The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.

College of Palliative Care Scholars Program - Call for Applications by February 28, 2007


CPC Scholars Program

Call for Applications

Consistent with its mission of developing and supporting leaders in interdisciplinary palliative care research and education, the AAHPM College of Palliative Care (CPC) is pleased to announce the CPC Scholars Program. The CPC is accepting applications from US-based physicians, nurses, and social workers for funding to participate in the Annual Retreat and Research Symposium of the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), co-sponsored by the College of Palliative Care and the American Cancer Society (ACS), to be held September 17 - 19, 2007 in Park City, Utah.

The goal of the Retreat and Research Symposium is to advance the scientific endeavors of those who are or will become independent investigators actively involved in palliative care research through development of attendees' individual works in progress and improvement of specific competencies and core methodologies essential to conducting palliative care research. The meeting format will include didactic lectures, small group discussion by topic area and/or discipline, mock study sections, poster presentations, and networking opportunities. Recipients of the award will be expected to prepare a poster on their work in progress, be present for the entire retreat and complete progress updates at 6 months and 12 months following the retreat.

Participants in the Retreat and Research Symposium will include 8-10 CPC Scholars, as well as recipients of National Palliative Care Research Center Pilot/Exploratory Grants and Career Development Awards and recipients of American Cancer Society Palliative Care Pilot/Exploratory Grant Awards. Retreat faculty will include members of the CPC Council, members of the NPCRC Scientific Advisory Council and Scientific Review Committee, and representatives of ACS and the National Institutes of Health. This breadth of participants provides a unique opportunity for interaction between new and established palliative care investigators.

CPC Scholar applicants should submit the following:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Biosketch, not to exceed 4 pages. Click here for the NIH Biosketch template.
  3. Brief, 2-page description of a current or planned research project, including topic, study questions, methodologies, and populations

The successful applicant will be:

  • in the midst of or have completed formal research training (e.g., research fellowship and/or doctoral degree);
  • currently conducting research in palliative care;
  • have an identified research mentor; and
  • have at least 2 research papers on palliative care or end-of-life issues published or in press, with at least one as first author

The CPC Scholars Program is intended for individuals who are or will soon be applying for a K award or other career development award. Priority will be given to applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to an independent palliative care research career. Applicants who receive funding from NPCRC or ACS which will support their participation in the 2007 retreat are not eligible for funding as a CPC Scholar.

Applicants should submit their materials as WORD documents attached to an e-mail message to by February 28, 2007

CPC Scholar Application