Post-Doctoral Fellows

Post-doctoral fellowships in the topics of bioengineering, wound healing, transplant biology, stem cell and regenerative medicine are available. For further information, please contact:

William EnnisAmelia BartholomewLuisa DiPietro,  – Biology of Wound Healing, Scaffold Bioengineering, Pre-clinical testing

Amelia Bartholomew – transplantation biology, stem cell and regenerative medicine

Opportunities to Present Your Work

American College of Surgeons, Deadline March 1 of every year, contact Kathryn Matousek, 312-202-5336,, accepted abstracts to the Surgical Forum are published in the surgical forum volume and are invited to submit full length articles to the Journal of Surgical Research.

American Surgical Congress/Society of University Surgeons, August deadline each year

American Transplant Congress, December deadline each year, accepted abstracts could be invited to be published in the American Journal of Transplantation

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Accepted abstracts could be invited to be published in the Journal of Trauma

Research funding for Students and Residents

Research funding generally requires planning with one’s mentor. In general, a well-defined project with a hypothesis, an aim to accomplish, and a well-developed experimental design is required for funding. There are three types of funding, extramural, University of Illinois based, and Department of Surgery based.

Links for extramural funding sources

NIH training grants


Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce

Society of University Surgeons, Deadline August 1 (surgical residents)

American College of Surgeons Resident Research Scholarships, Deadline September 1

Association for Academic Surgery, Deadline  September 1

University of Illinois Sources

Hispanic College of Excellence Students of Latin descent may apply for funding for the entire summer between the M1 and M2 year on a competitive basis. Deadline for application is usually in January or February.

Craig Fellowship Every year, funding for the summer between M1 and M2 is awarded on a competitive basis. Please see office of Student Affairs. Deadline for application is December/January.

James Scholar for Independent Study

The James Scholar Program for Independent Study (JS/ISP) is awarded to gifted students in Medicine for four years of research in medicine as an independent study with a mentor in research.  Generally,  the mechanism in place for the admission to the JS/ISP is by faculty nomination of outstanding students at the conclusion of the M1 year, (Third and fourth year students are not eligible for admission to the program.) however highly motivated students of outstanding academic standing can seek this nomination with their mentors. Contact Truman O. Anderson, MD, PhD  E-Mail: .

Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Twice annually (November and May), this group confers monetary awards for best research.

Warren and Clara Cole Foundation Scholarship

Open to residents and surgical faculty early in their careers, the Warren and Clara Cole Awards up to three years of funding for dedicated physician scientists to pursue research. Costs covered include costs of materials and supplies, supplemental personnel. No salary support is provided for the applicant. Scholarship applications are requested in March. Please contact Kate Early at the American College of Surgeons,, for additional information.

Department of Surgery Funding

Students and residents may seek funding from the Department of Surgery. Successful applicants have well-developed proposals and a well-integrated plan with their mentors. Please contact Amelia Bartholomew, MD, MPH, FACS,,  for additional information.

Research Resources

Preparing a Grant Proposal

Obtaining Approval for Clinical Investigation – Departmental resources exist to facilitate IRB submission. For additional information, please contact Patricia West, PhD,