The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research (JCC Fund) was established by the Childs Family in 1937, to honor the memory of Jane Coffin Childs who died of cancer in 1936. Inspired by the founding purpose to support research into the causes and treatment of cancer, the Fund’s mission has broadened to support fundamental scientific research that advances understanding of the causes, treatments, and cures for human disease. 

The JCC Fund provides three years of salary support to the best and brightest postdoctoral fellows, as selected by the esteemed Board of Scientific Advisors (BSA), pursuing fundamental biomedical research to advance human health.  Over 1,800 Jane Coffin Childs Fellows have been awarded to conduct basic cancer and human disease related research in laboratories in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

The JCC Fund supports between twenty-five and thirty new three-year postdoctoral fellows each year. The 2024 fellowship stipend levels are Year 1 $70,000; Year 2 $72,000 and Year 3 $74,000 with additional funding provided for research costs, travel costs, relocation costs and supplemented salaries for fellows with dependents. Additional funds for child care costs are accessible for fellows, thanks to a generous gift to the JCC Fund, established by Dr. Joan Steitz.

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