Evan Calkins, MD, Community-Based Research Fellowship

The Evan Calkins, MD, Community-Based Research Fellowship provides funding for community-based research or quality improvement projects conducted by residents or junior faculty. Priority will be given to proposals directed toward the health care needs of the poor and medically disadvantaged in a community-based setting.

The annual award encourages recipients to explore and discover the rewards and opportunities of community-based scholarship.

Residents, fellows (PGY 1-7) and junior faculty whose career goals are centered around clinical practice are encouraged to apply.

Application Closed

The deadline to submit a proposal for the Evan Calkins Community-Based Fellowship Award has expired.

Information for the 2023 award will be posted as it becomes available.

Evan Calkins, MD

Evan Calkins, MD

Evan Calkins, MD, served as director of medicine at Meyer Memorial Hospital, now Erie County Medical Center, for 12 years. During that time, the clear but unmet needs of the community, especially in poor and medically underserved areas, made a strong impression on him. Calkins believed medical institutions have an obligation to improve the quality of, and access to, health care throughout the community. The Calkins fellowship is a product of this conviction.

Award Amount

Up to $4000 for distribution among 1 or more recipients.

Submitting A Letter of Intent

Potential applicants to the Evan Calkins Award are asked to submit a Letter of Intent to be reviewed by the Calkins Proposal Review Committee. Your letter should outline the type pf project you plan to submit, your anticipated outcome, your mentor and your mentor’s experience in this type of project.

Residents or fellows who have acceptable proposals will be asked to subsequently submit a full proposal.

Submitting An Application

Only those who were notified to submit a full proposal following your letter of intent should submit all required documentation.



Following approval of your letter of intent, you must be a resident, fellow (PGY 1-7) or junior faculty member (assistant professor on tenure or non-tenured track) in any clinical department of the medical school or the School of Public Health and Health Professions.   

Residents of the combined internal medicine/general preventive medicine residency are also eligible.


Your project must be implemented in a community setting, a community-based clinical practice, an ambulatory clinic or an emergency room setting of a UB-affiliated hospital.

Consult and execute preliminary planning with a faculty member possessing recognized expertise in community-based research or quality improvement.

An active faculty member with appropriate expertise should mentor and guide you throughout the program.

Be specific in these areas:

  • the research question or quality improvement aim
  • indicate if and how the project aligns with priorities of the community, hospitals and other organizations
  • the proposed methodology, budget and timeline
  • description of the work including measurable outcomes, impact on the community, preliminary data and relevant references
  • qualifications of your mentor to coach a research or quality improvement project and their role in guiding the design of the project
  • description of the role you will play in the conduct of the proposed research
The award reviewers will expect that your proposal contains these elements, as applicable.

Acceptable Proposals

Examples of possible proposals include:

  • description and documentation of a current problem in health care identifying specific issues preventing a positive outcome
  • controlled study of an investigation designed to address a specific management problem
  • translation of evidence-based guidelines into practice
  • replication of published research in a new setting
  • addressing one or more phases of the quality improvement cycle
  • enhancement of patient self-management

A committee appointed by the senior associate dean for graduate medical education reviews all applications.

The committee bases selections on:

  • the strength of your research proposal and personal statement
  • the study’s potential impact on community health
  • the quality of the research environment and its appropriateness for the proposed study
  • your potential to develop into a practicing physician or researcher as evidenced by letters of support
  • your agreement to present your work at next year’s UB GME Research Day if you win the award

Proposals directed toward the health care needs of the poor and medically disadvantaged, especially for work that has not yet been done in Buffalo, will receive priority.

Questions? Please contact:

Amanda Bevacqua.

Amanda Bevacqua

Operations Director

Graduate Medical Education

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main Street, Room 7230, Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-6132; Fax: (716) 829-3999

Email: abevacqu@buffalo.edu