Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship
Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET
This award recognizes an outstanding assistant-level faculty member who demonstrates leadership potential in addressing inequity in medical education and health care; demonstrates efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States; and is committed to a career in academic medicine.
The recipient receives a $25,000 grant to support a project performed in the United States to support racial and ethnic minorities. Recipients are required to accept the award at Learn Serve Lead 2024: The AAMC Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
Funding for the fellowship begins in November of the year the fellowship is awarded and must be used for direct costs. The recipient will be required to submit a final narrative and financial report by November 2026.
A medical school may nominate one current faculty member per year for this award. A candidate must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Hold the rank of full-time assistant professor in a LCME-accredited U.S. medical school department.
- Have held the assistant professor position appointment beginning no earlier than July 1, 2021.
- Have received only one appointment as assistant professor.
- Hold a MD, PhD, or have earned another doctoral degree.
Nominate Someone for this Award
Learn about Dr. Herbert W. Nickens’ contributions to academic medicine in Reflections on Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Nickens Awards.
Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship
Guidelines for Entry
Your nomination packet must include the following:
- A nomination letter from the medical school’s dean or the dean’s designee (please state if dean’s designee) discussing the nominee’s:
- Demonstrated efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.
- Potential for leadership in addressing inequities in medical education and health care.
- Strong promise for a career in academic medicine.
- A letter of recommendation from the nominee’s department or section chair.
- A letter of recommendation from an individual of the nominee’s choosing.
- A personal statement from the nominee discussing their motivations and objectives for a career in academic medicine and for achieving health equity for racial and ethnic minorities (not to exceed two double-spaced pages).
- A project description that includes the nominee’s project overview, aims, and methods that are clear and feasible within the project timeline (not to exceed two pages). Please use this template provided (PDF).
- The nominee’s project goals and anticipated outcomes that align with the Award goals to advance health equity and diversity in the United States (not to exceed two pages). Please use this template provided (PDF).
- An itemized one-page budget with specific details on how the fellowship funds will be used. Include description of any supplemental resources that may support this project (e.g., other funding, protected time, etc.).
- A current curriculum vitae (CV) for the nominee, which clearly indicates exact date of appointment and current contact information.
All letters and personal statements should be double-spaced, have one-inch margins, and be written in Times New Roman 12-point font.
Please address all questions to:
Nickens Fellowship Recipients
2023 - Luis Godoy, MD, is the 2023 Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship recipients. Dr. Godoy is an assistant professor and assistant program director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency program at UC Davis. Throughout his academic and medical career, Dr. Godoy has focused on DEI to contribute to institutional and societal change that will positively impact future faculty, trainees, staff, and most importantly, his patients. He serves as the UC Davis Department of Surgery Diversity and Inclusion director, a role he is passionate about, and he is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, where he serves on the Workforce for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Godoy was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2013 and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society in 2019. In addition to numerous teaching awards, Dr. Godoy also received the UC Davis University Medal in recognition of his extraordinary contributions.