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Office of Faculty Affairs & Faculty Development Funding Opportunities

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the Mary DeWitt Pettit, MD, Fellowship for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Fellowship Overview

Originally established jointly by the Trust Fund of the Alumnae/i Association of WMC/MCP and the estate of Mary DeWitt Pettit, MD, and donated by the Trust Fund to Drexel University in 2015, this $10,000 fellowship supports research or other special projects of junior female faculty members at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

The fellowship is intended to provide the recipient with the opportunity to acquire additional credentials necessary to advance in academic rank. Applicants are encouraged to address an area of particular interest to the donor, for example, but not limited to: general women’s health or OB/GYN, mother and child/children or family issues, or medical education.

Eligible Faculty

The fellowship is available to female faculty members of the Drexel University College of Medicine for research to advance their scholarship. The recipient does not have to be an alumna of the College of Medicine. The fellowship recipient must be a faculty member until the completion of the project.

See all fellowship guidelines and criteria [PDF]

How to Apply

Application deadline: The deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 5 p.m.

Submission format: A single PDF application must be submitted to

Materials needed (in a single PDF): Cover sheet (download cover sheet as a Word document), proposal with budget (download application instructions [PDF]).

2019 Fellowship Recipient

Mary Ann Comunale, EdD, MS, Microbiology & Immunology

Mary Ann Comunale, EdD, MS
Microbiology & Immunology

For her project, "Gestational Lyme Disease: An Urgent Need for Rapid Diagnosis"

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Fellowship Timeline

Notification of awards: May 2020

Funding for activity: July 1, 2020–June 30, 2022

Final report required: At the completion of the project, a full written report, including a financial statement, must be submitted to the Offices of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development.

More Information

If you have general questions regarding the application process or the fellowship, please do not hesitate to contact Michele Taylor at or 215.762.4661.

Richard Huneke, DVM, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Drexel University College of Medicine.

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