Gerstner Philanthropies focuses on biomedical research, educational opportunities, and assistance for people who have suffered a temporary setback and could use a “helping hand” to restore their equilibrium.

Our Biomedical Research funding falls into two categories:

  • Supporting important genomic research that could lead to breakthroughs in clinical practice
  • Enabling talented young scientists to pursue a career in research

Our Education work supports students who have talent and determination but whose opportunity to excel is limited because of their economic circumstances.

Our Helping Hands program provides assistance for people experiencing an unforeseen emergency through one-time cash grants.

In addition, we make a small number of grants related to or outside of these areas of focus.


  • Columbia University Releases 2019 Gerstner Scholars Program Report

    Following Columbia's 2019 Gerstner Scholars Program Celebration in June, the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons released a new report on the program, introducing this year's scholars and highlighting the accomplishments of past recipients. Founded in 2008, the Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Scholars Program supports promising physician-scientists in the early stages of their career. To date, 48 young investigators have been named Gerstner Scholars and 5 have received the Gerstner Merit Award. Together, they have amassed over $145 million in additional funding.

    Read the full report
  • Columbia University Announces 2019 Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Scholars
    June 20, 2019

    Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons have selected this year's cohort of Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Scholars. The group includes four physician-scientists at the college and a fifth physician-scientist has been named a 2019 Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Merit Awardee. The Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Scholars Program annually supports tenure-track physicians who conduct research that has the promise to bring new treatments to patients. The fund provides a stipend of $75,000 per year, for up to three years, to support the awardees’ research projects. Scholars are nominated by a committee of distinguished research faculty and selected by the VP&S dean. The program has named scholars every year since 2008. The program also presents the Gerstner Merit Award to an outstanding third-year Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Scholar who has made great strides in research.

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