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Environmental Health Science Scholar Award

Call for nominations and applications for the 2023-2024 EHS Scholar 

Program Overview 

Important Dates

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

You are encouraged to submit a nomination. Submit name and contact information (email and phone) to Pamela Lein ( and/or Nicholas Kenyon ( Individuals can self-nominate

Monday, February 20, 2023

Deadline to submit application packet. See Application instructions for details

A major strategic initiative of the UC Davis NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Core Center is to recruit both early-stage investigators (ESI), and established investigators new to Environmental Health Science (EHS). 

In support of this initiative, the Center has established the EHS Scholars Program, which provides the selected Scholar with: partial salary support (up to $25K) for 1 year, funding for career development activities, formal mentoring, and priority access to  EHS Center Cores

The program looks for researchers who bring expertise, innovative approaches and technology that can expand EHS research at UC Davis and open up new opportunities within the Center. 

  • “An early stage investigator” is defined as an individual who has not received an NIH R01 or similar grant and who is within 10 years of completing their research degree or medical residency. 
  • “An established investigator new to EHS” is defined as an individual with an established research program who has not previously been engaged in environmental health science research, but is actively seeking to undertake new directions by investigating environmental factors that contribute to disease or disability in human populations. 

How to apply

We are now soliciting nominations for an EHS Scholar position that will be awarded for the period April 1st, 2023 through March 31st, 2024. We encourage eligible individuals to self-nominate. We are also soliciting nominations from members of the broad UC Davis community who may be able to identify potentially eligible candidates with relevant interests. Clinician Scientists with an interest in Environmental Health Sciences Research are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility criteria 

To be considered eligible, the nominee must be: 

  1. A current or prospective UC Davis faculty member or equivalent title by April 1, 2023 with PI status as defined by UC Davis Sponsored Programs Office; and
  2. An early-stage investigator developing an EHS-relevant research program or established investigator new to EHS, whose expertise and research interests align with the mission of the Center to: (a) advance understanding of environmentally-induced disease and disability; and (b) develop interventions and promote translation into policies or practices that can reduce harmful exposures or mitigate their impacts on health. Applicants can also refer to the current strategic plan of the NIEHS.

Award details 

Each selected EHS Scholar will receive partial salary support (up to $25K) for 1 year, career development and formal mentoring support and priority access to Center Cores.

Application Instructions 

Please submit names and contact information of EHS Scholar nominees (individuals can self-nominate) to Pamela Lein ( and/or Nicholas Kenyon ( by Wednesday, February 8, 2023. 

Applications are due via email to Pamela Lein ( and/or Nicholas Kenyon ( by Monday, February 20, 2023. 

EHS Scholar nominees should submit the following documents in a single PDF file: 

1. Current NIH Biosketch 

2. A 5-page personal statement describing the relevance of their research interests to the Center and to NIEHS, their research accomplishments, and career goals 

3. Two letters of support, including one from the Department Chair, describing the candidate’s anticipated career trajectory. 

Selection criteria 

Selection criteria include: 

  • Relevance of proposed research to EHSC mission 
  • Training and research achievements 
  • Likelihood that Center support will promote the candidate’s career and lead to a successful extramurally-funded research proposal in EHS-related research. 

Areas of high priority include the impacts of air pollution, wildfire smoke, climate change, household chemicals or water contaminants on respiratory health, cancer, neurodevelopment or neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular or metabolic conditions. 

Special consideration will be given to women, underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and individuals from socially, culturally, economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Contact information 

Please direct any questions to the Career Development Program Directors, Pamela Lein ( and Nicholas Kenyon (

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