Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Biomedical Research


amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research


Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Biomedical Research

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All of the information required to request web-portal log-in credentials and letter of intent (LOI) forms for the Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Biomedical Research can be found here.


The goal of amfAR’s Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Biomedical Research is to facilitate the transition of exceptional postdoctoral researcher’s to an independent career in HIV/AIDS research within an academic institution or nonprofit organization by:

  • Supporting two years of postdoctoral biomedical research (phase I); and 
  • Providing the possibility of one additional year of research funding during the first year of an independent research position (phase II).


To be eligible for the Mathilde Krim Fellowship in Biomedical Research, Applicants must:

  • Hold a research or clinical doctorate completed between three and six years prior to April 17, 2019*;
  • Be positioned to secure an independent research position no later than March 2022;
  • Be the first author on significant publications in leading peer-reviewed journals;
  • Propose a line of research sufficiently distinct from the mentor’s own research that it indicates future independence;
  • Have made oral and poster presentations at major scientific conferences and meetings;
  • Be affiliated with a nonprofit research institution anywhere in the world; and
  • Be mentored by an experienced investigator at the same institution who:
    • is qualified to oversee the proposed research;
    • has successfully supervised postdoctoral fellows
    • is at the associate professor level or higher.

*The three- to six-year eligibility window starts from the date the most recent doctoral degree was completed. E.g., the window for Ph.D. candidates starts from the date of successful dissertation defense; the window for M.D., Ph.D. candidates starts with the most recent of the internship completion or successful dissertation defense dates.

Funding Availability

Salary support is allowed for the fellow only, at a maximum of $100,000 for the two-year period.  The balance of direct costs is available to support research costs, fringe benefits, and employer taxes.

The percent effort on the fellowship project must be at least 85%. Any additional funds needed to support salary for effort at that level will be required from other non-project specific sources available to the institution.

Phase II funding for an additional $50,000 may be approved, at a later date, to support biomedical HIV/AIDS research costs during the first 12 months of an independent research position at any US or international nonprofit research institution. Phase II funding can start any time during the Phase I performance period, or up to six months following the end of the Phase I period.

Maximum Project Value

The maximum funding for this fellowship is $150,000 including 10% indirect costs for the two-year period.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2021

Special Notes

The grantee Institution is required to provide funds or in-kind support to enhance the career development of the fellow (e.g. CFAR development funds, mentoring program, reduced-rate use of core facilities, etc.). The Institution must provide support for attendance at an NIH grant-writing workshop, or a similar training activity approved in advance by amfAR.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Mandatory deadline to register for Portal Login and obtain Instructions.

External Deadline

Applicants to submit their Letter of Intent via the portal.

How to Apply

Prospective applicants must register via the amfAR's online portal and complete a letter of intent (LOI) through an online portal.

The following documents must also be uploaded to the portal to complete the LOI package: 

  • Fellow’s Eligibility Details, Publications, Presentations, and Posters
  • Fellow’s Biographical Sketch and Mentor’s Biographical Sketch and List of Fellows Supervised
  • Resources and Environment Form
  • Signature Form

LOIs will be reviewed by amfAR staff to verify applicant eligibility and, in turn, the qualifications of eligible applicants will be assessed by peer review. The best-qualified eligible applicants will be invited to submit complete applications proposing original research to be conducted during the phase I fellowship period.

If invited to full application stage, please notify ORS for additional deadline and submission details.



For Questions, please contact

Please email with any questions about the Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Biomedical Research.

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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