The FARA Fellow Program
The FARA Fellow Program recognizes young investigators who will commit their early career to FA research. Growing and training the next generation of FA scientists is a priority for FARA and this program provides young investigators the opportunity to grow their profile within the research community and network with other investigators, together with a cash award and opportunity to attend scientific conferences.
Eligible candidates are postdoctoral trainees who have demonstrated or hold promise for outstanding research achievements in FA. Both new and existing postdoctoral trainees with fewer than 6 years working as a postdoctoral trainee, accounting for career disruptions, and fewer than 4 years working in an FA lab as a postdoctoral trainee, can be nominated to receive the award. Nominations must be submitted by the trainee’s PI or prospective PI and consist of the trainee’s CV, a brief abstract describing the trainee’s project with a list of publications and/or presentations related to the project, documentation providing evidence that the PI can support the trainee’s salary for 2 years and a letter briefly describing how the trainee’s qualities and research accomplishments will support FARA's mission of developing treatments and a cure for FA.
The award consists of $10,000 USD and financial support to attend one scientific conference per year and the FARA & CHOP FA Symposium in Philadelphia (maximum covered cost of $4000 USD that includes: airfare in coach class, hotel accommodation and conference registration fees. These expenses will be reimbursed directly by FARA). Postdoctoral trainees can be nominated and receive the award for a maximum of 3 years, but nominations are required each year. Nominations must be submitted by the PI and include trainee’s CV, a brief abstract describing the trainee’s project with a list of publications and/or presentations related to the project, documentation providing evidence that the PI can support the trainee’s salary and a letter briefly describing the trainee’s research accomplishments.
As FARA Fellows, trainees will be invited to attend round table discussions with other Fellows, present at the FARA Forum and at the FARA Flash Talks, and contribute their FA knowledge and results of their research to the FA CollaMap (https://www.collamap.org/
Grant program updates and announcements
The FARA forum webinars
The FARA Forum is a monthly webinar featuring investigators who have been awarded FARA grants.
The webinar is open to FARA grant awardees and it is held on the second Tuesday of every month.
September 12, 2023 12 PM ET
David Lynch (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)
October 10, 2023 12 PM ET
Hélène Puccio (Institute NeuroMyoGène, Lyon) and Marek Napierala (UT Southwestern) – FA mouse models
November 14, 2023 12 PM ET
Clementina Mesaros, (University of Pennsylvania)