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The 2022-2024 FSR Fellowship Grant application is now closed.

Read the FSR PIC newsletter for announcements for more upcoming grant opportunities.

Grant Writing Webinar

Watch our Grant Writing Webinar on YouTube.

Speakers included: 2020-2022 FSR fellowship funding recipient:  Dr. Shu-Yi Liao of National Jewish Health and FSR’s Scientific Advisory Board member and mentor of Dr. Liao – Dr. Lisa Maier of National Jewish Health, and FSR CEO Mary McGowan.


Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

  • FSR will fund fellowships for a two-year period. Total funding is $75,000 per year per fellow ($150,000 per Fellow over a two-year period).
    • Applicant must include a detailed budget, as well as a budget justification.
  • Applicants must provide a personal statement which includes their career development plan as well as a description of their career goals relating to a long-term commitment to sarcoidosis research and clinical care.
  • Fellow and Mentor’s NIH Biosketch must be included in submission
  • The funding, restricted to the compensation package of the Fellow, will be provided directly to the hosting institute in two payments for each year. Funding does not allow overhead.
  • As funded by FSR, host will provide stipend or salary for a year, at a locally competitive rate, payable directly to the Fellow
  • There is no obligation by a potential Host Institution to make an offer or by a Fellow to accept an employment offer beyond the Fellowship agreement.
  • Applicants may be either U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens. International applicants must have the ability to obtain the appropriate visas, as applicable.
    • Fellowships currently only allowed at US institutions.
    • Applicants must include description of institutional environment and demonstrate the institutions commitment to training.
  • Applicants must include their research project summary.
  • Letter of recommendations must be included, as well as a letter of support from mentor. If mentor is the one applying, any fellows working on the project or wish to work on the project, must include a personal letter.
  • Applicants may submit only one grant application per fellowship cycle
  • Applicants must submit proof of IRB submission or IRB approval before funding is provided.
  • All applications must follow NIH Fellowship Grant formatting and page limit guidelines, where applicable.
  • Formatting and page limits follow NIH Early Career Investigator (K) Grant guidelines. These guidelines can be found here.

Allowable Costs

Budget Expenditures- Direct Cost Only

Salaries *mentor efforts are NOT covered

Fellow (50-80% effort requested) salary + fringe benefits

Materials and Supplies

This can include cell reagents, arrays, kits, and other lab supplies. Categories must be detailed and explained when supplying the budget. If research includes animals, budget should include number of animals expected to be used, price for the animals, and per diem for animal care, as well as details on the length of time the animals will be used for.


2021-2024 Timeline for Applicants

December 15 – Applications open

March 15 – Deadline for applications

March 15 – April 30  Application Review Period

May 2022 – Decision Notification

June 30 – Deadline for Host Institute/FSR Agreement Process and Funding Payment

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024 Fellowship at Host Institution

2020-2023 Fellowship Program Awardee(s):

Dr. Paula Berreras, Johns Hopkins University Hospital

  • Discovering pathogens in neurosarcoidosis: using next generation immunological and metagenomic methods for unbiased pathogen detection and antimicrobial antibody profiling

“I would like to thank the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research for this fellowship award and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for making funding for the award possible. This award is an amazing opportunity for me to be able to gain training and experience in both the clinical and research aspects of neurological complications of sarcoidosis and contribute to this growing field.

Thanks to this fellowship I will be able to start a career focused on the care of patients with neurosarcoidosis. I will be trained in the management of central and peripheral nervous system involvement of sarcoidosis in the inpatient and outpatient setting to better serve this patient population. I will also be able to do research to better understand how microorganisms interact with the immune system in the development of sarcoidosis and help to find better treatment approaches.

My project titled “Discovering pathogens in neurosarcoidosis: using next generation immunological and metagenomic methods for unbiased pathogen detection and antimicrobial antibody profiling” uses novel technologies to identify genetic material of microorganisms and antibodies against infectious agents in the blood and spinal fluid of patients with neurosarcoidosis to address the critical question of the role of infective agents in the development of sarcoidosis. This project will also use data science and bioinformatics to gain deeper insight into mechanisms of disease progression.  I hope this project helps us understand sarcoidosis better and can help patients living with sarcoidosis.”

2020-2022 Fellowship Program Awardee(s):

Shu-Yi Liao, National Jewish Health- Mentored by Dr. Lisa Maier

  • An omics precision medicine approach to explore the susceptibility and phenotypes of sarcoidosis

2018 – 2020 Fellowship Program Awardee(s):

Dr. Ozioma Chioma, Vanderbilt University Medical Center- Mentored by Dr. Wonder Drake

  • Microbiome and transcriptomic analysis of sarcoidosis pulmonary biopsies aiming to signify disease outcome.

Dr. Lori Garman, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- Mentored by Dr. Courtney Montgomery

  • Studying how genetic and environmental factors affect immune cells that possibly predispose individuals to sarcoidosis.

Dr. Changwan Ryu, Yale University – Mentored by Dr. Erica Herzog

  • Understanding the racial disparities of sarcoidosis by elucidating the mechanistic relationship between innate immune mechanisms driven by DNA derived from mitochondria (mtDNA) and clinical phenotypes

Dr. Bryan Young, Yale University – Mentored by Dr. Edward Miller

  • Novel patient-centered research in imaging and biomarkers of cardiac and thoracic sarcoidosis

Fellowship Grant Webinar – 2021

The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) hosted a webinar in 2021 on how to write a successful proposal for FSR’s Fellowship Grant.  This webinar highlight’s FSR’s 2021-2023 fellowship program, what a good grant application looks like, and tips and tricks from a fellowship awardee and their mentor.

Speakers included:  Dr. Elliott Crouser from Ohio State University and FSR’s Scientific Advisory Board Chair,  Dr. Erica Herzog from Yale University and mentor to grant awardee,  Dr. Changwon Ryu from Yale University and 2018-2020 FSR Fellowship Recipient.

To view the recording of this webinar, click here.

FSR Fellowship Grant Contact:

For questions regarding our Fellowship Grant, please contact FSR Research Coordinator Chase Hamilton at