News From the End of Life: Project seeks applications for palliative care grants

The Project on Death in America, in collaboration with the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation in Brooklyn, NY, is seeking proposals from new or established palliative care fellowship training programs for funding support of individual fellowships in palliative care. The goal of this jointly funded fellowship program is to train physicians in the principles and practice of palliative care, to help build the capacity of fellowship programs, and to help establish palliative medicine as a recognized subspecialty of medicine.

The initiative is open to palliative care fellowship training programs, but not to individual applicants. Up to six two-year palliative care fellowship program awards will be available, with funding to begin July 2003.

Each award must be used to support the clinical or research training of palliative care fellows, with preference given to clinical training. Selected programs will receive up to $75,000 a year for two years, for a maximum total of $150,000. Eighty percent of each year’s award must be applied to the stipend of one or more fellows, with a maximum of 20% of the total of each year’s award available to the program and its director to support educational meetings, conferences, and expenses directly related to the fellowship training program.

Palliative care fellowship training programs may re-apply every year for one two-year award. The selected institution’s palliative care fellowship program and its training director are responsible for identifying, selecting, monitoring, and evaluating fellow candidates. Candidates must be board-eligible in a residency program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

To be eligible for funding, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Programs must be affiliated with an accredited medical school that provides an ACGME-approved residency program or equivalent.
  • Programs must demonstrate efforts to conform to the fellowship standards promulgated by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
  • Programs must be in the United States.
  • Programs must demonstrate evidence of ongoing institutional commitment to palliative care, and of cross-disciplinary collaborations.

For details of application procedures, contact the Project on Death in America at (212) 548-0344.