Irving Scholars Program

This program is provided by the Administrative Core and Evaluation.


Recognizing the critical importance of training young clinical investigators, Herbert and Florence Irving earmarked a major portion of the Irving Endowment for the Florence and Herbert Irving Clinical Research Career Awards, usually referred to as the Irving Scholars Program. Scholars are selected on the basis of research proposals that reflect independent, well-developed scientific initiative in clinical investigation. It is expected that the proposed project will make significant use of the resources of the Irving Institute. These three-year awards provide substantial salary support, allowing the scholar more time for clinical investigation. The ranks of the scholars appointed since the program was launched in 1987 include physicians who have since become internationally recognized for their work.

During the tenure of their awards, successful candidates will hold a named professorship: either a Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of (Department) or a Florence Irving Assistant Professor of (Department). Additionally, with the initiation of our Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) and expanded educational and mentoring program, we expect that Irving Scholars will assist Irving Institute leaders in various, CTSA-related activities such as grant review, mentoring programs, and the development of seminars.

  • Duration: Three years
  • Scholarship amount: $60,000 per year
  • Quantity: Approximately four to six new scholarships funded each year

See a list of current and past Irving Scholars.


The program is open to applicants from all clinical departments at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Preference is given to deserving applicants from dermatology, medicine, surgery, urology, and those engaged in translational cancer research, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the endowment agreements. Candidates should be appointed full-time Columbia faculty and hold the rank of assistant professor at the time of application; should already have had significant involvement in patient-oriented research; and must be recommended by their department chair. Based on the number of faculty and previous applications, each department is assigned a certain number of slots. Prospective applicants must consult with their departmental chair before completing the application materials.

Please note: Due to the overlap in the terms of the award for the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Scholars Program and the Irving Scholars Program, faculty are eligible to hold only one of these awards at any one time.


The application for the Irving Scholars Program 2023-2026 cycle will open in the Winter of 2023.


A complete application includes:

  • Application form (all fields in SMApply required)
  • Research proposal (not to exceed 12 pages—instructions included in the application)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • NIH-style biographical sketch (with eRA Commons Username noted)
  • Reprints of relevant publications
  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s department chair, including comments on the nature of the department’s own commitment to the support of the candidate for a career in clinical and translational research.

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If your research has benefited from one or more Irving Institute resources, please remember to:

  • Cite our CTSA grant, UL1 TR001873, in any relevant publications, abstracts, chapters, and/or posters.
  • Submit your publications to PubMed Central (PMC) for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
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