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Frawley Research Fellowship

Tom Frawley, MD ’44
Thomas F. Frawle

As a young resident, Thomas Frawley, MD ’44, sought and received funding from UB to enable him to support his family while pursuing his postgraduate training. He went on to a successful career as a nationally recognized researcher in diabetes and metabolism, serving as President of the American College of Physicians and Chair of Medicine at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. In gratitude, he established this award to aid new physician-researchers in similar circumstances.

The Thomas F. Frawley, MD, Residency Research Fellowship Fund supports medical or surgical residents and new graduates for whom research represents a primary personal interest and passion.

The award is intended to offset research costs or personal expenses to help a resident pursue research on completion of his or her residency. It may be shared among multiple recipients.

Research proposals are solicited in January and due by approximately mid April.

Award Amount

Up to $6,500


Submit all materials by Friday, March 25, 2016, including letters from your research mentor and department chair or program director.


The recipient will be notified by email on or before Friday, April 22, 2016 and announced at this year’s Scholarly Exchange Day on Saturday, April 30, 2016.


Residents and fellows with a minimum of two years of postgraduate training, and who have a close working relationship with a mentor, are eligible to apply. Priority is given to those who will complete their research in Buffalo.

Application Process

Evaluation Criteria

A committee of senior UB research faculty reviews applications, evaluating them in three areas:

  • candidate’s potential to develop into a clinical researcher as evidenced by letters of support and/or prior experience
  • quality of the research environment available to support the candidate
  • strength of the research proposal and personal statement

Required Materials

Use the online form to send nominations to Roseanne C. Berger, MD. You will need to provide these materials:

  • a CV
  • a personal statement describing your research interests, long-term career goals and plans for the coming academic year
  • a research proposal for original research or participation in ongoing research with a mentor:
    • introduction, including relevant background and significance of research
    • hypotheses
    • research design (original research or participation in ongoing research with mentor)
    • methodology
    • timeline
    • status of IRB approval
  • an NIH-style biosketch for your research mentor
  • a letter from the candidate’s research mentor should describe their relationship with the candidate and role in candidate’s career development, their role in the proposed research design and execution, and an assessment of the candidate’s current stage of career development
  • letter of support from the candidate’s residency or fellowship program director, if not the mentor

Upload these two letters as part of the online application or have them sent to Holly Ryan at

Contact Information

Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Designated Institutional Official

Berger, Roseanne

Roseanne Berger, MD

Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

UBMD Family Medicine at Amherst, 850 Hopkins Road Williamsville, NY 14221

Phone: (716) 688-9641; Fax: (716) 829-2447


Executive Assistant to Sr. Associate Dean

Holly Ryan

Holly Ryan

Executive Assistant to Sr. Associate Dean

Office of Graduate Medical Education

University at Buffalo, 3435 Main Street, 117 Cary Hall, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6126; Fax: (716) 829-3999