Victor A. McKusick Fellowship Program for Marfan Research

Funding Agency:
National Marfan Foundation

The Victor A. McKusick Fellowship is a two-year-award available for PhDs for up to $50,000 per year and MD’s up to $75,000 per year. Fellows up to postgraduate year six are considered.

Through this fellowship, we hope to cultivate promising young physician scientists or research scientists conducting basic, translational or clinical research in the field of Marfan syndrome and related disorders, and to stimulate their advancement toward independent research in this field. During the fellowship phase, the applicant is required to work with a mentor who can provide a training environment conducive to beginning a career in any of the disciplines related to Marfan research, such as cardiology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, pulmonology, and genetics.

The fellowship award is based on the proposal evaluation by our Scientific Advisory Board and the approval of our Board of Directors. No overhead or indirect costs are considered. Proposals must be prepared according to our guidelines.

Application date: Feb. 1, 2019

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Areas of Interest

Basic research, translational studies and clinical studies in cardiovascular, orthopedic, pulmonary, ophthalmologic, pain and other pertinent areas utilizing synergistic collaborations; integration of novel theories from non-traditional researchers into established paradigms; novel animal model systems; innovation; and the distillation of knowledge into practical new therapies, for Marfan syndrome, EDS, LDS, and other related disorders.

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must hold an MD, DO, PhD, ScD, DDS, DVM or equivalent degree. Fellowships can be offered up to the post graduate year 6 level. Both US citizens and non-US citizens are encouraged to apply, however work must be done at a U.S. based institution. Fellows should be eligible at their institution for specialty training in the field of Marfan syndrome including but not limited to genetics, cardiology, orthopedics, pulmonary and ophthalmology. The fellowship can only be held one time by any candidate.



Amount Description

Two-year fellowship awards will be available for PhDs for up to $50,000 per year and for MDs up to $75,000 per year.. 

Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

February 1, 2019