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The New York Academy of Medicine's Ferdinand C. Valentine Fellowship Award for Research in the Field of Urology was established in 1963 to support research training in the specialty of urology for individuals who have completed residency training (prior to the grant award period) acceptable to the American Board of Urology, and who intend to use research training for continued development of an academic career in urology.

Eligibility Requirements

Preference will be given to candidates who will pursue their fellowship at institutions in the greater New York area. Fellows will be required to commit no less than fifty percent of their time to the supported research. First-time applicants will be given preference and only in exceptional circumstances will the renewal of awards be considered. Applicants may apply for both the American Foundation for Urologic Disease and Valentine grants, but if awarded both, candidates may accept only one. Candidates must be United States citizens, permanent residents or have (at the time of application) a valid working visa that can be renewed (if required) through the period of the award.

Application Process

Applicants must complete an online application that requires uploading certain materials and forms:

  1. A signed cover letter describing previous training and experience and how the proposed activities relate to the applicant’s projected career.
  2. Your education and research experience (the online application contains a specific form to be uploaded and completed)
  3. A description of project facilities (the online application contains a specific form to be uploaded and completed)
  4. A project budget (the online application contains a specific form to be uploaded and completed)
  5. A description of the applicant's research career goals (the online application contains a specific form to be uploaded and completed)
  6. A research proposal that includes the project title, applicant’s name, research site, introduction, specific aims, work done by others, work done by applicant, methods of procedure, significance, potential obstacles and relevant bibliography. This should not exceed four (4) pages, including diagrams, illustrations, bibliography and any other supplemental materials.
  7. A curriculum vitae
  8. A signed letter of support from applicant's research sponsor detailing your career development plan, providing a description of the research environment and available research facilities to be provided for the proposed project, providing an analysis of your clinical and research training and affirming that the sponsor has evaluated and approved your proposed application
  9. An NIH biosketch of the research sponsor (sample provided in the online application)
  10. Documentation of IRB or IACUC protocol approval, proof of submission, or waiver (if applicable). The complete protocol is not required, only the appropriate approval or submission cover page. Approvals for pending protocols must be in place by the start of the grant. In the case of animal research, include a copy of the institution’s current HHS Animal Welfare Assurance approval or renewal letter, or a letter from the institution’s research administration office affirming that the animal facility complies with all federal standards and has been so certified.
  11. Signed certification letter from your institutional Grants or Finance Office accepting responsibility for overseeing this grant and stating that the official accepts the conditions outlined in the Academy Patent Policy (policy available online for download).

To begin the application process, click on the link below. You will be asked to complete an eligibility quiz. Provided that you meet the program eligibility requirements, you will then be asked to register by creating a login and password. With your login and password, you will be able to access the online application, including the forms that you must upload and complete.


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Award Information

A one-year fellowship award of $50,000 is available for research commencing in July of the application year. The grant is made to the sponsoring institution for the direct support of the salary and research activities of the awardee. Indirect costs and fringe benefits are not paid by this program. Grant recipients are required to submit progress and financial reports to NYAM at the mid-point and end of the grant period. Failure to comply with reporting requirements may result in termination of the grant and refund of any award monies paid, and may negatively affect consideration of future applications from the grantee’s institution. In addition, it is expected that the results of the supported research will be submitted to a peer reviewed journal for publication. For all publications acknowledgment must be made of support from The Ferdinand C. Valentine Fellowship and The New York Academy of Medicine.


Current & Previous Recipients 

Richard Matulewicz, MD

NYU Langone/Bellevue Hospital

Development and validation of a novel biomarker based nomogram to risk stratify patients undergoing diagnostic evaluation for microscopic hematuria


Russell Hayden, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine

The Role of Long Non-Coding RNAs in Male Infertility

Jennifer Reifsnyder, MD

Cohen's Children's Medical Center at Northwell Health

Noninvasive Detection of Potential for Renal Damage in Pediatric Patients with Vesicoureteral Reflux Using Dynamic Range Ultrasonography


Bradley Morgenstern, MD

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Dynamic Range Ultrasonography in Pediatric Urologic and Nephrologic Renal Diseases


David Golombos, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College

Mutational Analysis to Predict Prostate Cancer Aggressiveness


Padriac O'Malley, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College

Development of Novel Diagnostic Imaging Applications for Prostate Cancer


Matthew Wosnitzer, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College/NY-Presbyterian Hospital

The Role of Ubiquitin Specific Protease 26 (USP26) in Testicular Function and Male Infertility 


Richard K. Lee, MD, MBA

The Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Nanoparticle-mediated Microwave Thermotherapy for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer


Gerald J. Wang, MD

New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center

Applications of multiphoton microscopy in the diagnosis and evaluation of response to immunotherapy in human bladder cancer


Mauricio Davalos, MD

New York Medical College

Oxidative Renal Cell Injury Induced by Calcium Oxalate and Renoprotection with Antioxidants: A Possible Role of Oxidative Stress in Nephrolithiasis

Gerald Y. Tan, MD

Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Novel use of multiphoton microscopy & second-harmonic generation for intra-operative real-time flourescent imaging of peri-prostatic neural architecture during nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy to improve potency outcomes: a controlled study in a rat model


Stephen A. Boorjian, MD

Mayo Clinic

Expression of Inhibitory T Cell Coregulatory Molecules in Primary and Metastic Urothelial Cell Carcinoma of the Bladder

Howard H. Kim, MD

Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Investigation of the Pathophysiology of Leydig Cell Dysfunction and Impaired Spermatogenesis Using a Novel Mouse Varicocele Model


George J. Huang, MD

University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine

Patterns of Care in Bladder Cancer: Emerging Trends Over Time


Ricardo R. Gonzalez, MD

Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Modulating Bladder Neuroinflammation: Investigating Potential Diagnostics and Therapeutics for Interstitial Cystitis

Richard Lee, MD

Children's Hospital Boston

The Identification of a Urinary Biomarker of Upper Tract Obstruction Using Proteomic Analysis in a Neonatal and Adult Rat Model


Saurabh Agarwal, MD

New York Medical College

Possible renoprotection against nephrotoxic agents by glutathione in rats: Role of specific glutathione-dependent enzyme

Michael P. Zahalsky, MD, MMS

Laboratory of David C. Page, MD, Whitehead Institute

Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

X-Linked Testis Genes and Human Spermatogenic Failure


David Yen Tang Chen, MD

New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center

Characterization of Neutral Endopeptidas - anti-PSMA mAb J591 Fusion Protein and Applications as Therapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Jeffrey Michael Donohoe, MD

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Effects of Specific Angiotensin Receptor Subtype Blockade on Bladder Fibrosis

John Stephen Lam, MD (Honorable Mention)

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Characterization of Carbonic Anhydrase (CA IX) as a Tumor-Associated Antigen for Target-Directed Vaccine Therapy of Renal Cell Carcinoma


Assad El-Hakim, MD

Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Laparoscopic Bowel Injury: Evaluation of the Immune Response

Rosalia Misseri, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine

Determining the Hydrostatic Threshold for Bladder Injury


Carin V. Hopps, MD 

The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center

Molecular Investigation of Human Spermatogenesis

Albert A. Samadi, MD

New York Medical College 

Mechanism of Cathepsin D Activation and Its Regulation in Prostate Cancer

Douglas S. Scherr, MD

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 

The Role of p27 in Prostate Epithelial Cell Proliferation/Differentiation


No Fellowships awarded


Robert Soe-Hliang Lai, MD 

Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Electric Neuromodulation in the Treatment of the Neurogenic Bladder Following Spinal Cord Injury


Badrinath R. Konety, MD 

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Molecular Characterization of a Novel Nuclear Matrix Protein Associated with Bladder Cancer

Mark B. Noss, MD, MSc 

Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center

Immunogenetic Etiology of Peyronie’s Disease


Gary E. Lemack, MD 

University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center

Lower Urinary Tract Development and Physiology in Mice Lacking Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase