Pelotonia Fellowship Program
The Pelotonia Fellowship Program trains promising and accomplished undergraduate, graduate, medical and postdoctoral students from any discipline at Ohio State who have the potential to become independent cancer researchers.
The Fellowship Program started in 2010 and has awarded 440 student fellowships through an annual allocation of $2 million in Pelotonia revenue for this program. Scholarship recipients so far include 205 undergraduates, 128 graduates, 101 postdoctoral fellows and six medical students. Six fellows have received two awards – either undergraduate and graduate or graduate and postdoctoral.
Funding has provided international research experiences for 21 Ohio State undergraduate students in India and Brazil, and brought 14 students from India and Brazil to contribute to science in Ohio State labs.
For the past six years, Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center has hosted students from Kenyon College and have matched them with complimentary researchers that focus on an area that the students are thinking about pursuing. This is a 10 week program open to rising juniors and seniors where the Comprehensive Cancer Center provides the stipend and Kenyon funds the summer housing. In 2015, the Comprehensive Cancer Center broadened the program and joined forces with two historically black colleges, Central State and Wilberforce, also located in Ohio and invited 11 of their students to join the program as well. For this group, the Comprehensive Cancer Center provided both the stipend and the housing costs for all the students. At the end of the program, each student presents a 10 minute talk on their research project and takes questions from the audience.
The awards are made by a Pelotonia Fellowship Committee that oversees the program and includes some of Ohio State’s most distinguished basic, translational and clinical researchers from many disciplines.