Young Investigators' Day Program Awards 2021

Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 30, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

The Young Investigators' Day Program was established in 1978 to recognize research undertaken by trainees in the School of Medicine and to provide them with a forum for presentation of their work.

An applicant must apply in either the graduate/medical student or postdoctoral category. The applicant need not apply for a specific award. The faculty selection committee will consider all applications for all eligible prizes and will make awards in the best interest of each applicant.

Selected Prize winners will each present a lecture or a poster on their research at Young Investigators’ Day ceremony and reception. All winners must be present at Young Investigators’ Day to receive an award. All research prizes carry a $1,000 honorarium.

Eligibility Requirements:

The awards are intended to recognize research undertaken by applicants while registered as students, postdoctoral fellows or medical scientists in training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Applicants should apply in one of the two following categories:

Graduate/Medical Students:

Students must be registered in a training/graduate program in The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to be eligible to apply. Applicants who graduated before September 1, 2020 are not eligible.

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Postdoctoral fellows must be registered in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to be eligible to apply. Clinical fellows from basic science departments and clinical departments in the School of Medicine, and house staff from the Johns Hopkins Hospital are eligible. Applicants who have left Hopkins before September 1, 2020 are not eligible. Postdoctoral applicants who have left Hopkins prior to September 1, 2020 are not eligible. Postdoctoral applicants who have been promoted to Research Associate (non-tenure track faculty) are eligible if their total time as a postdoctoral researcher does not exceed 7 years. An individual can only win a Student or Postdoctoral award on one occasion.

These requirements replace any previous versions. Applications will ONLY be accepted via the Interfolio Website: from now through January 29, 2021. Applications must be received by 11:59 PM EST January 29, 2021 to be considered.

Complete applications must consist of the applicant's CV, abstract and essay. A recommendation letter from the postdoctoral mentor is also required by 11:59 PM, January 29, 2021 and should be uploaded to the Interfolio website. Please visit for more information on previous awardees' and example essays. Only one submission will be accepted per applicant.

Submitting an Application through Interfolio

Go to and click on the " Apply Now " button on the right of the screen. You must create an account with Interfolio if you don't already have one by clicking on the "Sign Up" bottom on the right of the screen. Then, sign in with " Partner Institution " and search for " Johns Hopkins University ". Click the " Sign In " button. You will be forwarded to a webpage where you can log in with your JHED ID and password. Follow the instructions to upload your CV, Abstract, and Essay in PDF format.

Click on " Add File ", then " Add New File ". There is no need to select the TYPE of material you are uploading. You may leave it " Uncategorized ". Browse to upload your document. Select your CV and click on " Add File ". Repeat this procedure for your Abstract and Essay.

Requesting a Letter of Recommendation:

Click on " Add File " next to " Confidential Letter of Recommendation or Evaluation ". Click on the " Request a Letter of Recommendation " tab at the top. Click on " Request " at the bottom right. Add your sponsor's name to the "Recommender's box" and then click on " add them ". This will open a box where you can insert your sponsor's Name and Email Address. Then click " Add ". Scroll down to the " Message to Recommender ". You may add any personal request to your letter writer here. Then click " Send Request ". Then click " Return to your Application ". Click " Next " at the bottom of the page.

Fill out the following 3 pages as instructed with your personal information.

Once you have completed the application and added your documents you will be able to submit your application by clicking on " Submit Delivery " on the bottom left of the Review page.

1. The applicant’s CV should list institutions attended, degrees or certifications earned, research presentations, and publications (names of all authors, title of report, and name of journal). List published abstracts similarly in a separate category.

2. The abstract should not exceed 250 words.

3. Essays, including figures but not references, must not exceed four single-spaced pages in 12 pt. Times font. A maximum of two figures and their legends may be included, but the entire essay including figures must not exceed four pages. Figure legends should be in Times font. The essay should be in the form of a report (for example, for the journals Science or Nature). The introductory paragraph should describe the context and importance of the work. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to submit text that is taken verbatim from their publications, rather, the entire document should be written in a fashion suitable for a broad scientific audience. It is not a requirement to have published the work that is presented in the essay and many prior winners had mature work that was not yet published. Please visit for examples of successful essays from previous years.

4. All submissions must be accompanied by a recommendation letter submitted directly by the faculty sponsor that critically evaluates the contribution and role of the applicant in the research. This letter is also due at 11:59 PM, January 29, 2021. Evidence of the applicant’s originality and independence are of particular importance. The letter should include a percentile ranking of the applicant compared to others at similar stages in their academic careers. For applicants whose projects are collaborative and result in papers with multiple authors, recommendation letters should comment explicitly on the applicant’s individual contribution to the entire study. The applicant must arrange for this letter to be uploaded to the Interfolio website. Please see the instruction above .

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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