Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards

Although women scientists are recruited to Massachusetts General Hospital programs, their advancement to senior faculty positions is still far less frequent than that of their male counterparts.  In 1993, The Women in Academic Medicine Committee, originally chaired by Mrs. Jane D. Claflin, Honorary Trustee, was established to facilitate the academic careers of women in science at MGH. 

Recognizing that a significant obstacle to career advancement is the difficulty of maintaining research productivity during the child-rearing years, this Committee, with the sponsorship of the Executive Committee On Research (ECOR), established the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards.  It is intended that this transitional funding will increase opportunities for women to advance to senior positions in academic medicine.

Awards are for $60,000 per year in direct costs for two years; plus 20% indirect costs per year.




ECOR and the Office for Women’s Careers (OWC) presented a one-hour seminar for eligible applicants on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 from 10:00 – 11:00am . 

This discussion covered:

  • Information about how the award can help advance your career
  • Advice from recent Claflin Scholars
  • Tips on putting together your best application
  • Resources to help you apply

To watch a recording of the panel discussion, click here.




If you are applying for a Claflin Award, and would like help preparing your application, ECOR and the Office for Women’s Careers (OWC) encourages you to take advantage of the pre-award Claflin Consultation Initiative (CCI) for applicants.

The CCI is designed to help eligible faculty prepare their best application for the 2024 Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards. Many prior Claflin winners have volunteered their time to answer questions and offer guidance and encouragement to potential applicants. Coaches may give advice on all aspects of the application, including the research plan, budget, description of child-rearing responsibilities, and advice for repeat applicants.

Please click here to register for the Claflin Consultation Initiative. The deadline to register for the CCI is Friday, December 1.







Jane D Claflin
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