Thomas F. Frawley, MD Research Fellowship Award

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 $6,000 for distribution among 1 or more recipients.


Residents and fellows with a minimum of two years of postgraduate training (PGY 3-7), 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 Closed

We are no longer accepting applications for the Thomas F. Frawley, MD Research Fellowship Award at this time.

Information for the 2023 applications will be posted as they are made available.

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. Include what role you will play in the conduct of the proposed research project.
  • 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 along with a description of their role in guiding the design of the project.
  • 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:

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