Application deadline passed on January 13, 2017
Guidelines for the Research Proposal

Gilead Research Fellowship Program

The Research Proposal should be a clear and concise presentation of the applicant's proposed research.

The Proposal must include:

Research Abstract

Provide an abstract of no more than 325 words outlining the applicant's proposed research.

Research Proposal

Proposal must be single-spaced (using 11 point Arial font or larger) and limited to 5 pages total, not including the bibliography or budget. Research proposals over 5 pages will not be accepted. Please include your bibliography with the research proposal but do not count these pages in the 5 page total.

The proposal must include:

  1. Title of the proposed research
  2. Description of research objectives, including relevant literature, specific aims, study design, methodology, data, and projected results
  3. Discussion of the relevance of the proposed research to the objectives of the program (see the Scientific Focus section of this website)
  4. Description of analytical methods (figures and tables should be included in the body of the text, where applicable)
  5. Description of potential research challenges and possible approaches for overcoming them
  6. Description of relevant past work by the applicant, including joint collaborations and references

Budget Guidelines

Indirect Costs:

  • In an effort to maximize the research benefit of the award, the program encourages that every effort be made to minimize the utilization of the award to cover indirect costs. Indirect costs may not exceed 10% of the award value. This award is developed as a gift and is not considered a research grant.


  • The applicant may allocate up to $50,000 per year in salary and fringe benefits support for the applicant and/or a technician.
  • Salaries and fringe benefits for mentors, post-doctoral fellows, or students may not be included.


  • Supplies such as disposables, chemicals, reagent kits, animals, etc, may be included.
  • Equipment purchases with a single item value of greater than $2,500 may not be included.


  • Up to $1,500 per year for applicant's travel to a scientific meeting for presentation of data may be included

If the research project includes investigations on human subjects, a copy of the submission to the institutional review board (IRB) must be submitted prior to award. Award will be contingent upon IRB approval.

If the research project involves laboratory animals, researcher must certify that he/she will comply with all laws and regulations pertaining to care and use of animals in research prior to award.