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Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS)

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is committed to fostering the development of the next generation of biomedical scientists and is committed to supporting degree-granting institutions to achieve this goal. The career development of young scientists has been a major funding theme at BWF and various programs have provided major support to promising young scientists to help them make the transition from late postdoctoral training to early faculty service.

The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) was introduced in 2007 to specifically address the declining participation of physicians engaged in academic biomedical research. The CAMS award provides support to facilitate the transition from mentored position to independence for the early career physician scientist. The program is ideal for the physician scientist considering an academic career.

CAMS is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 in support over five years for physician scientists (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.D.S.), who are committed to an academic career, to bridge postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.

Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease- oriented, or translational research. BWF is also interested in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are not eligible. BWF anticipates making up to 10 awards including up to two awards to clinically trained psychiatrists who focus their research at the interface between psychiatry and neuroscience.

Special Considerations

  • BWF strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, or Native Hawaiians.
  • In addition to seeking women and underrepresented minorities, BWF is interested in increasing geographic diversity among candidates from the Central, Mountain and Southern States. We believe there is an ample amount of untapped talent at institutions that do not typically apply and BWF encourages receipt of applications from such institutions.
  • BWF believes that a diverse scientific workforce is essential to the process and advancement of research innovation, academic discovery and public service.


For more information, contact Senior Program Officer Rolly Simpson at or Senior Program Associate Kendra Tucker at


Annual Value

Up to $700,000 USD over five years