Research Fellowship Awards

Here are guidelines for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s Research Fellowship Awards:

Objective: Research Fellowship Awards are intended to support individuals in the post-doctoral phase of their career, to develop skills related to basic research investigation in the field of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

  • Award: up to $58,250 per year
  • Duration of Award: One to three years
  • Total maximum award per year: $58,250 (subject to annual progress report approval).

Applicant Eligibility: Individuals who are already well established in the field of IBD research are not considered eligible for this award. Applicants should identify a senior investigator to serve as a mentor throughout the term of the award. At the time of application, applicants must be employed by an institution (public non-profit, private non-profit, or government) engaged in health care and/or health related research within the United States. Research is not restricted by citizenship; however, proof of legal work status is required. Applicants must hold an MD and/or PhD (or equivalent degree). Candidates holding MD degrees must have two years of experience after receiving their terminal degree —one year of which must be documented research experience relevant to IBD. Applicants holding PhDs must have at least one year of documented post-doctoral research relevant to IBD.  MD applicants in excess of seven years and PhD applicants in excess of five years of receiving their terminal degree should explain how additional support in the post-doctoral phase would benefit their development beyond their current training.

Proposal Eligibility: Proposals MUST be relevant to IBD (Crohn's Disease or ulcerative colitis) and must include a training and a mentoring plan. Only one application is allowed per applicant per submission date. Simultaneous submission of a Senior Research Award and a Research Training Award is not permitted.

Time Commitment: Awardees must devote a minimum of 80% of his/her professional time directly to the project.

Stipend & Institutional Allowance: Award salary will match applicant’s institutional salary (salaries may be supplemented by the applicant’s institutions), depending on postgraduate year (PGY) level, up to $45,000 per year. Fringe benefits are allowed according to institutional policies, not to exceed 25% of the salary award (up to $11,250 per year). The Foundation will also provide up to $2,000 to be used for non-salary/fringe expenses directly related to the project—including travel to scientific meetings and/or professional membership dues. These funds may not be used to supplement the awardees’ salary/fringe benefits.

The Foundation uses the Proposal Central system for all grants submissions. Just select the Foundation program to which you are applying. All instructions and policies are available at this site. For matters related to pre- and post-award management for the Research Fellowship Awards please contact Orlando Green at [email protected]. For all other questions: [email protected]

Application Deadlines: Before submitting a Letter of Intent or a Full Proposal, please view the Research Fellowship Award instructions and policies.


  Spring/Summer Fall/Winter
Letter of Intent

November 16, 2020 

11:59pm EST

May 5th, 2021

11:59pm EST

Online Application Submission

January 28th, 2021

11:59pm EST

July 20th, 2021

11:59pm EST

Applications Review April – May October - November
Decisions Announced June January