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Awards and Fellowships for Emerging Professionals

CASSS' awards and fellowships programs provide a wonderful opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and early career professionals to be recognized and honored for their valuable contributions to the field. Please view the brief descriptions below and follow the links for more information, including bios of past winners. 

Learn more and nominate your colleagues or deserving students today.

Next Generation Investigator Award - Cell & Gene Therapy Products 2023

Simran Kaur
CARGO Therapeutics, Inc.

Frantisek Svec Fellowship

Kateřina Fikarová
Charles University
2019 Recipient

Emerging Leader Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

for Graduate Students, Post-doctoral Researchers, and Early Career Industrial Scientists

Emerging Leader in the Advancement of Scientific Knowledge Award

This competitive award aims to provide early career professionals, PhD students, or post-docs with the opportunity to aid in the planning of a Symposia, while receiving hands-on guidance through the planning process by industry, regulatory, and academic leaders that will oversee the successful implementation of their proposed session content. This recognition is an opportunity for awardees to be part of the conversation when crafting scientific content, while cultivating opportunities for knowledge sharing.

Next Generation Investigator Grants

CASSS recognizes the challenges faced by graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and early career professionals in launching and navigating career and building a professional network. Through our Next Generation Investigator (NGI) Grants, we encourage and support participation in our conferences and forums with a limited number of travel grants and waived registrations.

Frantisek Svec Fellowship for Innovative Studies

The CASSS Frantisek Svec Fellowships for Innovative Studies create future leaders in biopharmaceutical development. By providing resources to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers for the exploration of ‘out of the box’ cross-disciplinary training and innovative learning opportunities in the broad fields of biopharmaceutical science and technology, the fellowship honors and embraces the legacy of Frantisek Svec.


Hopkins Biotech Network Mentor Program

Are you interested in a non-academic career in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry? Want to learn more about the types of careers available, and how to transition into those roles? Looking to expand your professional network? 
The Hopkins Biotech Network is pairing with the CASSS global community of biopharmaceutical professionals to offer you a unique mentoring experience. This program offers a 3-month, one-on-one opportunity with a professional in the biotech industry. Mentors can offer a wide range of guidance -- from general career exploration and experience sharing, to focused help on the job application process (i.e. mock interviews, cover letter/resume advice).

Learn more. Applications are closed for the Fall Cohort.