The Hairy Cell Leukemia Foundation is dedicated to improving outcomes for patients by advancing research into the causes and treatment of hairy cell leukemia. As part of that mission, HCLF has joined together with The Sass Foundation for Medical Research (SFMR) to fund effective research into the pathogenesis and treatment of hairy cell leukemia and to encourage investigators to pursue careers in the field of hairy cell leukemia research. Up to $2 million will be invested over five years (2016-2021) to support the Research Grants and Fellowship Awards.

2018 Fellowship Awards

We are now accepting LOIs for the 2018 HCL Fellowship Awards. The deadline is January 19, 2018.

Fellowships are awarded for up to $75,000 per year for three (3) years based on satisfactory annual reports.

Click here for the full Fellowship guidelines and LOI instructions.

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • Fellowship awards are aimed at investigators who wish to pursue a career involving clinical or fundamental research in hairy cell leukemia or related leukemia research fields under an experienced research sponsor’s mentorship.
  • The investigator should be engaged in academic medicine as an exceptional senior post-doctoral fellow (in the 3rd or 4th year of fellowship) or as a junior member of the faculty (within 3 years of completing a post-doctoral fellowship).
  • The investigator should demonstrate a research focus on this disease with an original research project that is independent of his or her mentor’s.

Questions about the HCL Fellowship Awards should be directed by email to or by calling The Hairy Cell Leukemia Foundation: +1-224-355-7201.


2018 Research Grants

The 2018 Research Grants cycle is now closed. Award decisions will be announced soon.