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Junior Investigator Award

Earn recognition for your research.

SHM's Junior Investigator Award was created for junior/early-stage investigators, defined as a faculty within 7 years of first faculty appointment and title no higher than Assistant Professor (includes instructor or equivalent and Assistant Professor). Applicants must be a hospitalist, clinician-investigator or a non-clinical investigator whose research interests focus on the care of hospitalized patients, the organization of hospitals or the practice of hospitalists. Applicants must be members of SHM in good standing.

Nominations from mentors and self-nominations are both welcome.

Congratulations to the 2024 Award winner:
Paula Chatterjee, MD, MPH

Applications for the 2025 Jr. Investigator Award will open in July 2024.

Submission Requirements

All submissions for the Junior Investigator Award require the following:

1. A single page cover letter that expresses the applicant's interest in the JIA award and confirms that they meet eligibility criteria 

2. A letter of support from the department chair or supervisor (not to exceed one page)

3. Standard NIH Bio sketch (not to exceed five pages)

4. A one-page description of Specific Aims or Personal Aspirations. This document may be a specific aims page from a career development award and describes the key focus of the candidate's proposed research. Alternatively, the candidate may submit an overview of their research interests and how these intersect the practice of hospital-based medicine.

5. Supplementary information (not to exceed three pages) which should include each of the following:

  • Area of Interest and Impact of research: the anticipated impact the research may have/has had on hospital medicine, the practice of inpatient medicine, or policies related to hospital-based care on a local, regional or national level.
  • Career achievements and milestones: these should describe the candidate’s achievements in the form of scholarly products (e.g., abstracts, peer-reviewed publications, intra- and extra-mural grant funding, national/international invited talks)
  • Engagement with the Society of Hospital Medicine: the candidate should describe their involvement with the Society e.g. years of SHM membership; involvement with SHM committees, task forces or panels for scientific meetings, presentation of research at SHM meetings (abstracts, posters, and oral sessions); participation at SHM local or regional meetings (including local chapters); attendance at various SHM sponsored activities etc. If applicant has limited engagement in SHM, please describe engagement in other national hospital-medicine engagement as well as future plans for engagement in SHM

Please note: All nominees must be SHM members in good standing. Nominees may be self-nominated. Applicants may request feedback about their applications after adjudication of the winner.

What the Winner Receives

In honor of his or her achievements, the recipient receives:

  • Complimentary one-year SHM membership and registration to SHM’s Annual Conference (more than $1200 value)
  • Recognition at SHM’s Annual Conference
  • Acknowledgment in The Hospitalist, SHM’s monthly news magazine, and on SHM's website
  • The winner will present the Junior Investigator Award commendation talk (30 minutes) during SHM Converge

How to Apply

Congratulations to the 2024 Awards of Excellence winners.

Nominations for the 2024-2025 Awards of Excellence will open in July 2024.

For questions or if you need more information, please email

See what previous awards winners have to say:

The Junior Investigator Award was extremely beneficial for my professional life. In addition to validating my personal sense of value in my research efforts, it has also helped me to gain national prominence as a hospitalist researcher to those that may not otherwise know my work.

Dr. Stephanie Mueller (JIA Winner 2017)

The Junior Investigator Award opened up multiple opportunities for me to work with SHM research leadership which have been meaningful and rewarding. It also helped to highlight that hospital medicine research can reach beyond the hospital to include care delivered in the home after a hospital discharge.

Dr. Christine Jones (JIA Winner 2018)