Fostering the next generation of scientists

The Fishman Fund provides funding for exceptional postdoctoral researchers through a competitive application process.
Fishman Fund Awardees 2022

To nurture the careers of future research trailblazers, Sanford Burnham Prebys introduced the Fishman Fund Awards in honor of the Institute's founders, Dr. William and Lillian Fishman.

In 2001, the Fishman Fund was established by Sanford Burnham Prebys supporters Mary Bradley and Reena Horowitz, to honor the Fishmans. In 2010, Jeanne Jones became the co-founder designee.  
Postdoctoral students can apply for the Fishman Fund Fellowship, a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship, and Fishman Fund Career Development Awards.



Fishman Fund Fellowship

The Fishman Fund Fellowship will provide exceptional Sanford Burnham Prebys postdocs with a two-year fellowship award. This fellowship will be bestowed every other year to the young scientist who is ranked highest by the selection committee, and it will be unique from other institutional postdoctoral grants because of the level of the Institute's commitment and support. Most fellowships match or only slightly increase the salary compared with standard NIH postdoctoral salary funding. By compensating exceptional postdocs at a higher level, the Fishman Fund Fellowship will be a sustained investment in future scientific leaders and pioneers.

Fishman Fund Career Development Awards

The Fishman Fund Career Development Awards will provide exceptional Sanford Burnham Prebys postdocs with $10,000 awards. With the funds, postdocs can attend workshops, seminars, conferences and network with top scientists in their field.

Joana Borlido, Ph.D., describes why the Fishman Fund Award has been such a boost to her career.

2019 Fishman Fund Advisory Board
Fishman Fund Advisory Board
  • Penny Michelle Abrams
  • Karen Alexander
  • David Anderson
  • Molly Jaeger Begent
  • Eve Benton
  • Marla Black
  • Cathe Burnham
  • Malin Burnham
  • Linda Chester
  • Jessica Cline
  • Peter Cooper
  • Patti Cooprider
  • Eva Engvall
  • Nina Fishman
  • Cynthia Goodman
  • Reena Horowitz
  • Jeanne Jones
  • Tony Khalil
  • Sheila Lipinsky
  • Philip Low
  • Gregory Lucier
  • Edward Mracek
  • Esther Paul
  • Ramin Pourteymour
  • T. Denny Sanford
  • Doreen Schonbrun
  • Aaron Shenkman
  • Donald Vaughn
  • Ruth Westreich
  • Judy White
  • Armi Williams


Fishman Fund Winners


Selection Committee

Barbara Ranscht, Ph.D. (Chair)
Professor Emeritus

Diane Klotz, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Administration and Professional Development, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Director, Office of Education, Training, and International Services

Elena Pasquale, Ph.D.
Professor, Cancer Metabolism & Microenvironment Program
Director of Academic Affairs

Svasti Haricharan, Ph.D.
Co-Director and Assistant Professor, Cancer Genome and Epigenetics Program
Associate Director, Training & Education, NCI-Designated Cancer Center

Cynthia Goodman, Ed.D.
Member, Fishman Fund Advisory Board