Applications for the FSR Fellowship Program will open November 15, 2019. The deadline for applications will be February 14, 2020.

The FSR Fellowship Program is designed to increase clinician and researcher engagement and commitment within the sarcoidosis field. The intent of the opportunity is, through funding, to ensure medical professionals interested in sarcoidosis and related aspects can remain in the field.

The FSR Clinical and Research Fellowship Program is a two-year funding opportunity at an academic center, clinic, or hospital specifically in the area of sarcoidosis. The Fellowship provides an opportunity to develop specialized skills and gain experience in clinical and/or basic science settings directly within the field of sarcoidosis during the early career development phase.

FSR prefers that the first year of training involves patient management, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures followed by a second year of training partially focused on a research project.

Fellowship Specifics:

  • FSR will fund two fellowships each for a two-year period. Total funding is $125,000 per year per fellow ($250,000 per Fellow over a two-year period).
  • Applicants must describe career goals relating to a long-term commitment to sarcoidosis research and clinical care.
  • The funding, restricted to the compensation package of the Fellow, will be provided directly to the hosting institute in one annual payment 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.

The awardees for the 2018 -2020 Fellowship Program include:

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

FSR Fellowship Program Contact:

For questions regarding our Fellowship Program, please contact FSR Research Manager Noopur Singh at or 312-341-0500.