Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program – Clinical/Health Services Research

Purpose: Established in 1936, the Charles A. King Trust was created to “support and promote the investigation of human disease and the alleviation of human suffering through improved treatment.” In keeping with these principles, this program is designed to support clinical or health services research scientists in the early- to mid-stages of their career conducting mentored research training that focuses on the causes of human disease with the mission of improving its treatment. Clinical and Health Services research funded by this program support human studies including physiological research, behavioral science and health education research, translational research (the application of bench research to patient care), epidemiological research, health policy, outcomes research, and population health, regardless of specialty or discipline.

Extended Deadline: Tuesday, March 22, 2022


  • No more than 6 years of employment since completion of residency training or 3 to 6 years of postdoctoral employment by October 1, 2022.
  • M.D., D.M.D., M.D./Ph.D., Ph.D., or comparable degree and engaged in mentored postdoctoral research in an academic or medical research institution in the state of Massachusetts.
  • At least one primary author, peer reviewed research article from postdoctoral work.
  • Research involving human subjects that is:
      1. Patient-oriented research. Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual. It includes: (a) mechanisms of human disease, (b), therapeutic interventions, (c) clinical trials, or (d) development of new technologies.
      2. Epidemiological and behavioral studies.
      3. Outcomes and health services research
  • Research projects involving animal, patient derived tissue or samples, or cell culture models seeking to understand basic science questions are not eligible. 

See the Guidelines for additional eligibility requirements.

Award amount:

$111,520 to $130,072 over 2 years, for stipend only. Award amount is based on the number of years of completed full-time postdoctoral experience, as of the funding start date of October 1, 2022.

Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

According to the National Academy of Science and Medicine, the cultural diversity of a nation’s workforce, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a key factor in its ability to innovate and compete in a global economy. To promote and enable diversity in biomedical research, the King Trust is committed to awarding researchers of all backgrounds, including racial/ethnic groups that are underrepresented in science. The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health have shown that individuals from the following groups are underrepresented in science: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Applicants from these groups are encouraged to apply.


Bank of America, N.A., Melissa MacGillivray Dane, and Susan Monahan serve as Co-Trustees of the Charles A. King Trust. Private foundations, individuals and other contributors have joined the Charles A. King Trust in supporting the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. Proposals focused on cancer or blindness (not visual impairment) are highly encouraged due to the availability of dedicated fellowships supported by the generous funding contributed respectively from the Sara Elizabeth O’Brien Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, and the Simeon J. Fortin Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.


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