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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. 


Award Amount

Up to $8,000 for distribution among 1 or more recipients.


Submit all materials by Monday, March 12, 2018, including letters from your research mentor and department chair or program director.


The recipient will be notified by email by Monday, April 16, 2018 and announced at this year’s Scholarly Exchange Day on Saturday, May 5, 2018.


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 submit nominations. 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


If you have any questions, please contact:

Sharon M. Sullivan

Sharon M. Sullivan

Director, Operations & Project Management

Office of Graduate Medical Education

955 Main Street, Room 7210, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-6124; Fax: (716) 829-3999

Email: sms64@buffalo.edu