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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 in the first 5 years of their most recent position/appointment. Applicants must be a hospitalist or clinician-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 2020 Award winner Valerie Vaughn, MD, MSc!

Submission Requirements

All submissions for the Junior Investigator Award require the following:

1. Submission Packet

Must include the following sections:

    • Nomination or self-nomination letter
    • Career development goals (not to exceed one page)
    • Area of interest and impact of research (not to exceed two pages)
    • Engagement with SHM (not to exceed one page)

2. Nomination Letter from Superior

3. NIH Biosketch 

Please note
: All nominees must be SHM members. Nominees may be self-nominated.

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
  • Recognition on stage at SHM’s Annual Conference
  • Acknowledgement in The Hospitalist, SHM’s monthly news magazine, and on SHM's website

How to Apply

SHM’s Junior Investigator Award is now closed. Nominations will open in the fall of 2020. 

If you have questions or 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)