Carle Foundation Hospital -
Beckman Institute Fellow Program

Initiated in the Spring of 2008 with funding from the Carle Foundation Hospital, this fellows program provides an opportunity for a scientist to spend several years conducting independent, interdisciplinary research in oncology or neuroscience before launching her/his formal academic career.

The Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellow Program is intended for a recent Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. interested in conducting research in oncology or neuroscience at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. The successful candidate will be selected for a term of up to three years. The Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellow is selected on the basis of his/her professional promise, capacity for independent work, interdisciplinary interests, and outstanding achievement to date.

" As part of my postdoctoral research, I worked on advancing mid-infrared technologies towards improving disease diagnosis and prognosis. The Carle-Beckman fellowship allowed me to also gain experience setting up a new research laboratory in the Biomedical Research Center at Carle Foundation Hospital, which served as invaluable experience for setting up my own research lab recently. " –Michael Walsh, 2008 recipient, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Illinois at Chicago

The recipient of the Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellow award is expected to have a recent Ph.D. (received no earlier than December 2008) or an M.D./Ph.D. (with the second of the two degrees received no earlier than December 2008) in an area of research relevant to the Beckman Institute's research in oncology or neuroscience. The Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellow is expected to interact with Beckman Institute faculty members who are in his/her area of research. Collaborative publication is encouraged. Furthermore, a clinical mentor, or mentors, will be identified by the Carle Foundation Hospital to facilitate the clinical/translational aspects of the fellow’s research. The Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellow is also expected to be capable of doing independent research.

During the term of appointment, there are no teaching or administrative duties required, other than a brief written annual report to the director of the Beckman Institute. The fellow is assigned an office in the Beckman Institute, and is provided with clerical and other staff support, computing resources, and access to facilities necessary to her/his research program. Space also will be provided at Carle to enhance the research and clinical interactions. Because the fellow has no specific administrative or teaching responsibilities during her/his tenure, she/he is able to take maximum advantage of the opportunity to launch a strong research career.

"As part of my postdoctoral research, I worked closely with clinicians in Carle's Neuroscience Institute to develop a registry for patients with traumatic brain injury. The registry has faciliated research in this area and allowed us to design and implement studies with the expertise of clinicians and researchers, combing advanced neuroimaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance elastography, with novel neuropsychological measures developed at Beckman. This will further our understanding of traumatic brain injury and hopefully advance diagnostic and treatment protocols. The fellowship has been an incredible opportunity to do clinically relevant research with a fantastic interdiscplinary team!" -Rachael Rubin, 2014 recipient

The recipients of the Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellow award are expected to have a recent Ph.D. (received no earlier than December 2012) or an M.D./Ph.D. (with the second of the two degrees received no earlier than December 2012) in an area of research relevant to the neuro- and cardiovascular imaging focus of this competition. Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellows are expected to interact with Beckman Institute and Carle faculty members who are in similar areas of research, assisting in bridging the basic science and clinical research areas. Collaborative publication is encouraged. Furthermore, a clinical mentor, or mentors, will be identified by the Carle Foundation Hospital to facilitate the clinical/translational aspects of each fellow’s research. Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellows are also expected to be capable of doing independent research.

During the term of appointment, there are no teaching requirements but there will be opportunities to mentor students through collaboration with other faculty. Fellows are assigned an office in the Beckman Institute, and are provided with clerical and other staff support, computing resources, and access to facilities necessary to the research program. Space also will be provided at Carle to enhance the research and clinical interactions. Because the fellows will be placed at the intersection of the basic science and clinical research between Carle and Beckman Institute during this tenure, is the fellows will be able to take maximum advantage of the opportunity to launch a strong research career.

Funding for the Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellow consists of an initial stipend amounting to $52,000 annually, plus a research budget of up to $20,000 annually (see below).

  • Each three-year fellowship is awarded up to $20,000 annually to cover:
  • Relocation expenses ($2,000 maximum, first year only)
  • Health insurance
  • Research supplies
  • Facility use/service charges
  • Equipment
  • Training
  • Workshops
  • Support for interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Travel between collaborating institutions
  • Travel to scientific/technical meetings