American University of Beirut

Advanced Fellowship Award (AFA)


The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit applications for Advanced Fellowship Awards from the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Scholars Program (DTSSP) to support AUB postdoctoral trainees.

The AUB DTSSP is funded by a generous gift from the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Foundation to promote excellence by enhancing the education and expertise of healthcare and health-related professionals through support of specialized training and exchange programs at AUB or abroad.

The Advanced Fellowship Award seeks to support early career fellowships providing a bridge into an academic career for postgraduates holding the highest degree in a discipline, who have a potential in research and have not yet held an established academic post. The award will prepare the applicant to potentially assume a faculty position at AUB. A fellowship can be in any subject, and fellows should expect to complete a single piece of original, publishable research during their tenure. The award is not available to degree-seeking candidates.

Pending the availability of funding, the RFA anticipates awarding one grant to fund applications submitted in response to this RFA. Applications may be submitted up to the deadline listed in the table below. It is expected that this grant will provide partial support towards the cost of living of the awardee abroad for a maximum period of 2 years. Please note that no fee is required in submission of these applications.

The issuance of this RFA does not constitute an award commitment on the part of DTSSP nor does it commit DTSSP to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Further, DTSSP reserves the right to reject any or all applications submitted.


Application and Submission Information

  • Content and Form of Application Submission

    It is critical that applicants follow the instructions below. Conformance to the requirements is required and strictly enforced. Applications that are out of compliance with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

    • Applicants shall fill the official application form (DTSSP-F1), in which they select the program category of interest.
    • For the AFA, applicants must submit the following:
      • ​​A letter of intent containing a title and brief description of the proposal to be received by the DTSSP Committee.​ Deadline: February 28, 2020
      • A complete application to be received by the DTSSP Committee.​ Deadline: March 16, 2020

    ​The complete application consists of the following documents

    • ​Copy of an academic résumé or curriculum vitae.
    • Written proposal conforming to the requirements set below.
    • Letter of approval by the applicant department at AUB. The letter should outline a collaboration plan between the applicant and the host institution. The collaboration plan should include the roles and responsibilities of the candidate while on leave, the expected outcomes of the training experience and the scholarly and development value of the opportunity as it relates to the applicant, the academic unit at AUB and to AUB at large. The plan should also address the feasibility of endpoint measures in preclinical and clinical settings, along with the strategy for external validation.
    • Letter of admission into a foreign training program.​

  • The Written Proposal
    The written proposal consists of the following sections: Number of pages
    A. Abstract & Specific Aims 1 page
    B. Introduction, Rationale & Long-term Objectives Up to 2 pages
    C. Materials & Methods Up to 2 pages
    D. Plan of Work & Timeline Up to 2 pages
    E. Relevance of Project to Health Care and Justification for the Award  
  • Required Documents and Important Dates

    Letter of Intent  February 28, 2020

    Complete Application

    • Academic résumé or Curriculum Vitae
    • Written Proposal as outlined under 2 above
    • Letter of Approval by the Applicant Department at AUB
    • Letter of admission into a foreign training program
     March 16, 2020

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