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The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research


Last Updated: 2016-02-09

At A Glance

The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research

333 Cedar St., SHM, L300

New Haven, CT United States 06510

Telephone: (203) 785-4612


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-06-30)

Assets: $57,069,906

Total giving: $3,993,071





Additional Contact Information

E-mail for referees and sponsors with regard to the Fellowship Program:


Established in 1937 in CT - A gift in trust to Yale University, the fund is dedicated to the memory of Jane Coffin Childs, who was Mr. Childs' wife and Miss Coffin's sister. Jane Coffin Childs and Alice S. Coffin were the daughters of Charles Coffin, first president of the General Electric Company. Several members of the Childs family serve on the fund's board of managers. The board of managers, with the advice of the board of scientific advisers, determines how and for what purposes the income and principal of the fund will be expended. The board of scientific advisers is comprised of doctors and scientists in the biomedical field who are affiliated with large universities and centers for medical research

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for medical research into the causes, origins and treatment of cancer. Grants to institutions only for support of cancer research fellowships.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Grants to Individuals Program

Postdoctoral fellowships to individuals to pursue research into the causes and origins of cancer.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Fellowships are awarded for research into the cause, origins, and treatment of cancer. Fellowships are for full-time postdoctoral studies in the medical and related sciences bearing on cancer. Applicants in general should not have more than one year of postdoctoral experience, and must hold either the M.D. degree or the Ph.D. degree in the field in which they propose to study or furnish evidence of equivalent training and experience. The appointment will be for three years. Applicants may be citizens of any country, but for foreign nationals, awards will be made only for study in the United States. American citizens may hold a fellowship either in the United States or in a foreign country. The basic stipend at present is $50,000 the first year, $50,000 the second year and $50,000 the third year, with an additional $1,000 for each dependent child. There is no dependency allowance for a spouse. An allowance of $1,500 a year toward the cost of the research usually will be made available to the laboratory sponsoring the fellow. The research allowance is not to be used for travel. The fellow will have access to $1,800 for travel to science meetings. A travel award will be made to the fellow and family for travel to the sponsoring laboratory.

Fields of Interest

  • Diseases and conditions

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-06-30

Assets: $57,069,906 (market value)

Gifts received: $1,779,769

Expenditures: $4,801,697

Total giving: $3,993,071

Qualifying distributions: $4,449,179