Applications for this grant are open.

Despite extensive work to improve gender equity in academic medicine, women continue to lag behind men in promotions and leadership positions. This inequity has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic which disproportionately is affecting women who are tasked with taking on increased childcare and household responsibilities and/or the care of ailing relatives.

One reason for the lower promotion rates of women are impediments to travel for national and international presentations, an activity critical to academic promotion and success. Moreover, women are less likely to be invited to be visiting professors and to give Grand Rounds. The lack of national and international speaking engagements also decreases opportunities to network and seek outside mentors and collaborators, critical to career advancement.

With the COVID-19-related travel bans most Grand Rounds and Visiting Professorships around the country are being conducted virtually. This provides an opportunity to promote the participation of more women in Visiting Professorships by removing the barriers that often prevent women to travel.

The Center for Faculty Development’s Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholars Award will be presented to women faculty clinicians, educators, researchers and postdocs at MGH, who have shown exceptional promise as leaders in their field and whose careers would specifically benefit from speaking, mentoring and networking opportunities at the national or international level. This award will provide an opportunity to serve as “virtual” Visiting Professor to give Grand Rounds at a national or international institution, organized by the Center for Faculty Development. Moreover, a mentor at the host institution will be identified for the Scholar. The Scholar will also receive professional coaching on presentation and interview skills, as well as a virtual career development seminar series, and will have the opportunity to serve as speaker, together with another woman faculty from a host institution, at MGH as part of the Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series.

Anne Klibanski, MD, President and CEO of MassGeneral Brigham, and former Director of the Center for Faculty Development, has been a strong supporter and advocate for women physicians and scientists at MGH. Among many other initiatives, she was instrumental in establishing the MGH Backup Childcare Center and the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards, which supports the careers of women scientists at MGH at a critical period in their careers, when primary responsibility for childrearing might otherwise reduce their productivity.

Awards Expenditures and Start Date

Awards will be announced in June 2021. Visiting Professorships will take place during the academic year 2021/2022. During the year, professional coaching and other career development opportunities will be provided via virtual technology.

Faculty Award - 
  • Primary faculty appointment at MGH
  • Women physicians, clinicians, clinician-educators and researchers
  • MD, PhD, or equivalent advanced degree
  • Academic HMS appointment of Instructor, Assistant or Associate Professor. The appointment must be through the MGH 
Postdoc Award -
  • Current postdoctoral fellow appointment at MGH
  • Women researcher
  • MD, PhD, or equivalent advanced degree
  • Does not need an HMS appointment, but work must be at MGH
Review Process

Applications will be evaluated and ranked by a multidisciplinary Review Committee. Applicants will be notified in June 2021.

Submission Requirements

1. Topic of Proposed Presentation.

2. Overview of proposed presentation(s) (1-page maximum for each presentation, up to 3 presentations.

3. HMS CV.

4. Personal Statement (1-page maximum) – how this Award will further career development and academic advancement, short and long-term goals, current challenges.

5. Two Letters of Support:

  • Department Chair, Division or Unit Chief. The letter should include:
    • Potential role of the faculty member in the department/division over time.
    • Commitment to continue to support the faculty member in her career development over time.
  • Mentor
How to Apply

The Center for Faculty Development is now accepting applications online via the CFD Award Manager.

This user-friendly system allows MGH researchers to submit electronic applications to the Center for Faculty Development. The system has been designed to allow users to:

  • Create a personal profile which will auto populate your future CFD applications.
  • View current calls and apply to open opportunities.
  • Assign a delegate to submit an application to the CFD on behalf of the applicant (optional).
  • Save and edit current applications in progress.
  • Submit completed applications.
  • View all your CFD applications that have been submitted via the online grants system.

Instructions for Applying Online

To get started, please click the "Apply" button at the top of this page.

  1. Create your account: Login using your Mass General Brigham credentials and fill-out the profile information.
  2. Complete the application: once your profile is complete, you will automatically progress through to the online application. If you cannot complete the application at one time, “save” the application and return to it at a later time to finish. Before submitting your application, you will have the ability to make changes to the application.
  3. Submit your application: once you have completed the application click on the “submit” button at the bottom of the page. Once you submit it, you will not be able to make further changes unless you send a request to ECOR (note that once the deadline passes, request to make changes will not be accepted).

Useful tips:

  • To avoid losing your work, remember to save frequently.
  • You can only upload PDF documents. Limit characters to A-Z, a-z and 0-9 when naming PDF documents. Do not use periods, commas, or dashes in the file name.  
  • If you previously created a profile, please ensure your information is current.

 Click "Apply" at the top of the web page to begin the application.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I need to work at MGH in order to quality for this award?
A. Yes, these awards are funded by the MGH Center for Faculty Development (CFD) and are for women faculty at MGH.

Q. Do I need to have an HMS appointment to be eligible for the award? 
A. For the Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholar Faculty Award, you must have an academic HMS appointment of Instructor, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. The appointment must be through the MGH.
For the Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholar Postdoc Award, you do not need an HMS appointment, but your work must be at MGH.

Q. What is the goal of the Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholars Award? 
A. This award serves to support the career advancement of women faculty leaders at MGH by providing them the opportunity to serve as a “virtual” Visiting Professor and give Grand Rounds at a national or international institution. The CFD will organize the talk and identify a mentor at the host institution for the Scholar. The Award also includes professional coaching on presentation and interview skills, as well as a virtual career development seminar series. The award does not pay for research or protected time.

Q. How will I identify the institution?
A. The CFD will identify the host institution. A “champion” will be identified to work with you to find the best fit.

Q. What is the mentorship opportunity in this award? 
A. The CFD will find a mentor at the host institution who will help expand your professional network.

Q. The award description states that I will receive coaching and leadership development, can you provide more details? 
A. This award is a 1-year program. During this year, you will receive 1:1 professional coaching on presentation and interview skills as well as group coaching sessions and seminars on career advancement and leadership skills with the other Scholars. Please note this time commitment, which comes to approximately 1 hr/month.

Q. The submission requirements state that I need a letter from a mentor – should this be my current mentor or a mentor of the institution I would like to visit? 
A. The mentor should be your current mentor at MGH.

If you have further questions, please submit them via e-mail to