Funding Opportunities

Burroughs Wellcome Scholar Application - Physician Scientist Incubator Program

UPMC, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have partnered to form a new Physician Scientist Incubator to enrich the pool of MD-only (rather than MD-PhD) physicians who lead basic research laboratories. Residents and Fellows seeking careers built on preclinical research can apply for competitive Burroughs Wellcome Scholar positions supported by the Incubator.

The Burroughs Wellcome Scholars receive laboratory biostatistics training, technical expertise consulting as needed, executive coaching (workshops and nine individual sessions of career and resiliency coaching), transactional and leadership skill training, and the opportunity for technician support on return to clinical training post research. In addition, the program provides tuition and travel support, a time management bonus (restricted to personal, non-academic time demands), and up to two years of stipend support for those not supported by other mechanisms, such as, training grants. 


The overarching goal of the Pittsburgh Innovation in Collaborative Training of Residents alliance, or PICTOR alliance program, is to create the next generation of physician scientists by promoting research in residency.

The PICTOR alliance program:

  • Draws upon the experience of established investigators focused on research along the continuum of the lifespan, from childhood to adulthood and from health to disease
  • Integrates residency programs in the Departments of Medicine, Pathology, Pediatrics, and Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Allows up to four outstanding residents per year to engage in either basic translational or clinical translational research in the cardiovascular, lung, sleep, and blood fields