competitive, unpaid, annual, one-year program that provides additional mentoring opportunities, networking, seminars, and workshops to help prepare NCI’s female postdoctoral fellows for the competitive nature of the job market and help them to transition to independent research careers.

The program addresses the fact that, based on recent observational, longitudinal, and intervention studies, women in science are significantly more likely to leave the science field earlier than men, specifically at the transition from a mentored scientist to an independent investigator.  

The program is for current female NCI postdoctoral fellows training at NCI's intramural research settings located in Bethesda, Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Frederick, MD.

I am definitely using this knowledge/skills in the workplace, and it has already upped my game. I have new collaborations and ideas, and a much better sense of direction.

—Current SRK Fellow

The highlight of this selective program is a 30-week course entitled “Career Building for Women in Science,”  which includes two day-long workshops.  Following each day-long session, you will have an opportunity to network with the facilitator in a 2-hour, bi-weekly meeting (for 13 weeks). The SRK Fellowship also includes mentoring opportunities with successful women scientists from government, industry, and academia as well as seminars on relevant topics such as networking, managing people, time management, and how to promote yourself. This rewarding program involves an extensive time commitment not only during the course/activity time but also throughout the year-long fellowship.

How to Apply

Candidates for the SRK Fellowship must meet the following basic requirements:

  • You must be female
  • You must be a current NCI postdoctoral fellow with at least 12 months remaining on your fellowship appointment at the time of accepting the fellowship
  • You must fully complete your application - incomplete applications will not be considered

Selection is a two-stage process:

  1. Once applications are received, they are pre-screened for completeness and then reviewed by a committee composed of NCI intramural scientists.  
  2. Winners are notified within two weeks of selection to begin the program.
Start/End DatesNovember 17, 2014 to September 18, 2015
Announcement PostedSeptember 26, 2014
Applications Due DateOctober 17, 2014
Applications ReviewOctober 31, 2014
Decision NotificationNovember 10, 2014
The Review Committee will consider your application incomplete if any of the below information is missing. Answer the questions to the best of your ability. Pay particular attention to the personal statement which should indicate how you would benefit from this program. The letters of support from your PI and lab/branch chief are a very important component of this application due to the large time commitment required to maximize your benefit from the program. Concurrence from your mentor for the time commitment should be clearly stated in the letter.
Your Information• Name
• Degree
• Degree Granting Institution
• Division
• Start date at NCI
• Lab/Branch/Office
• Campus address
• Campus phone
• Email
• Name of mentor
Personal StatementProvide insights into your career goals and expectations (1,000 words max). At the end of your Personal Statement, please rate your abilities on a scale of 1-5 (lowest-highest) on the following five items: time management, leadership skills, interpersonal relationships, communication, potential for growth.
Professional History & ResumeInclude other indications of initiative in addition to professional accomplishments.
Recommendation Letters from the PI and Lab/Branch ChiefBoth letters must include a statement of support for the activity and its benefit to you and the laboratory.
Work EnvironmentDescribe your work environment. For example, does it provide adequate resources, mentorship, other areas of support, etc.?  How are you “stuck”?  What limitations do you face?
Special Circumstances (Cultural or Educational Barriers)Although this is not a requirement, the Review Committee will give consideration to those with special circumstances.

Please go to http://irp-positions.nih.gov/apply/index.cgi?pid=c6659794f4821997 to begin the application process.

Current 2014 SRK Fellows 

SRK fellows 2014

Front Row: Catherine Volle, Joy Gary, Monica Markovski  

Back Row: Rena Jones, Anna Coghill, Ashley Felix, Kristin Guertin, Kristin Litzelman, Carrie House, Fatima Ali-Rahmani

Contact Information

Center for Cancer Training (CCT)
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 2W-106
Rockville, MD 20850
Email: kaplanfellowship@mail.nih.gov