Fellowship Grant

Grant Criteria (2023 Update)


The Fellowship Grant is intended to enable Qualified Institutions to provide post-doctoral research fellowship training to qualified applicants in one of the two areas of stated interest to the Hillblom Foundation.

Grant Making Procedures

The fellowship applicant requires the full support of both the host institution and the proposed mentor. The Fellowship Grant shall be made directly to and administered by the office of contracts and grants at the Qualified Institution, which shall be responsible for the expenditure of the grant funds. Preference shall be given to applicants who have not undertaken a fellowship in the past. Annual renewal of a Fellowship Grant shall be subject to the Foundation’s approval.

Expectations of the Host Institution and Mentor

The host institution and mentor will provide appropriate infrastructure (computer access, personal work space, laboratory space, access to core facilities, library use, research training classes etc). The mentor will personally undertake and oversee the research training of the fellow to include weekly meetings, supervision of the research process and encouragement of the development of independence of the fellow. In its selection process, the Foundation will take into account the research careers of prior research fellows in the mentor’s laboratory.

Expectations of the Fellow

The fellow must be highly promising based on performance during prior training with a demonstrated productivity in research. The fellow will be asked to demonstrate a distinct research plan that is important and achievable. The fellow will be asked to identify planned research milestones. The fellow will be required to submit an annual report to the host institution and the Foundation (submitted electronically via the LLHF Grant Management System).  It is expected that the fellow will give presentations by the end of year one and will publish by the end of year two and this should be reflected in the annual report. Additionally, the fellow will be required to attend the Annual Hillblom Scientific Meeting to give a presentation on the findings of their research to date. The annual renewal of any Fellowship Grant for the three year time period will be contingent upon a satisfactory annual report and presentation at this forum. Renewal / non-renewal decisions by the Board of Directors of the Hillblom Foundation are final and not subject to appeal or review.

Grant Restrictions

In appraising applicants for Hillblom Fellowship Grants, preference will be given to those who (a) received their doctorate degree 3 years prior to the current application (if more than 3 years, please explain) and (b) who receive no extramural funding for the 3 year period of the Fellowship Grant. To be eligible for this grant, applicants must commit 100% of their effort to research directly related to the project described in the application for funding.

If a fellow has active or pending funding from another source at the time of their application submission to the Foundation, consideration will be given for other sources of support for costs such as salary, benefits and education. Applicants with additional support must submit a letter from the Chair of the department which (a) clarifies all of the sources of funds available to the awardee on a yearly basis and (b) guarantees that in no case will the additional support detract from the fellow’s commitment to the Hillblom research project and that all funded research is directly related to the subject matter of the Hillblom project.

Research Costs

Personnel costs are restricted to the fellowship applicant only with a maximum of $5,000 per year for equipment and $2,500 per year for travel (including the Annual Hillblom Foundation Scientific Meeting). Supply costs are not allowed.


All publications and presentations related to the Hillblom Grant should cite support by the Hillblom Foundation.

Fellowship Grant Details

  • Qualified Institutions: The PI’s lab must be affiliated with an institution within the state of California
  • Funding Areas: Diabetes or Aging
  • Maximum Funding: $75,000 per year
  • Duration of the Award: Up to three (3) years, subject to annual Foundation approval, non-renewable
  • Maximum Allowable Indirect Costs: 10% included in the total grant
Important Dates to Remember
  • Application Submission Start Date: December 30, 2022
  • Application Due Date: January 31, 2023 at 5PM PST
  • Funding Decisions Announced: June 2023
  • Anticipated Start Date: July 2023

How To Apply

Please use the following information as a guide to help you prepare your grant application. NOTE: This is just an overview of what to expect in our online application form; more detailed instructions will be available once you start an application.

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Cover Page

Complete the online LLHF Grant Application Cover Page.

Host Institution Requirements

The applicant for the Fellowship Grant must have the support of his or her departmental chair or center director, who is required to provide a letter describing the following:

  • Fellow Applicant’s Past Training and Potential
  • Training Aspects of this Program
  • Host Institution and Mentor Infrastructure or Physical Resources

Mentor Information

  • Contact Info
  • CV/Biosketch (not to exceed 5 pages)
  • Sources & Quantity of Other Funds that will be used
  • List Fellows Previously Trained by Mentor

Requirements of the Fellowship Applicant

  • Summary of Proposal in Lay Terms
  • Compatibility to LLHF Goals
  • Research Plan
  • Timeline
  • Cited References
  • CV/Biosketch
  • Published Papers: Please do not include papers in review or not yet published.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (cannot be from your mentor)
  • IRB and/or IACUC
  • LLHF Budget Form

Start An Application

All LLHF Grant Applications must be submitted via our online grant management system.

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Funded Research


Kimberly Lewis, PhD

Integrating the Metabolome with the Transcriptome and miRNAome in Underactive Adults at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Xuchen Zhang, PhD

Rejuvenating the Aging Brain - Genetic Dissection of Synaptic Adhesion Molecules on Promoting Synapse Formation

Xin Jin, PhD

Epigenetic Mechanisms of Brain Aging

Sarah Kaufman, MD, PhD

Actin-mitochondria Interactions During Stress and Aging

Finn Wolfreys, PhD

Screening and Characterization of Protein Folding Correctors for Non-Surgical Treatment of Corneal Endothelial Dystrophy

Andrew Folick, MD, PhD

Role of Apolipoprotein E in Diet-Responsive Hypothalamic Microglial Regulation of Obesity and Metabolic Disease

Amanda McQuade, PhD

Uncovering Function and Regulation of an Aging-Associated Interferon-Responsive Microglial State

Muniesh Muthaiyan Shanmugam, PhD

The Role of Methylglyoxal(MGO)-Derived AGEs in Regulating Feeding

Adit Friedberg, MD

Transcriptional Landscape of Cellular Senescence in the Human Brain in Healthy Aging and in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Bastian Ramms, PhD

Exploring the Translational Potential of a New Mitogenic Target in Beta Cells

Aksinya Derevyanko, PhD

Delivery of Astrocyte-Secreted Factor to Rescue Synapses in Alzheimer's Disease

Angela Gomez-Arboledas, PhD

Influence of C5a-C5aR1 Signaling on Synaptic Pruning in Alzheimer’s Disease