Financial support, including: textbooks and an annual book allowance, attendance at a national scientific meeting and comprehensive instruction and support in identifying, preparing and submitting grant applications is provided for fellows participating in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital.
National Scientific Meetings. Financial support is provided to first year fellows for attendance at one national scientific meeting. Second and third year fellows are provided support to present their work at a national conference or meeting related to their chosen field of research.
Grants. Because writing and obtaining grants is a critically important aspect of an academic research career in pediatric hematology-oncology, all fellows are encouraged to write a grant proposal in support of their research. Comprehensive instruction and training in grant proposal preparation is an important component of this fellowship program. Each fellow receives in-depth supervision and support in the identification, preparation, and submission of grants to both NIH and non-federal granting agencies.
In addition to the individuals’ research mentors, the cancer and hematology centers have experienced research service coordinators who work closely with the fellows to facilitate this process. Each second-year fellow has an opportunity to take advantage of the expertise and resources of the research services staff, which help locate grant opportunities that match each fellow’s level of training, expertise, and area of interest. An individualized plan is developed for each fellow that focuses on career development in basic or clinical research. Once a grant opportunity has been matched to a fellow, research services staff members provide a written outline of the grant application, timeline, and budget calculations. They also assist with writing and routing the proposal through the Department of Pediatrics and Office of Research at Baylor College of Medicine.