Pelotonia Fellowship Program Overview

Students from any discipline and level of scholarship at Ohio State who have the potential to become independent cancer researchers can receive funded training in the labs of faculty mentors through the Pelotonia Fellowship Program.

Since the program began in 2010, it has received $9 million in Pelotonia funds to support the award of 292 student fellowship grants to 129 undergraduates, 77 graduates, four medical students, 61 postdoctoral fellows and 21 international scholars.

Most recently, from October 2013-October 2014, the program awarded 65 fellowships to students, including 36 undergraduates, 18 graduates and 11 postdoctoral fellows.

A 43-member Pelotonia Fellowship Committee containing some of Ohio State’s most distinguished cancer researchers reviews all fellowship applications and issues the awards. The committee is chaired by Fellowship Program Director Gustavo Leone, PhD, associate director for basic research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, and a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, is co-chair.

Leone says fellowship award decisions are based on quality of applications rather than on a set number to be issued each year. “The program is truly multidisciplinary,” he adds. “We have awarded fellowships to students working with mentors in 10 colleges and 48 departments at Ohio State, and from applicants at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.”

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